Remembering Guru Dutt: Best five works of the maestro

Do you know who Vasanth Kumar Shivashankar Padukone is? He falls in the list of the most iconic filmmakers and actors of Bollywood. He did less than 50 films in his 39-year lifespan, and yet shone as a beacon in the history of Indian cinema. He died an untimely death. And was born on this day 90 years back.

If you still haven’t guessed Guru Dutt’s name, it is time you grabbed some popcorn, got yourself a box of tissues, and camped before your television to watch some good movies by the actor-director. Here’s a list of Dutt’s best work that you can start with:

1. Aar Paar (1954)

Aar Paar was one of Dutt's commercial ventures. © India Today Aar Paar was one of Dutt’s commercial ventures.

Aar Paar was one of Dutt’s commercial ventures, themed as a noir-comedy, about a street-smart cab driver romancing two women. A whole tramp-with-a-golden-heart concept was a hit with the audience and made the movie a very important one in Dutt’s career.

2. Pyaasa (1957)

Pyaasa: This movie is rated as one of the best romantic tragedies of all times. © India Today This movie is rated as one of the best romantic tragedies of all times.

This is the movie that gave the audience goose bumps with the song Ye Duniya Agar Mil Bhi Jaaye To Kya, where a bearded, beaten-down Dutt arrives at his own memorial service and denounces the world. This movie is rated as one of the best romantic tragedies of all times in India.

3. Kaagaz Ke Phool (1959)

Kaagaz Ke Phool was a box office disaster when it released in 1959. © India Today Kaagaz Ke Phool was a box office disaster when it released in 1959.

Believe it or not, this movie was a box office disaster when it released in 1959. It was only in the 80s that it got its due credit and got labelled a cult classic. Also, this film has a bit of an eerie resemblance to Dutt’s real life; famous filmmaker, affair with an actor, driven to alcoholism, and then the tragic death. But we like to remember it for its heartbreaking story.

4. Chaudhvin Ka Chand (1960)

Chaudhvin Ka Chand was a highly commercially successful film. © India Today Chaudhvin Ka Chand was a highly commercially successful film.

A love triangle among two best friends and a pretty woman; a story line done to death. But Dutt pulled it off with a brilliance like none other, making Chaudhvin Ka Chand a commercially successful film in his career.

5. Sahib Biwi Aur Ghulam (1962)

Sahib Biwi Aur Ghulam: The movie was an adaptation of Bimal Mitra's Bengali novel Shaheb Bibi Golam © India Today The movie was an adaptation of Bimal Mitra’s Bengali novel Shaheb Bibi Golam

Based on Bimal Mitra’s Bengali novel Shaheb Bibi Golam, it is the story of a feudal lord, his lonely wife, and their lower-class servant. The movie swivels beautifully around the relationship between the three, ending on a happy note (unlike in the novel).

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