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Guru Dutt


On Guru Dutt's 96th birth anniversary: Why the Master of Gloom fascinates us even today

July 10, 2021 8:52 am

The maker of iconic Pyaasa and Kaagaz Ke Phool died when he was only 39. Though he made few films and according to many accounts, led a depressed life he continues to intrigue decades after his death.

Guru Dutt's Kaagaz Ke Phool through the eyes of a millennial: Cancel culture, foretold

July 09, 2021 10:03 am

Kaagaz Ke Phool was released during a period that many film historians call the ‘golden age of Indian cinema.’ Its plot gives a realistic picture of what the Indian film scene looked like back in the 1950s.

Bollywood Rewind | Pyaasa: Guru Dutt questions the meaning of life in this timeless classic

June 20, 2021 8:27 am

Starring Guru Dutt, Mala Sinha and Waheeda Rehman, Dutt's 1957 film Pyaasa examines the eternal question that humans have always had - 'What is the meaning of life?'.

Song of the Month: The shocking relevance of Sahir Ludhianvi's rousing Jinhe naaz hai Hindi par

December 26, 2019 4:25 pm

Amidst the ongoing anti-Citizenship Amendment Act protests, the politically-charged "Jinhe naaz hai Hind par woh kahan hai?" from Guru Dutt's 1957 classic Pyaasa is a reminder that poets and writers have always held a mirror to the ruling order. I wonder how the Left-leaning Sahir Ludhianvi, who braved Partition, would have reacted to the contentious bill and threats to India's long-cherished secularism and freedom of speech.

Pyaasa song 'Jaane voh kaise' inspired by national anthem

July 25, 2018 5:00 pm

The music for SD Burman's "Jaane voh kaise" was inspired by a line of the national anthem. In the new book, S. D. Burman: The Prince-Musician, many more facts about SD Burman's life are revealed.

On Guru Dutt’s birth anniversary: How a 1957 film ‘Pyaasa’ still speaks to you

July 09, 2017 5:12 pm

On Guru Dutt’s birth anniversary: Long before La La Land and Rockstar, Guru Dutt's Pyaasa that's also listed in TIME's top 100 movies explored similar themes. The film is intellectually stimulating even today. Watching it in 2017 can be a tedious task, given the film's slow pace. But it's nevertheless impactful.

Pyaasa Meets Parichay: Remembering Guru Dutt and Sanjeev Kumar on their birth anniversaries today

July 09, 2017 11:24 am

Guru Dutt and Sanjeev Kumar birth anniversaries: Guru Dutt and Sanjeev Kumar, two very different stars from vastly different eras who nevertheless left behind rich legacies, have a few things in common. For one they died tragically young and were unlucky in love.

Would love to play Guru Dutt on screen: Shah Rukh Khan

March 23, 2016 5:24 pm

Shah Rukh Khan has expressed his desire to portray veteran actor-filmmaker Guru Dutt in a biopic.

Let Me Make You Mine

July 19, 2015 8:01 am

Mr and Mrs 55 is a great ride till the time the film doesn’t go all sanskari. Alvi’s dialogues are the star of the narrative.

Tanu Weds Manu Returns, Piku's success says it all - Script is the real king

May 29, 2015 9:51 am

The recent success of Tanu Weds Manu Returns and Piku has proved that the script is the most crucial component of a film.


Balika Vadhu actress Pratyusha Banerjee, Jiah Khan : Actors who committed suicide

April 02, 2016 7:36 am

Balika Vadhu actor Pratyusha Banerjee, Jiah Khan, Parveen Babi - Take a look at the actors who committed suicide.

SRK-Kajol, Salman Khan-Katrina Kaif, Dilip Kumar-Madhubala: Bollywood's golden couples onscreen

December 11, 2015 9:04 am

There are some pairings in Hindi cinema including Shah Rukh Khan- Kajol, Salman Khan-Katrina Kaif, Dilip Kumar Madhubala, Hema Malini-Dharmendra, that struck a chord with audiences and stayed with them after all these years. Here’s a look at Bollywood's golden couples onscreen.

SRK, Kajol, Aishwarya: Celebs who can play 'yesteryear actors' in biopics

October 18, 2014 12:17 pm

We look at some yesteryear actors whose inspiring and controversial life can be put down to be made a movie.