Remarkable director Guru Dutt has changed the face of Indian cinema with his modern and women-oriented films. His legacy is alive for his quintessential classics such as Kagaz Ke Phool, Pyassa, Sahib Biwi aur Ghulam and Chaudhvi Ka Chand. His contribution to Indian new wave cinema made the 1960s as the golden year of the Indian cinema.
His movies featured outstanding actors like Waheeda Rehman and Johnny Walker. Initially, he started with Prabhat Studios as a choreographer but got a chance to direct his debut Film Bazzi starring Dev Anand in 1951 . The film was not well-received in the box-office but it opened the doors for Guru Dutt to direct some brilliant and realistic films of his times. He has worked with super-talented actresses like Madhubala and Meena Kumari in Mr & Mrs 55 and Sahib Biwi aur Ghulam.
His most acclaimed film is Pyassa. It is rated as one of the best 100 films of all-time by Time Magazine, which also called it ‘the soulfully romantic a lot’. The film raised serious issues like prostitution, employment gaps and rich and poor divide.
He also made the first cinemascope film Kagaz Ke Phool partially based on his life. Guru Dutt has invested a great deal of love , money and energy in this film but was an intense disappointment. After its failure in the box office, he lost his zeal to direct more movies. His next film as producer was Sahib biwi aur Ghulam with Meena Kumari winning the Filmfare Best Director’s award to Abrar Alvi.