If there is magic in the cinema, only he is… If there is charisma in the cinema, only he is… In reality, he continued to be a ‘thirsty’, who wandered in search of peace all his life. His life became a ‘paper flower’, whose fragrance not only illuminates the world of cinema, but remains fragrant to this day and will remain fragrant for eternity.
If you are also a movie lover, surely you will have understood who is being talked about. If you don’t understand then let us tell you that the Azim-o-Shah we are talking about is none other than Guru Dutt who had landed on this earth on the day i.e. 9th of July. Let us introduce you to some stories from his wandering life on the occasion of his birth anniversary.
The real name of this person who gained worldwide fame under the name of Guru Dutt was Vasant Kumar Shivshankar Padukone. Actually, the name of Guru Dutt, born in Padukone (now Karnataka) of British India, was changed after an accident. His father Shivshankar Rao Padukone was a director and banker while his mother Vasanthi was a teacher and writer. His parents used to live in Karwar but he used to be transferred due to his work. Guru Dutt’s early childhood was spent in Bhawanipur, Calcutta, so he used to speak Bengali very well. It is said that he was very stubborn as a child. Once he used to make a decision, he used to follow it only after completing it. If he didn’t like the thing, he would leave her in such a way that he never turned to her.
Guru Dutt was fond of movies and acting since childhood. This was the reason why he, in early 1942, studied at Uday Shankar’s School of Dance and Choreography in Almora, but was fired after his name was linked to that of a woman in charge of the company. After this, he worked as a telephone operator in a company in Calcutta (now Kolkata), but he did not like being here. After some time, he quit his job and went with his parents to Mumbai. During that time, his uncle hired him as an assistant director at Prabhat Film Company for a three-year contract, after which Guru Dutt’s journey in the world of cinema began.
You may be surprised to know that Guru Dutt, one of the veterans of the world of cinema, made only eight Hindi films in his career, but all of them achieved the title of cult cinema. Actually, Guru Dutt was a mine of qualities in himself. He himself used to fulfill the responsibility of actor, director, producer, choreographer and writer. This is the reason why he is counted among the great filmmakers of Indian cinema. Guru Dutt gave classic Bollywood movies like Pyaasa, Sahib Biwi Aur Ghulam, Kaagaz Ke Phool, Chaudhvin Ka Chand.
Although Guru Dutt’s stars always shone on the screen, he was very concerned about his personal life. Actually, in the year 1953 he married the singer Geeta Dutt, but his married life was not very good. Geeta and Guru Dutt’s opinions did not coincide. However, some people said that Waheeda Rehman had entered Guru Dutt’s life, which had an impact on his married life. However, once Guru Dutt took such a step to improve the relationship with Geeta, everyone was shocked. It so happened that on his birthday, he had demolished his own luxurious house located in the Pali Hill area. Actually, there was a tree in that house and Guru Dutt felt that some ghost lives in it, so there are problems in his married life.
In the year 1964, on October 10, at just 39 years old, Guru Dutt said goodbye to this world. His body was found in a rented house on Peddar Road, Mumbai. His death is a mystery to this day, as some people call it an accident and many call it a suicide. The reasoning behind the suicide is that Guru Dutt had attempted suicide twice before. However, experts say that he died due to excessive alcohol consumption and an overdose of sleeping pills.