Throughout my analysis for the guide Guru Dutt An Unfinished Story, numerous accounts of Guru Dutt’s colleagues, shut associates and his relations urged that regardless of being on the peak of his success, Guru Dutt’s fixed chorus was, “Mujhe lagta hai mai paagal ho jaoonga (I believe I’ll go loopy!)”
As a biographer, I used to be curious to know what was the turbulence in Guru Dutt’s life and cinema? Why was Guru Dutt consistently stressed and lonely? Why would he run away from Bombay on the lookout for escape from his tortured mind-set. And eventually, regardless of creating these masterpieces inside a span of simply 10 years, why did he finish his life on the younger age of 39?
A number of folks near Guru Dutt blame his turbulent relationship with Geeta and the a lot talked about relationship with Waheeda Rehman? It’s also mentioned that he may by no means recuperate from the large failure of his magnum opus Kaagaz Ke Phool. I learnt in regards to the tales of his disturbed childhood and later his dependence on alcohol and sleeping tablets. However was there a single motive that left him so heartbroken that he tried suicide many instances?
It was stunning that Geeta Dutt, a star in her personal proper was not an important character in all of the earlier accounts on Guru Dutt. Why was her model denied in virtually all of the write-ups about Guru Dutt?
Lastly, by Guru Dutt’s sister Lalitha Lajmi’s the story of Guru and Geeta Dutt unravelled within the guide. Lalitha Lajmi informed me, “Guru Dutt and Geeta have been deeply in love. However there was one main battle of their relationship. Guru had promised that Geeta would proceed singing even after their marriage. However now he wished her to sing solely within the movies produced by Guru Dutt. He wished Geeta to care for the household, the massive home they’d constructed. With each profitable movie Guru achieved fame whereas Geeta felt that she has been denied her share of fame.”
About Waheeda Rehman, Lalitha mentioned, ‘Waheeda and Guru Dutt had virtually parted (in 1961). She used to ask us each typically for dinner and my brother knew she was pleasant with me. l heard Guru Dutt went with a bouquet of flowers to her dwelling and the doorways weren’t opened to him. Maybe it was after this incident l had visited him and for the primary time he informed me to not be in contact along with her any extra.’
However she additionally added, “I don’t assume he dedicated suicide over both of the 2 girls. Professionally, Waheeda and Guru Dutt had moved away a lot earlier than he handed away.”
Then what else was happening in Guru Dutt’s life that he had twice tried to kill himself. He survived each makes an attempt however was lastly gone on 10th Oct 1964, he was gone at 39.
Lalitha Lajmi says, “For years I had goals of Guru Dutt mendacity on his mattress along with his eyes half open and an unfinished guide. I attempt to wake him up. I say, ‘stand up! stand up! your admirers are ready beneath the balcony!’ I maintain taking a look at his face. He appears like he’s in a deep sleep. I maintain ready for him to stand up however he’s lifeless.”
I attempt to piece collectively the tales of Guru Dutt’s life and instances in my guide Guru Dutt An Unfinished Story. It’s the story of Guru Dutt the genius filmmaker who remained an outsider within the movie trade. It’s the story of Guru Dutt, the individual, a lonely, tortured soul and additionally it is the story of the Hindi Movie trade of the 1950s and 60s.
(Yaaser Usman is a biographer, journalist and movie critic)