He was ahead of his times. Ahead of himself may be too. In the history of Indian cinema, Guru Dutt's legacy remains unparalleled even 50 years after his tragic death. He was the first of its kind. And perhaps the only one.
Born in Karnataka as a Padukone, the master craftsman had Calcutta running in his jugular veins. He thus adopted Dutt as his imbibed surname. Suits him. A thinker before anything else, Guru Dutt's contemplating cinema failed to appeal to the newly independent nation of India. Personally I wasn't a great fan of Guru Dutt as an actor. I don't think he was a natural at it. He was a wonderful filmmaker, though. Pyaasa, Kaagaz Ke Phool, Sahib Biwi aur Ghulam are Bollywood classics by this ace director. One of my regrets remains Guru Dutt and Dilip Kumars ego hassles, which potentially robbed us of a cinematic treat. They never worked together, though Guru Dutts orginal star cast for Pyaasa had- Dilip Kumar, Nargis and Madhu Bala in lead roles.