Author: Nasreen Munni Kabir
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN/UPC (if available): 019567233-X
This biography traces the life and works of the remarkable director and actor, Guru Dutt, who - during his brief thirteen-year career - succeeded in replacing the repetitive ingredients of formulaic cinema with an individual and lyrical vision.
The author traces the life of this unusual man through accounts of his films and a series of interviews with his family, colleagues and friends. The book describes the making of such classics as Pyaasa, Kaagaz ke Phool, and Mr and Mrs 55 in careful detail, providing an invaluable fund of information of those in Guru Dutt's films.
Technicians, music directors, actors and other colleagues describe how it was to work with him; friends and family uncover aspects of him that are less known but much speculated upon.
With numerous photographs, this book is essential reading for all interested in Indian cinema and biographies.
. . A very compelling portrait . . . A book every student and scholar of cinema, and everyone involved in the art of films is bound to enjoy. - - THE HINDUSTAN TIMES
. . This invaluable book is the most extended treatment of Guru Dutt in English. Kabir writes with sympathy, a personal touch and without jargon .. Gets as close to the man and his inner impulses as may be possible. - - THE TIMES HIGHER EDUCATION SUPPLEMENT