Ten Years with Guru Dutt: An insightful read

Spicezee Bureau

New Delhi, July 18: ‘Ten Years with Guru Dutt: Abrar Alvi’s Journey’ by Sathya Saran is a warm and insightful look at the two remarkable artistes: Guru Dutt and Abrar Alvi. It is, at the same time, an intimate account of the ecstasy and the agony that marked the making of some of the enduring classics of Indian cinema.

Guru Dutt is probably the only Indian film-maker who, within the parameters of the box office, made a personal statement with his cinema. His films stand testimony not only to his own genius but also to the creativity of his team, comprising stalwarts like cameraman VK Murthy, music director SD Burman, and writer Abrar Alvi, among others.

In ‘Ten Years with Guru Dutt: Abrar Alvi’s Journey’, Sathya Saran looks at the tumultuous yet incredibly fecund relationship between the mercurial director and his equally talented albeit unsung writer, a partnership that evolved over a decade till Guru Dutt’s tragic death in 1964.

Published by Penguin, the book is full of anecdotes – about how Abrar honed his skills by writing over 300 love letters; how an incident involving a buffalo led to the discovery of Waheeda Rehman; Guru Dutt’s visit to a ‘kotha’, to get the ambience right for Pyaasa.

Sathya Saran’s latest work is bound to stir interest. The lady is not only one of the leading journalists in India, but also the editor of a popular women’s magazine – Me. Sathya has won a number of awards for her contribution to journalism.