Tribute to Guru Dutt by Shaishavi Kadakia


Guru Dutt

A man rejected in his lifetime, revered after his death. 

Guru Dutt was a strange man – an enigma. He was like grains of sand, one can hold them, but never grasp them. Guru Dutt did not just make movies, he conjured them. Unfortunately, no one gave him his due when he lived, not even he himself. The hunger for love, appreciation and perfection drove him to despair and alcoholism and finally consumed his life.

 Gham is qadar badhe ke main ghabrake pee gayaIs dil ki bebasi pe taras khake pee gayaThhukra raha tha mujhko badi der se jahanMain aaj sab jahan ko thhukra ke pee gaya.

Pyaasa, 1957.

 Guru Dutt’s Childhood: 

Gurudutta Padukone was born on the 9th of July, 1925, in Karnataka. He was not Bengali, as most people believe him to be. Yet, he was so enamoured by Bengal, where he stayed for a few years, that he changed his name to Guru Dutt (Dutt being a Bengali surname).

After learning dance from Uday Shankar’s dance academy at Almora, he set out for Bombay where he got his first break as a dance director in the 1948 movie Hum Ek Hain. Incidentally, this was Dev Anand’s first movie, too. And, as fate had it, Guru Dutt and Dev Anand met in strange circumstances (at the dhobi’s where their clothes had got exchanged), began a long friendship and a professional union. Continue reading


Korean Extravaganza : By Monojit Banerjee



Our member Monojit Banerjee writes his first post on our Blog which is an excellent blend of some ‘interesting must-watch’ films & his journey through the Korean films which is fascinating & an enthralling experience. Here is what he writes:  The substance that leaves me awestruck every time is the Korean filmmaking. The way they effortlessly dare to explore the most profound corners of the human mind is unparalleled in the whole world. Even the mindless Hollywood gore/splatter flicks with extended scenes of torture look so bland and amateur in front of these utterly stylish jaw droppers. Continue reading

This Week At Enlighten : Born Into Brothels


 Directed by: Zana Briski & Ross Kauffman/85 mins/ India/ Colour/Digital

 Synopsis:  Born Into Brothels is a 2004 documentary directed by Zana Briski & Ross Kauffman. It has won an Oscar for the Best Documentary including 13 other wins & 3 nominations.   Within the Red Light District of Calcutta this documentary explores the fruitless lives of the sons & daughters of prostitutes through photography & film. The director (Zana Briski) is determined to use the photography to provide the children with the opportunity for higher education, hope & a better life. By the end of the film most of the children are enrolled & attending classes, however not all take the opportunity & choose to return to the brothels.


            Won an Oscar, Golden Kinnaree Award, Audience Choice   

             Award & Truer Than Fiction Award for Best Documentary Feature.


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