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Guru Dutt and Kagaz Ke phool

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hmmmmmmmmmmmm..not feeling bored with Guru? if yes then please for God sake bear me..and if no..then enjoy the golden moments..with the history…Tonight the late show is all about Kagaz Ke phool..in which waheeda rehman got  her first break….as a path marking actress…after the success of Pyasa.

                        Mr. Dutt was very much confident about the movie but due to its bold story line in accordence with that age..the movie proved to be the disastrous one…..so sad!!!

But on the whole..enjoy the details of Kagaz ke phool…

Kaagaz Ke Phool
Directed by Guru Dutt
Written by Abrar Alvi
Starring Waheeda Rehman
Guru Dutt
Baby Naaz
Johnny Walker
Music by S.D. Burman
Cinematography V.K. Murthy
Editing by Y.G. Chawhan
Running time 148 min.
The storyis flowing …..The film tells, in flashback, the story of Suresh Sinha (Guru Dutt), a famous film director. His marriage to Bina (Veena) is on the rocks because her wealthy family sees filmmaking as a job lacking in social status. He is also denied access to his daughter Pammi (Naaz) who is sent to a private boarding school.

On a rainy night Sinha meets a woman Shanti (Waheeda Rehman) and gives her his coat. She comes to the film studio to return the coat, unintentionally disrupting the shooting by walking in front of the camera. While reviewing the rushes, Sinha recognises her potential as a star in the making and casts her as Paro in Devdas. Shanti goes on to become an acclaimed star. Shanti and Suresh, two lonely people, come together. Their liaison is hotly debated in gossip columns and results in Pammi’s friends tormenting her in school. Pammi pleads with Shanti to leave Sinha’s life and allow her parent’s marriage another chance. Moved by Pammi’s plea Shanti throws away her career and becomes a school teacher in a small village. Shanti’s departure drives Suresh to alcohol, a downhill slide in his career and consequent decline in his fortunes. Shanti is forced to return to films since she has a contract with the studio. Eventually he gets a chance to make a comeback film only if it stars Shanti; but by then she is unable to help him, as he is too far-gone for redemption. In the final scene, Sinha, remembering his glorious past, dies in the empty film studio in the director’s chair, a lonely and forgotten man.

and some say that the plot was…

Plot Inspiration

Many claim that the film is semi-autobiographical of Guru Dutt and that he portrayed his angst in the movie. At the time of production of the film, Guru Dutt’s marriage to Geeta Dutt was under strain due to his liking for Waheeda Rehman. This was openly known causing Guru Dutt’s personal life to resemble that of the protagonist in the movie. However, the forecast of his own (Guru Dutt’s) death, to parallel the sad and imminent death of the protagonist in the film, is debatable.

Another explanation for the inspiration is Guru Dutt’s association with Gyan Mukherjee, the famous 1940s director whose Qismet (1941) had made him into a household name. The life and subsequent failures of Mukherjee, whom Guru Dutt had joined in 1950, influenced him deeply. Many think that Kaghaz ke Phool was based on Gyan Mukherjee’s life and failures,[4] as Guru Dutt’s previous film Pyaasa had been dedicated to him.

some famous sound tracks from the film………


[edit]Dekhi Zamane Ki Yaari ‘बिछडे सभी बारी बारी’ – Mohammad Rafi

Kaifi Azmi teamed up with S.D. Burman for Kaagaz Ke Phool, coming up with some scintillating gems like the following treatise on disenchantment:

Dekhee jamaane kee yaaree, bichhade sabhee baaree baaree
kyaa leke mile ab duniyaan se, aasoo ke siwaa kuchh paas nahee
yaa fool hee fool the daaman me, yaa kaanto kee bhee aas nahee
matalab kee duniyaan hain saaree, bichhade sabhee baaree baaree.. [6]

[edit]Waqt Ne Kiya Kya Haseen Sitam ‘वक्त ने किया क्या हसीं सितम’ – Geeta Dutt

The most popular song of the film is the deeply emotional “Waqt Ne Kiya Kya Haseen Situm; Tum Rahein Na Tum, Hum Rahein Na Hum” [7] . Soulfully tuned by the S. D. Burman, this song was brought to fruition by the pain-lashed voice ofGeeta Dutt to make it the perfect theme song for a lost season of grace. Many singers, including Lata Mangeshkar, have tried unsuccessfully to re-create the same magic as Geeta Dutt.

…and some facts hidden…

Considered one of Guru Dutt‘s finest film by many, Kaagaz Ke Phool was a commercial disaster when it was first released. At the film’s premiere, Dr Rajendra Prasad, then President of India and invited chief guest, walked out of the cinema hall deeply offended[citation needed]. Audiences in Delhi’s Regal cinema threw stones at the screen during the screening. Reactions like these deeply affected the sensitive and introverted Dutt[1] Guru Dutt himself admitted in an interview to Filmfare in 1963,

” It was good in patches. It was too slow and it went over the head of audiences.”

Even though Guru Dutt produced and acted in two commercially successful and critically acclaimed hits after this, namely Chaudhvin Ka Chand (1960) and Sahib, Bibi Aur Ghulam (1962), he never undertook the role of director again. There is some speculation that Sahib Bibi Aur Ghulam was ghost directed by him, although it lists Abrar Alvi as the director, for which he won the year’s Filmfare ‘Best Director’ award.

Ironically, today Kaagaz ke Phool enjoys a cult following [2], and became a commercial hit at its 1984 re-release in France and Japan. Critically acclaimed even at time of its release, it is often listed in top ten Hindi movies of all time listings today. The film is regarded by many as India’s equivalent of “Sunset Boulevard“. Guru Dutt’s influence in Indian cinema continues to date.

The cinematographer of Kaagaz Ke Phool was the legendary V.K. Murthy and it has the distinction of being the first Indian film made in wide 75 mm CinemaScope.[3] He created the sun breaking through studio roof shot in the movie with use of a pair of ordinary mirrors and sambarani to get a parallel beam, as seen in the song, Waqt Ne Kiya. This scene won him the Filmfare Best Cinematographer Award for 1959.The film also won critical acclaim in direction, lyrics and poetic songs. S.D. Burman and Kaifi Azmi poured their heart and soul in the music and lyrics of this film respectively.

So…friends enjoy the late night show of the golden story…Kagaz ke phool…

and love for all…..








One thought on “Guru Dutt and Kagaz Ke phool

  1. It was a really nice movie, a once a time gem. It is really sad that the movie was not commercially successful at that time, but its success later only reinforces the story of Pyasa

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