We are immensely proud to present three new restorations from the iconoclastic Indian director-actor-producer, Guru Dutt. In post-Independence India—and amidst ceaseless personal, political, and mental crisis—Dutt made a small yet formidable body of work which reckoned with existential and political themes few of his contemporaries dared touch. Tragically, Dutt passed through a possible suicide or accidental overdose, but his vision of piercing romanticism wedded with ravishing cynicism thankfully remains as a guiding light through modernity.
This retrospective starts with his landmark film Pyaasa, in which he stars as a poet neglected by the world and his society, followed by his final directorial work, the naked romance Kaagaz Ke Phool, and concluding with Chaudhvin Ka Chand, a touching drama story in which he produced and starred. Ripe for discovery and re-discovery alike, Guru Dutt is an imperative, singular voice in the history of both Indian and world cinema.