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Guru Dutt Restored!

MUBI Special

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.

Chaudhvin Ka Chand

M. Sadiq India, 1960


After the perceived failure of Kaagaz Ke Phool, Guru Dutt made his comeback in the role of actor-producer with this melodrama of mistaken identity. Featuring the first use of color photography in Hindi cinema, this is an enlightening—at turns devastating—fable of friendship and intercultural love.

Kaagaz Ke Phool

Guru Dutt India, 1959


The final film in Guru Dutt’s directing career, Kaagaz Ke Phool is a sweeping romantic voyage into both the brightest and darkest corners of a love shared by two artists divided by their society and careers. A haunting cinematic premonition of Dutt’s own personal demise—a misunderstood masterwork.


Guru Dutt India, 1957


Starting our series of three restorations from the iconoclastic Guru Dutt is Pyaasa, a zenith of Indian cinema. Concerning a poet (played by Dutt himself!) whose radical works are neglected from a society distracted from truth, Pyaasa is a towering emotional experience in love, art, and defiance.

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