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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 V.K. Murthy, music director S.D. 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. Starting his career as a driver and chaperone to Guru Dutt’s producer on the sets of Baaz, Abrar soon caught the attention of the director with his sharp ear for and understanding of film dialogue.
With Aar Paar in 1954, Abrar rewrote the rules of dialogue-writing in Hindi cinema, till then marked by theatricality and artificiality. He followed it up with masterpieces like Mr and Mrs ’55, Pyaasa and Kaagaz Ke Phool, before donning the director’s mantle with great success in Sahib Bibi Aur Ghulam. Brimming with lively anecdotes—about how Abrar honed his skills by writing over 300 love letters; how an accident involving a buffalo led to the discovery of Waheeda Rehman; Guru Dutt’s visit to a kotha to get the ambience right for Pyaasa—this acclaimed book is a warm and insightful look at two remarkable artistes who inspired each other to create movie magic.
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Nov 5, 2011
Not greatIt sounds more of a Abrar Alvi's story rather Guru Dutt. Abrar boasted enough about himself instead sharing the nostalgia with the legend.Otherwise its good.Saran ha beautifully narrated it giving the right context in each chapter.I would rate it a 3/5
Jun 5, 2012
take with a pinch of saltFor fans of Guru Dutt this book is a bit of a let down. interesting in parts,but more about the greatness of Mr. Alvi than any thing else.He seems to harbour a grudge against Geeta Dutt which may have clouded his memories of past events.Since she is not alive to defend herself we hear only one side of the story. Otherwise a well written book.
Jun 17, 2014
A Beautiful InsightThis book offers an insight into the life of perhaps the most iconoclastic director of his time and perhaps of all time in Indian cinema. The perspective is fresh, told from he point of view of Abrar Alvi, Guru Dutt's colleague and confidante.
Deepak M R
Jun 23, 2012
A Peek into the Golden EraAn involved work which gives a glimpse into the life of one of India's brilliant film maker. The book is almost but not quite a period piece too.
May 25, 2012
A mixed reviewFirst of all, let me get it straight..I wanted something which was wholeheartedly on the legendary film maker..Instead the book is interspersed with Abrar Alvi's own life story as well..Some parts were really good, like all the real stories which he has told regarding Guru Dutt. But then a specific biographical account was missing in this book.
Dec 29, 2011
Great BookI have found this book has a good grip and you can't leave it without completed it. Yes, I am agree with Kranthi Boyapati (a user commented here) sometimes it sounds more of a Abrar Alvi's story rather Guru Dutt but that discussion is also important to understand the things happening around Gurudutt and in that era. Its worth.