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Yours Guru Dutt Intimate: Letters of a Great Indian Filmmaker

Nasreen Munni Kabir (Author)
Synopsis In 1951, when filmmaker Guru Dutt was twenty-six years old, he met the talented playback singer Geeta Roy. A few days later, when he wrote her a first letter, it marked the beginning of a correspondence that spanned a 13-year-long relationship - from their courtship and turbulent marriage to the troubled years that ultimately led to Guru Dutt’s tragic suicide in 1964. Yours Guru Dutt: Intimate Letters of a Great Indian Filmmaker presents thirty-seven letters, previously never published, of which the vast majority were addressed to Geeta Dutt, and includes postcards sent to his sons, Tarun and Arun. Guru Dutt’s correspondence paints an intimate portrait of the passions and obsessions of a tormented cinema genius. There is often a divide between an artist and his creations but it is evident that Guru Dutt’s films closely echo the inner turmoil that permeates these heartfelt outpourings.
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About the author

Nasreen Munni Kabir

Nasreen Munni Kabir is a London-based documentary filmmaker/author who has made several documentaries produced for Channel 4 TV (UK), including Follow that Star (a profile of Amitabh Bachchan, 1989), the series Movie Mahal and The Inner/Outer World of Shah Rukh Khan (2005, Channel 4/Red Chillies). She has also written several books on 
Hindi cinema, including Guru Dutt, a life in cinema, Talking Films/Talking Songs with Javed Akhtar, and The Immortal Dialogue of Mughal-e-Azam. Born in Hyderabad, India, she has lived most of her life in the UK. In 1999, she won the first Asian Womens’ Achievement Award for her work in promoting Indian cinema in the UK, and is a former governor on the board of the British Film Institute, serving a six-year term. A consultant to Channel 4 for over 25 years, she continues to curate their annual 20-part Indian film season. She is currently working on a book on Raj Kapoor’s Awaara.

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Title Yours Guru Dutt Intimate: Letters of a Great Indian Filmmaker
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2006
Edition 1st ed.
Publisher Roli Books
Language: English
isbn 8174363882
length 168p., Plates; 24cm.