Guru Dutt

1925 - 1964

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Vasanth Kumar Shivashankar Padukone (9 July 1925 – 10 October 1964), better known as Guru Dutt, was an Indian film director, producer, actor, choreographer, and writer. Widely regarded as one of the greatest filmmakers of Indian cinema, he made films that have been regarded as some of the finest that Hindi cinema has seen..He made 1950s and 1960s classics such as Pyaasa (1957), Kaagaz Ke Phool (1959), Chaudhvin Ka Chand (1960), and Sahib Bibi Aur Ghulam (1962), many being considered among the greatest films in Hindi-language cinema. Pyaasa in particular has made its way on to Time magazine's all-time 100 Greatest Movies list. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Guru Dutt has received more than 1,844,172 page views. His biography is available in 34 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 30 in 2019). Guru Dutt is the 1,017th most popular film director (down from 926th in 2019), the 521st most popular biography from India (down from 453rd in 2019) and the 7th most popular Indian Film Director.

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Among film directors, Guru Dutt ranks 1,017 out of 1,580Before him are Martin McDonagh, Matt Reeves, Francesco Maselli, Wally Pfister, David Twohy, and Ritwik Ghatak. After him are Sidney Franklin, Rachid Bouchareb, Antonio Isasi-Isasmendi, Luis Llosa, Shinichirō Watanabe, and Nana Jorjadze.

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Among people born in 1925, Guru Dutt ranks 337Before him are Alain Decaux, Colette Marchand, Lyuben Berov, Georges Stuber, Tony Benn, and Ritwik Ghatak. After him are Phillip V. Tobias, Dany Dauberson, Axel Schandorff, Hugh O'Brian, June Lockhart, and Abel Muzorewa. Among people deceased in 1964, Guru Dutt ranks 143Before him are Ville Pörhölä, Adolf Šimperský, Amrit Kaur, Joe Gaetjens, Luis Batlle Berres, and Edward Van Sloan. After him are Nuriye Ulviye Mevlan Civelek, Hermann Barrelet, Frederick Grace, Eugène Olivier, Albina Osipowich, and Jack Teagarden.

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Among people born in India, Guru Dutt ranks 521 out of 1,227Before him are Ali Akbar Khan (1922), Kareena Kapoor (1980), Choudhry Rahmat Ali (1895), Hemanta Mukherjee (1920), Tanuja (1943), and Indra Nooyi (1955). After him are Janaki Ammal (1897), Fathima Beevi (1927), Anandiben Patel (1941), Qurratulain Hyder (1927), Rajnath Singh (1951), and Naseeruddin Shah (1949).


Among film directors born in India, Guru Dutt ranks 7Before him are Satyajit Ray (1921), Lindsay Anderson (1923), Michael Radford (1946), M. Night Shyamalan (1970), Dadasaheb Phalke (1870), and Dara Singh (1928). After him are Khwaja Ahmad Abbas (1914), Mahesh Bhatt (1948), Adoor Gopalakrishnan (1941), Tarsem Singh (1961), Ismail Merchant (1936), and Shyam Benegal (1934).