Director and Actor Guru Dutt

Film historian Elliott Stein–who holds a monthly cinema chat for BAMcinematek–highly recommended that I see Guru Dutt‘s seminal work Pyaasa (1957) within the Dutt retrospective at the NYFF. Craig and I saw the wonderful story of a poet who is struggling with the world around him yesterday. (Elliott wrote on Dutt in The Village Voice here.)

This was one of my favorite scenes and songs/recitations of poems. Our hero Vijay/Guru is serving drinks at the home of his Boss the publisher who he has just found out is also the husband of his college sweetheart Meena! I’m trying to find a translation of the key line that he repeats. It’s something crazy melancholy like joy to those who love and are loved in returned.


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