The two young men struggling to find a foothold in the Bombay film Industry became friends in a studio. the one was struggling Actor and other was a struggling Director. On the Friendship Day Let's remember the friendship between the two Legends Dev Anand and Guru Dutt.
It happened in Prabhat studio where Dev Anand was doing his first film Hum Ek Hain, Guru Dutt was the Assistant Director and Choreographer of that film. Both were staying in that studio in an apartment. One day Dev Anand saw Guru Dutt was wearing his shirt. On enquiring, Dutt admitted that the shirt got swapped in the laundry and since he didn't have any spare shirt so he wore it. This incident became the foundation of a great friendship.
After this incident both started living together and spending time together.both were talented and dreaming to make it big in Bollywood. they promised each other that if Guru Dutt turns a filmmaker he would take Dev as his Hero and If Dev makes a film he will take Guru Dutt as the Director.
The dream did come true. After Dev Anand started Navketan, he asked Guru to direct Navketan’s second film, Baazi in 1950. It was then Guru’s turn to give his best for his dear friend. Guru Dutt exhibited his unique style and showed expertise in song sequences. However, Guru was under-confident when it came to the film’s climax and, unexpectedly, even went into hibernation at Mangalore. Dev’s elder brother, Chetan, shot the climax to some extent and persuaded Guru to return. Chetan and Dev restored confidence in Guru and he completed the post-directional work. The film became hit that established Guru Dutt as a Director.
The second film of Guru Dutt was Jaal released in 1952 Jaal sees one of Dev Anand’s best ever performances as he mixes his dark side with his charming one perfectly. In 1953 he directed a film Baaz in which he himself became Hero with Geeta Bali as his heroine but the film flopped. After that, he produced and directed and also acted in Aar Paar in 1954.Side by side he also produced CID in which he took Dev Anand thus fulfilled the promise made earlier.
Though they all worked separately after CID, Guru was highly instrumental for the success of Navketan’s production, Kala Pani, in 1958. Raj and Guru brought in Lachhu Maharaj to choreograph the immortal songs, Nazar Lagi Raja and Hum Bekhudi Mein. Khosla shot all the intense court scenes of the film under Guru’s guidance.
Dev Anand in an interview said that their friendship remained intact even Guru Dutt and he was not working together. Both were busy making films so couldn't meet frequently.
Guru Dutt was having trouble in his marriage and with the flop of Kagaz Ke Phool, he was completely shattered. Though Guru regained success with Chaudhivian Ka Chand (1961) and Saheb Biwi Aur Ghulam (1962), he quit direction soon after. On October 6, 1964, he came back to Dev with the idea of directing him and Waheeda in a serious, social film for Navketan. He was bent on Vijay Anand, Dev’s younger brother to edit the film. Dev welcomed his true friend back with open arms.
Unfortunately four days after the conversation, Guru committed suicide.Dev Anand was shooting for Teen Deviyan when he got this news. He immediately rushed to his house infact he was the first person to be there on the spot.
It was a pathetic sight — a sobbing Anand holding the dead Guru’s hand and repeatedly saying, “Guru.Uth Kahan Chala Gaya Tu (Guru, get up. Where have you gone?)”. Consoling a speechless Geeta, Dev broke down. Remembering this immortal friendship seems the best way to mark the Friendship Day