Nasreen Munni's "In Search of Guru Dutt" DVD Released in Ceremony with Shyam Benegal, Lalita Lajmi and More

By Ekta Kumari

Shyam Benegal, Lalita Lajmi, Kalpana Lajmi, Arun Dutt, Hiren Gada and others
Shyam Benegal, Lalita Lajmi, Kalpana Lajmi, Arun Dutt, Hiren Gada and others
Shyam Benegal, Lalita Lajmi, Kalpana Lajmi, Arun Dutt, Hiren Gada and others

Mumbai, July 9, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) A film maker who painted each frame in his mind with the touch of perfection and then carved it out effortlessly in each scene of his film is Guru Dutt.

Shemaroo Entertainment releases a Collectors DVD Pack of the documentary “In Search of Guru Dutt” directed by Nasreen Munni Kabir on the occasion of his 86th birth anniversary of the legendary film maker and actor at Planet M, Churchgate. The occasion was graced by Shyam Benegal, known Director, Lalita Lajmi, well-known Indian painter, Kalpana Lajmi, the famous film maker Arun Dutt, Son of Guru Dutt and Hiren Gada, Director Shemaroo Entertainment.

“In Search of Guru Dutt” is a moving and haunting 85 minute film that has been greatly appreciated by audiences around the world. Presented through evocative film excerpts and insightful comments by colleagues and near ones like Dev Anand, Waheeda Rehman, Abrar Alvi, Majrooh Sultanpuri, Kaifi Azmi, Johny Walker, Shyam Benegal, Atmaram, Kalpana Lajmi and many more. The collector’s pack also has a book along with the DVD which has few of the most rare photos of Guru Dutt and his close ones. In Search of Guru Dutt is a fine documentary that paints a fine and thoughtful portrait of an exceptional director of Indian cinema.

Nasreen Munni Kabir is an India-born television producer based in the UK, best known for producing an annual season of Indian films for the British terrestrial television channel - Channel 4. She has also recently published 3 well received coffee table books called “In Search of Lata Mangeshkar”; "A. R. Rahman : The Spirit of Music" and “ The Dialogue of Pyaasa”.

Shyam Benegal shares his thoughts on the occasion, “Nasreen Munni Kabir made this documentary film 20 yrs ago. This was the first comprehensive documentary film made about Guru Dutt on his work and continues to remain one of the best sources of information on Guru Dutt’s films, his technique and work”

Arun Dutt says “When I saw In Search of Guru Dutt for the first time, I was truly impressed by the portrayal of my father’s films, the interviews with the family and his co-workers, and the way in which Nasreen had visualized it. I consider it to be the best documentary today or in the future”

Nasreen Munni Kabir talks about her documentary “This is perhaps one of the first long documentaries on an Indian film personality, and I feel most fortunate to have recorded the many fine minds of Indian Cinema, many of whom have now passed away and whose contribution will always remain a vital part of Indian film history.”

Kalpana Lajmi speaks about the film “Its fascinating to know that Nasreen Munni Kabir, brought up in London had enough passion & vision to capture Guru Dutt by sheer watching him on screen. She has evolved herself as a film maker during the journey. She adds "Nasreen is an amazing film maker. Though she never met Uncle Guru Dutt but has portrayed him very well in the film. She has actually brought him to life again with this film. The film is very poetic and analytical and actually reflects the love and tenderness of a woman's touch while the journey of Guru Dutt unfolds through his work and cinema."

Hiren Gada, Director, Shemaroo Entertainment says, “In search of Guru Dutt is a fine documentary film that captures the essence of Guru Dutt’s personal life, his contribution to the industry and the different phases of his career. This film is made with a lot of passion and we are sure that it will evoke a feeling of admiration and nostalgia among audiences.”

Planet M is part of the VIDEOCON GROUP, a fortune 500 company acquired. Planet M is present in 32 cities with over 200 outlets. Planet M is a specialty retail with Entertainment, Gaming, Mobile, Lifestyle and Leisure Space.

For the last four decades, Shemaroo has been at the forefront of the infinitely exciting Indian entertainment industry. It has gradually emerged as one of the largest Filmed Entertainment “Content House” in the country with activities ranging from Aggregation, Distribution, Production and Post Production. Shemaroo is amongst the top source of filmed content for the leading Broadcast Channels. Shemaroo is also one of the pioneering companies in New Media sphere and is actively involved in leveraging emerging technologies like the Broadband, Internet, IPTV and Mobile among others. With its partnership with giants like British Telecom in UK, and all the major telecoms in India, Shemaroo is at the forefront of the digital age.

Shemaroo Home Video catalogue includes more than 1000 titles, offering its audience a complete entertainment package for both classes & masses and Indian & Foreign audience alike. Shemaroo’s Overseas division is taking Bollywood into international markets and has distributed films in more than 50 coutries across various platforms. Also, being a major player in Film Production, the company has a number of successful movies to its credit. Shemaroo’s Animation arm is the foremost player in the space of original content creation with several releases under its belt. The state-of-the-art Post-production facilities along with in-depth expertise serve as a one shop-stop for digital post-production services for the entertainment industry.

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