Here is the tale of a forbidden love-affair between two souls which ruined great lives and brought in trauma to their lives. Still, entertaining us through their classy performances. The tell-tale version of the most outstanding and memorable couple of all times – Guru Dutt and Waheeda Rehman.
Guru Dutt was born on 9th July 1925 in Bangalore and completed his schooling in Kolkata. He was actually born as Vasanth Kumar Shivshankar Padukone. His father was a bank-employee and mother a house-wife who then became a writer. He completed his education at Uday Shankar India Culture Centre, Almora and then moved to Mumbai after acquiring a job with Prabhat Film Company. He debuted with a small role in the movie Chand.
Waheeda Rehman was born on 14th May 1936 in Chengalpattu-Tamil Nadu to a Muslim family. Being the District Magistrate her father was posted at several places. As a child she wanted to become a doctor but, destiny was against her and she couldn’t continue her studies due to illness. But, being a skilled Bharatnatyam dancer she entered the film industry in the year 1954. As many heroines, she started her acting career with the South-Indian film industry. Her first film was Alibabaum 40 Thirudargalum (Tamil) in the year 1955. But, the bi-lingual film Kaalam Maari Pocchu (1955) brought her fame as the dance sequence was greatly appreciated.
So, how did Guru Dutt meet Waheeda? Well, she was in Hyderabad celebrating its success and he happened to be there searching for new faces for his next film. He wanted someone who could speak Urdu. They both met and after several months he flew her down to Mumbai and casted her in his production as a vamp in the movie CID (1956).
The'Kahin Pe Nigahein Kahin Pe Nishana' song from CID won many hearts with her prolific dance performance. Their next venture together was Pyaasa in which Waheeda played the leading role. She played the role of a prostitute who possesses a heart of gold. It is during the making of this film that Guru Dutt realized his love for her. Actually, he wanted to cast Waheeda in this film but, still offered these roles to Nargis and Madhubala but the two were puzzled as to which role to choose, so he went ahead and casted Waheeda for the other role he chose Mala Sinha - a new comer.
The duo acted in the movie 12’o clock, a mysterious thriller which was produced by GP. Sippy. Their next film Kaagaz Ke Phool (1959) was the autobiographical portray of Guru Dutt’s life. Although the film had good poetic moments, the film didn’t do quite well due to lack of good screenplay and differed the likes of the audience. Their next film Chaudhvin Ka Chand (1960) was a super-duper hit, by this time even Waheeda accepted the relationship and their love was visible in the movie. The relation between them was evident to the audience as Dutt sang, Chaudhavin ka chand ho ya aftab Jo bhi ho khuda ki kasam tum lajawab ho to Waheeda. Both, Waheeda and Guru Dutt never compromised on their performance. If Waheeda couldn’t perform well, Dutt ji would focus elsewhere hiding her flaws and Waheeda would capture the audience mind with her spectacular performance thereby, hiding his flaws. Sahib Biwi Aur Ghulam was their next and last film together after which both of them broke off professionally as she didn’t renew the contract between them. In fact, the crew members of the film said she completed the project under some strain.
It is also said that Waheeda and Dutt decided to be together but, Dutt walked away. He loved two women in his life – Geeta Dutt and Waheeda Rehman. He wanted them both to be a part of his life, unfortunately in Hindu customs a man could marry again only, if he divorced his wife from the previous marriage which Dutt didn’t want to do. To find solace, he gave more time to work ignoring his wife and family this stirred up the problems in his life and made it more miserable. Finally, Geeta Dutt left Dutt ji in despair which brought the iron-fisted man to isolation. The adamant and ferocious man who never took ‘no’ for an answer started running away from his own life. He attempted suicide thrice but, lost his breath in the last try. The legendry super-active actor put his nerves to a deep sleep on October 10 1964. Although, some of the movies brought him fame, he was not ready to accept them as he was already drowned in destiny’s game. He didn’t even try to swim across the hurdles for he knew he could never be back the same.
It was gracious of Waheeda who attended Dutt’s funeral, in spite of much bitterness between them she never bad-mouthed him or try to accuse him. Guru Dutt always said, "Life mein, yaar, kya hai? Do hi toh cheezen hai – kamyaabi aur failure.