10KAAGAZ KE PHOOL (1959)
One of the classiest films from the creative repertoire of veteran film personality Guru Dutt, ‘Kaagaz Ke Pool’ is considered a masterpiece by legions of film enthusiasts and Hindi cinema lovers all over the world. But, much to the amazement of many loyal admirers of the movie, the film was declared a box office disaster upon its release on 2nd January, 1959. Reason? Many people opine that the film was way too ahead of its time and hence could not get its due on its release. However, it has built a fan base of millions over the years and is considered one of the most beautiful creative creations of Hindi cinema. It resurrected as a world cinema cult classic in the 1980s.
‘Kaagaz Ke Phool’ revolves around the Hindi film industry and tells the story of the rise and fall of a distinguished filmmaker, Suresh Sinha. The film starred Guru Dutt who was also the director of the movie. Famed actress Waheeda Rehman was seen in the role of his wife. Said to have been inspired by Guru Dutt’s association with renowned filmmaker, Gyan Mukherjee, the film released to negative response. The audience, too, did not like the film and stayed away from it. Soon, the film was discontinued from screens, incurring heavy losses to the makers. Despite starring two brilliant actors like Guru Dutt and Waheeda Rehman, it failed to garner desired response back then. After the dismal performance of this film, all movies from Guru Dutt’s studio were officially directed by other directors, since Dutt saw his own name as a curse. However, over the years, the audience and critics tried to watch the film with a new perspective and found it quite deep. Today, the film has become one of the most precious gems of Indian cinema.
TRIVIA: After the disappointment the failure of ‘Kaagaz Ke Phool’ caused, Guru Dutt stopped directing films. However, he continued to produce films.