Guru Dutt Shiv Shankar Padukone, the famous director and actor was born on 9th July
1925 in Mangalore, Karnataka. He received his early education in Calcutta.
Guru Dutt learned dancing at Uday Shankar's, India Cultural Centre at Almora
for two years. Later he moved to Maharashtra where he began his association
with the film world. He learned every aspect of film making by assisting major
directors in studios like Prabhat, Famous Pictures, Bombay Talkies etc.
Dutt's earliest assignments in the world of commercial cinema was that of
a choreographer in the film 'Hum Ek Hain' and as an actor in the film 'Lakhrani'
in 1944. His first big break as a director came with ' Baazi' (1951), produced
by Dev Anand's Navketan Studio but it was with 'Aar Paar'(1954), that Guru
Dutt entered his most popular phase as a director. He also proved his mettle
as an actor by playing the hero in the film with a style of his own. During
this time he married the popular playback singer, Geeta Roy who was to sing
some of the best songs in his films.