Guru Dutt on Stage
The discovery of Waheeda Rahman; the picturisation of the popular song Sar joh tere chakraye in Pyaasa, featuring Johny Walker, and the making of Sahib Bibi Aur Ghulam are episodes in Indian cinema that have piqued the interest of cinema lovers. Now, these accounts, along with some other significant incidents from Guru Dutt's life, will be dramatised for a theatrical experience called Ten Years with Guru Dutt: Abrar Alvi's Journey. The play is based on an anthology of memories of Abrar Alvi on his relationship with Dutt. This was printed as a book, written by journalist Sathya Saran in 2008 by the same name. The play that premieres on November 20 at 9 pm and November 21 at 6 pm and 9 pm at Mumbai's Prithvi Theatre is written and directed by Saattvic. "It started with a dramatised reading of the book. It felt so visual that I thought it can be adapted for the stage," says Saattvic, who plays a young Alvi. Tariq Vasudeva and Namit play Guru Dutt and the old Alvi respectively. Designers Sabyasachi Mukherjee and Raghavendra Rathod have created costumes for the cast.