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Guru Dutt

Vasanth Kumar Shivashankar Padukone was an Indian film director, producer and actor. He was born on 9 July 1925, at Bangalore. His father Shivashanker Rao Padukone was initially a headmaster, and then a bank employee. And his mother Vasanthi Padukone was initially a housewife, later taught in a school. She also wrote short stories.

Guru Dutt got his first job of a telephone operator at a Lever Brothers factory in Kolkata. Then he found a job under three-year contract with the Prabhat Film Company in Pune by his uncle. In 1944 he acted in a small role as Sri Krishna in Chand. In 1953, Dutt married Geeta Dutt. She was a well-known playback singer. They had three children, Tarun (born 1954), Arun (born 1956), and Nina Dutt (born 1962).

He died on 10 October, 1964, when he was 39 years old.


Name: Vasanth Kumar Shivashankar Padukone
Other Name: Guru Dutt
Born: July 9, 1925
Star Sign: Gemini(indian), Cancer(western)
Height: 5 feet 10 inchs
Eye Color: Black
Hair Color: Black
Hobbies:  Hunting
Education: Uday Shankar’s dancing school at Almora
Profession: Director, Choreographer, Producer and Actor
Years of Active: 1944 to 1964
Citizenship: Indian
Languages: Hindi, English


  • Parents: Shivshanker Padukone & Vasanthi Padukone
  • Wife: Geeta Dutt
  • Son(s): Arun & Tarun
  • Daughter(s): Nina
  • Brother(s):  Atmaram, Devidas and Vijay
  • Sister(s):  Lalita


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