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Geeta Dutt and ‘haseen sitam’ of her music: Her relationship with Guru Dutt, love of her life and reason for her downfall

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Before she became known as Guru Dutt’s wife, the great songster of Pyaasa, Kaagaz Ke Phool and Anubhav was a more famous name. Would the world of Bollywood playback have been different if she hadn’t died relatively young at 41 in 1972?

Lata Mangeshkar, Shamshad Begum, Asha Bhosle. These are musical geniuses whose golden voices carry a whiff of Hindi cinema’s golden past. But then, all geniuses need other geniuses to show them who the real genius is. That was Geeta Dutt, one of the greatest lost potentials of all time. For further proof, why not ask Lata Mangeshkar who was the most towering figure of Geeta’s time as well as ours? She will be able to vouch for the fact that Geeta was a rage in her heyday, having dominated Hindi female playback with her soulful style of singing through the high noon of 1950s.

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