'Aamir is perfect to play Guru Dutt'

'Aamir is perfect to play Guru Dutt'

Dada Saheb Phalke Award winning cinematographer V K Murthy feels Aamir Khan would be ideal to play the role of late actor Guru Dutt. The ace cinematographer, famous for his camera work in Guru Dutt’s classics like Pyaasa and Sahib Bibi Aur Ghulam, and a close friend of the legendary actor-director believes that only a perfectionist like Aamir can do justice to the role.

“I don’t get impressed by actors easily but Aamir is in a different league. Lagaan and Taare Zameen Par are classics of Indian cinema. Aamir does not follow the Bollywood formula and is very passionate about his work. He reminds me of Guru Dutt,” said Murthy.
The 87-year-old Murthy is the first technician to be honoured with Dada Saheb Phalke trophy, Indian cinema’s highest award, since its inception in 1969. “I was very close to Guru Dutt and he was a man of depth. Only a perfectionist like Aamir can do justice to him,” said Murthy.

According to Arun Dutt, Guru Dutt’s son, Aamir has been approached for the project and he has asked for the script. Murthy is best remembered for his stunning camera work in songs like Chaudhvin Ka Chand and Jaane Woh Kaise Log The. The veteran cinematographer believes that it is difficult for today’s film-makers to achieve the status of Guru Dutt.

“Guru Dutt had an amazing understanding of cinema. I worked for 35 years after his death but people still remember me for the work I did in his movies. Today Indian cinema is known internationally but I don’t think we will ever have another Guru Dutt," said the cinematographer. Murthy is also known for his camera work in films like Pakeezah (1972) and Razia Sultan (1983).

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