- Birthday23 November, 1930
- Fun Trivia:Her face featured on a postage stamp released by India Post in her homour on May 3, 2013.
Born in a Zamindar family in Faridpur, Geeta Dutt along with her parents eventually moved to Bombay when she was 12. After professional training, she got her break in the mythological film ‘Bhakta Prahlad’ in 1946. Consequently her voice got recognised and she was known for singing songs like ‘Mera Sundar Sapna Beet Gaya’, ‘Neha Lagake Mukh Mod Gaya’, ‘Tadbeer Se Bigdi Hui Taqdeer Bana Le’, ‘Aye Dil Mujhe Data De’, ‘Waqt Ne Kiya’.
She married director Guru Dutt on May 26, 1953, whom she had met while recording for the film ‘Baazi’.
In 1958, SD Burman tried working with Geeta, however personal problems led to lack of practice, that failed her to meet Burman’s standards. However, she gave one of her best renditions in ‘Waqt ne kiya kya haseen sitam’; but the box-office disaster of ‘Kaagaz Ke Phool’ gave them a huge financial and emotional blow.
After the demise of Guru Dutt from a combination of alcohol and an overdose of sleeping pills, Geeta had a nervous breakdown. She ran into financial troubles; she tried to resume her singing career too. However, at the age of 41 in the year 1972, she lost her life to liver cirrhosis.