This movie was made in two versions - an English version in collaboration with Pearl S. Buck and directed by Ted Danielewski to introduce Dev Anand to western audiences and of course the Hindi version directed by Dev Anand's younger brother Vijay Anand.

The movie's song "Aaj phir jeene ki tamanna hai" was shot at Chittorgarh Fort, especially the palace of beautiful queen named 'Padmini' whose beauty has mesmerized the Khijli sultan, Allauddin Khilji. The song and the location depicts Rosie's (the female protagonist) newly found independence. Ironically, the Queen Padmini's beauty led to the downfall of Raja Ratan Singh and his tribes victory only after losing the women in a sacrificial pyre lead by the queen herself.

Guide was Dev Anand's first film in color.

The movie song "Aaj phir jeene ki tamanna hai" is shot in Chittorgarh Fort, Rajasthan. In fact, the reflection of the heroine on one of the mirrors, during the song, is inspired from the legendary tale of Alauddin Khilji catching a glimpse of Queen Padmini on the same mirror in the main hall.

The film is based on the book "The Guide" by R. K. Narayan, India's best known author in the English language.

S.D. Burman fell very sick while composing music for this film. Dev Anand waited for his favorite music director to recover instead of getting a new one. S.D. Burman got better and went on to compose some of his best music ever.

Song Trivia - Mose Chhal Kiye Jaye Haay Re Haay Dekho Saiyan Beimaan - This song has Pandit Shiv Kumar Sharma playing the tabla. While he started his career playing the tabla, Shiva Kumar Sharma had given up the instrument to focus on the santoor. It was R.D. Burman who convinced him to play the tabla for this song. He did not play the tabla again for any other Hindi film song.

The USA version introduces new characters and expands the role of the TV reporter. It also includes a sequence in the US Embassy in Delhi.

The director Vijay Anand and the hero Dev Anand had talks with the author R.K Narayan who told them how he had been inspired by a real event to write "The Guide". The plot of the novel is derived from the outbreak of drought that took place in his home town of Mysore. In extreme desperation, the municipal council decided to resort to rituals and prayer. A group of Brahmins stood on the parched bed of the river Kaveri. On the twelfth day it rained. This episode was piled with a love-story.

Was the First Indian Film ever to be invited by the Cannes Film Festival Committee to be showcased in the 'Cannes Classics' section at the Cannes Film Festival in 2008. Dev Anand walked the Red Carpet for this event along with the then Indian Ambassador to France, his son Suneil Anand accompanied him.

The song Allah Megh De was later recreated as "De De Pyar De" for the film Sharabi.

Dev and Vijay Anand had first approached lyricist Hasrat Jaipuri for this film. After being disappointed by Hasrat's offered lyrics, the brothers turned to Shailendra. Shailendra, on his part, was disappointed that he was the second choice and quoted a fee that was very high at that time. The brothers agreed and Shailendra offered them the mukhda of "Gaata Rahe Mera Dil" by the time they left.

R. K. Narayan disliked the film adaptation of his novel. Reviewing the English version of the film for the magazine 'Life', he called it "The Misguided Guide".

Vijay Anand was horrified when he read the script and thought it would ruin the image of the country abroad. He refused twice to direct the film. It was only on the third attempt by Dev Anand that he agreed.

Song Trivia - Gaata Rahe Mera Dil - R.D. Burman contributed to this song composed by his father.

Song Trivia - Allah Megh De Paani De - This song is adapted from a Bengali folk song attributed to the Bangladeshi singer Abbas Uddin Ahmed.

The American version includes brief nudity (body double) and a scene that implies Dev Anand's character has had sex with the heroine.

Composer Sachin Dev Burman fell seriously ill during this film and even requested Dev Anand to engage some other composer for the film. But Dev Anand stood firm to his side and said that he would wait till Dada Burman is fit again. Once cured, the masterpiece compositions started to flow; the first song recorded was the evergreen "Gaata Rahe Mera Dil".

The song gaata rahe mera dil tu hi meri manzil.....this song was recorded and added to the film after the shooting of the entire film was complete.

Song Trivia - Din Dhal Jaye Haye Raat Na Jaye - The first line of this song was actually written by Hasrat Jaipuri. Director Vijay Anand was not pleased with this line and Hasrat walked out of the film after an argument with him. Shailendra was brought in to replace Hasrat. Ironically, Shailendra chose to retain the contentious line that led to Hasrat's exit from the film.

"Piya Tose Naina Laage Re" was a long and tough song to compose and arrange. Vijay Anand suggested Sachin Dev Burman to compose each stanza of it as a separate song, as that was the way he intended to picturise the song in the film.

Almost entire film industry attended the premiere. Everybody was so shocked by the unconventional theme, that no person went to director Vijay Anand to congratulate for his work, leaving him heartbroken. The film opened to full houses, but barring a few circuits,the collections dipped substantially because audience couldn't understand the ending. It picked up again slowly once they understood it. It went on to become official entry for the oscars and also won 7 filmfare awards.

Song Trivia - Wahan Kaun Hai Tera Musafir - S.D. Burman had use the tune of this song earlier for his Bengali song "Dur Kon Porobashe".

Song Trivia - Aaj Phir Jeene Ki Tamanna Hai - Dev Anand did not like this song when it was recorded . On the insistence of his brother and the film's director Vijay Anand, they decided to shoot the song and then determine if the song should be retained. By the time the shoot ended, Dev Anand had changed his mind and agreed to keep the song in the film.

Initially, Vyjantimala was Vijay Anand's choice for the role of Rosie. But she was replaced by Waheeda Rahman because of the single reason that the former would look rather chubby as the counter-part slim Dev Anand. Waheeda enacted the role of Rosie with impeccable justice. Besides, her dancing calibre (Vyjantimala too is a skilled dancer) added to her brilliant performances. Her emotions as a helpless wife, stage-performer, as a lover and finally feeling of pity have been wonderfully portrayed

Guide is the first film of. Vijay Anand as editor, along with Babu Sheikh and Guide was first colour film of Vijay Anand and cinematographer Faili Mistry who had to go to Hollywood to know the technic to shoot film in colour.

Dialogues of the film were sample for the International song "Life" by ALI THE SON OF ABDUL in the album YEAR OF THE SATELLITE.

Bally Sagoo remixed the song "Aaj Phir Jeene Ki" for the album Bollywood Flashback 2.

OS613 remixed the song " Aaj Phir Jeene Ki Tamanah " and titled it "Bollywood Deus".

"Cya Go No Wa" by Anil Bheem was a cover version of "Gaata Raha Mera Dil".

This movie was made in two versions - an English version in collaboration with Pearl S. Buck and directed by Ted Danielewski to introduce Dev Anand to western audiences and of course the Hindi version directed by Dev Anand's younger brother Vijay Anand.

Vijay Anand was horrified when he read the script and thought it would ruin the image of the country abroad. He refused twice to direct the film. It was only on the third attempt by Dev Anand that he agreed.

The film is based on the book "The Guide" by R. K. Narayan, India's best known author in the English language.

Towards the begining of 60s the regime of S.D Burman was suffering decadence. He was in fact, looking for the right platform whence he could re-establish his by-gone glory. The film "Guide" was made under the Navketan banner that could hardly part from S.D Burman. He emptied his wallet of melodies for the film. "Kanto se khinch ke le aanchal","Tere mere sapne","Piya to se","Din dhal jaye hai","Gata rahe mera dil". Such mellifluous melodies enhanced the status of Indian Film music.

Blockbuster movie Guide starring Dev Anand & Waheeda Rehaman was based on novel by R.K.Narayan, and was first made in English and later in Hindi.

The song "Gaata Rahe Mera Dil" was sampled by Anil Bheem for the song "Cya Go No Way".

Mohamed Rafi had recorded a song for Guide, but after the recording the Anand Brothers were not satisfied with that song. So another song was composed and sung by Mohd Rafi and was used in the film. That song which was recorded wasnt used. Also first Chetan Anand was to direct Guide, then Raj Khosla finally Vijay Anand then directed Guide.

The song DIN DHAL JAAYE HAAYE was sampled in the song "Hit No 1(Din Dhal Jaye ,high)" by Bagula Bhagat from the album L.S.D. Burman.

Debut film of Jr Artist Asha Rani Singh who then went on to work for for more then 50 years a Jr artist.

Asha Rani Singh did some steps in the song Aaj Phir Jeene Ki Tamannah Hai for Waheeda Rehman when she wasn't available.