Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Bollywood Lyricist Gulzar: Indian Cinema is Going through a Very Interesting Phase

Famous lyricist, filmmaker, director, Gulzar has recently commented that Indian cinema is going through a very interesting phrase and has developed a language of its own. He has also revealed his hope that he will be back in filmmaking again after he catches up to this new language. Gulzar has recently received an award at the Mumbai Academy of Moving Images' (MAMI) 10th Festival.

Gulzar wrote the lyric of the widely popular Bollywood song Kajrare in 2005 which bought him the Filmfare Best Lyricist Award.

Hindustan Times reported:

Why have you stopped directing films? Your last film Hu Tu Tu was released five years ago.
I admit it is along gap. Cinema has gone through a major change in this period. Indian cinema is going through a very interesting phase and has developed a language of its own.
In future many films may have no story but only talking images, like Bunti and Babli. There is no story in this film but you enjoy the sheer energy of two young characters. I am trying to catch up to this new language in my own way. And I shall definitely return as director and filmmaker

What is the most important thing about Kajrare?
Audience dances to its music and beats. This is the biggest acclamation for a writer. He should work in conjunction with the music director and should be able to live up to the music.

Bollywood thinks Kajrare rocks because of the lyrics.
Don’t credit me It is Aishwarya’s magic. Credit also goes to the music director.

Gulzar won eight Filmfare Best Lyricist Awards so far. However, the most prestigious award of his life came in 2004 when he was honored with Padma Bhushan. He worked with many legendary music directors of the industry including Rahul Dev Burman, Sachin Dev Burman, Salil Chowdhury, and Madan Mohan. However, his association with Rahul Dev Burman was most notable.