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Gulzar, a name that does not need an introduction.  A multitalented individual; poet, storyteller, director, scriptwriter, and lyricist.  Without a doubt, he is a towering figure of contemporary Indian literature and cinema. We all remember the song from the film Mausam, Lakdi ki kaathi that a generation grew up singing to the Oscar winning Jai ho.  His songs have enthralled millions.  His unique and much acclaimed contribution to the world of poetry continues to reflect our changing times, with fresh idiom and delicate turn of phrase.  Anyone who is inclined to his work is bound to be interested in this book.  In this richly entertaining book, Gulzar shares his life and passions with peerless charm and frankness.

In this book of conversations with Nasreen Munni Kabir, Gulzar speaks with insight, truthfulness and gentle humor about his life and work.  His school days in Old Delhi where he wrote his early poems.  His working in a garage in Mumbai before entering films.  His association with legends such as Bimal Roy, Balraj Sahni, Sahir Ludhianvi, Meena Kumari, Shailendra, S. D. Burman, Hemant Kumar, Hrishikesh Mukherjee, Lata Mangeshkar and R. D. Burman among others.  His love of tennis; and his deep connection with his wife, the legendary Raakhee, his daughter Meghna, and his grandson Samay.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:  Born in India, documentary filmmaker and writer Nasreen Munni Kabir lives in London, where she has made several programmes on Hindi cinema for Channel 4 TV, including the forty-six-part series Movie Mahal and The Inner/Outer World of Shah Rukh Khan.  Her several books include Guru Dutt: A Life in Cinema; Talking Films and Talking Songs with Javed Akhtar; The Spirit of Music with A. R. Rahman; Lata Mangeshkar: In Her Own Voice; and five publications featuring the complete dialogue of classic films like Mughal-e-Azam and Awaara.

MY TAKE:  I find the idea of entire book as a conversation really interesting.  It makes reading the book a pleasure.  In a conversation people tend to open up and the thoughts come directly from within giving an insight into the person and his thinking.  The book reveals some interesting aspects of Gulzar's life.  The book has been written in a very lucid manner.  To be honest, if you are a fan of Gulzar it would always seem to be less with what is provided, but would recommend it as a good pick with an assurance that you would like to go through it in one go moving with the conversation.



AUTHOR:  Nasreen Munni Kabir

PUBLISHER:  Rainlight Rupa



PRICE:  Rs. 495

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