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Khuda haafiz cinema

Saeed Akhtar Mirza best remembered for films like Albert Pinto Ko Gussa Kyon Aata Hai is returning after a long hiatus with a film, Saavadhan Meri Jaan.

india Updated: Jan 22, 2008 18:48 IST
Girija Duggal

Saeed Akhtar Mirza best remembered for films like Albert Pinto Ko Gussa Kyon Aata Hai,Salim Langde Pe Mat Ro and Naseem is returning after a long hiatus with a film, Saavadhan Meri Jaan, set in Mumbai.

“There’s a lot of humour and nonsense.. and hopefully a little wisdom too tossed in,” smiles the National Award winning filmmaker.

“I’ll work on it from February 20 to April 10. Uske baad khudaa haafiz cinema.”

Mirza who was very happy in hibernation, was coaxed by his good friend Rajat Kapoor to make this last film.

“I don’t intend to do any more films after this. It’s incredibly satisfying to be out of the process,”he asserts. “I’m happier writing.”

Mum’s the word
The director has turned author with a book intriguingly titled Ammi: Letter to a Democratic Mother. It weaves together his memories of his mother’s humanitarian beliefs and folk tales to comment on the past and present.

“There’s a lot of history, journeys and ideas floating across the pages. I’m voicing my doubts, concerns and anxieties in the book that took me four-and-a-half years to write,” says Mirza.

He’s played around with different forms from a short story and a travelogue to poetry and even a film script towards the end.

He explains, “When you have an idea that cannot be contained in one form you start playing around in the hope that your expression could get more cohesive.”