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Kajra re not devoid of poetry: Gulzar
Indo-Asian News Service
Mumbai, March 18, 2006
First Published: 17:13 IST(18/3/2006)
Last Updated: 17:19 IST(18/3/2006)

Well-known lyricist Gulzar says his award wining song Kajra re from Bunty  Aur Babli is not devoid of poetry.

"I don't think the words Teri baaton mein kimaam ki khushboo hai, tera aana bhi to garmiyon ki loo hai are frivolous. Poetry with a serious thought doesn't mean it has to be serious in mood," Gulzar said in an interview.

He is now writing songs for editor Shirish Kunder's directorial debut Jaan-E-Man and wants to learn the language of mainstream cinema.

"I don't know how successful I will be, but I want to learn this mainstream language of cinema. I want to walk with Shirish to learn a new way of expressing myself."

Excerpts:

You seem to be on a quest for new peaks to conquer.
Recently I returned from Chennai after a music sitting with Mani Ratnam and AR Rahman. We are working together again after Dil Se for Mani's Guru. Again we'll try to attempt a different sound. Guru has a serious layer below the surface, which I'll tap as a poet. Mani Ratnam is the only director who asks for abstract images. It's lovely to share my poetry with him. His Hindi is getting better. But I'm lagging behind. My Tamil should improve soon.

As a lyricist, I'd say my first turning point as an abstract lyricist was Humne dekhi hai un aankhon ki mehekti khushboo in Khamoshi. Another turning point was Mani Ratnam's Dil Se where with Chaiyyan chaiyyan my sufiyana  phase started. Now let's see...perhaps with Guru there will be another turning point. It's wonderful to work with a director who expresses scenes musically.

Gulzar is pepped up with the idea of working with Mani Ratnam again. Gulzar is penning the lyrics for Guru.
Guru will star a big fan of yours, Vidya Balan?
She is a simple, sweet, innocent girl. She says whatever comes to her heart.

How was it working with Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy in Bunty Aur Babli?
You know I have just written a song for the Commonwealth Games, which they have composed. I feel they have achieved a sensible synthesis of popularity and class in their music. This is the fourth time I have written a sports anthem.

Many years ago I had written a song for a sports event that Anand Shankar had composed. Then for national sports in Pune, I wrote a song that Hridaynath Mangeshkar had composed and Lataji had sung.

Then I had collaborated with L Subramaniam for a song celebrating the Olympian flame.

Now, this fourth one with Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy, which goes Dilli chalen chalna hai chal chal dilli chalen. It could be used by any political party.


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