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The most intimate Gulzar interview yet: By noted Bollywood lyricist Kausar Munir

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Nov 05, 2017 05:15 PM IST

Doyen of Urdu poetry talks about his love for tennis, road trips, and Sting

My appointment is for 3pm, but I arrive at ‘Boskyana’ half an hour early – part nerves, part excitement. I step into the portico of the graceful Pali Hill bungalow and feel as if it knows my name. As if it’s softly calling out to me in a gentle baritone, “Kausar… Kausar…”

The 83-year-old poet strongly believes that it is the job of a poet to give back, to breathe oxygen into the suffocation of society(Prabhat Shetty)
The 83-year-old poet strongly believes that it is the job of a poet to give back, to breathe oxygen into the suffocation of society(Prabhat Shetty)
“My songs are not angry or bitter, because I am not bitter. I’m hopeful, and as an artist I have to be, not just for my future or for the future of my children but for the whole world”
According to Gulzar, his trick to remain relevant over more than five decades is by being able to feel the pulse of the gully-mohalla, the nation, the globe that he lives in (Prabhat Shetty)
According to Gulzar, his trick to remain relevant over more than five decades is by being able to feel the pulse of the gully-mohalla, the nation, the globe that he lives in (Prabhat Shetty)
“Being master of Urdu doesn’t interest me, being part of the global society does, breathing hope into that society matters to me”
“If you notice, many great artists have been inspired by children’s literature. It’s where the world unfolds, else everything will seem like a blind alley”
Even populist songs can be worthwhile, insists the poet (Prabhat Shetty)
Even populist songs can be worthwhile, insists the poet (Prabhat Shetty)
“It’s only because of the unusual script situations and characters that I can come up with new images. If the character is a drunk gangster in Mumbai, I can’t have him be shaayaraana, he will sing ‘Goli maar bheje mein’”
“Even populist songs can be worthwhile...people may see ‘Beedi jalayi le’ as an item song, but it is actually my take on the zamindari system”
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