The Indian poet, lyricist and the film director Sampooran Singh Kalra’s unreleased film titled “Libaas” is all set to hit the screens this year. He is very well known by his pen name Gulzar. Gulzar started his career with the music director S.D. Burman in the 1963 movie “Bandini” and later on he worked with many music directors like R. D. Burman, Salil Chowdhury, Vishal Bhardwaj and A. R. Rahman. He has even directed films like Aandhi and Mausamduring the 1970s and TV series Mirza Ghalib in the 1980s. He has also directed Kirdaar in 1993. He also wrote poetry, dialogues, and scripts. He even got Padma Bhushan, the third-highest civilian award given in India.
In the treat for Gulzar’s fans on his 83rd birthday, the makers of the film are all set to release the big screen this year. Today, Zee classic with its brand proposition ‘Woh Zamaana Kare Deewana’ announced the theatrical release of the movie. The movie will feature actors such as Naseeruddin Shah, Shabana Azmi, Raj Babbar, Sushma Seth, Utpal Dutt, Annu Kapoor and Savita Bajaj. The story of the film is based on Gulzar’s own short story ‘Seema’ from his ‘Raavi Paar’ collections. The music for the movie has been composed by one of the Gulzar’s frequent collaborators, R D Burman, and the film has been distributed by the Zee Studios in India.
According to the reports, the story will revolve around the theatre director Sudhir Shah and his wife Seema Azmi. However, their life always appears to be picture-perfect but they are often deceptive in the world of showbiz.
The movie which was been produced by the Vikas Mohan and he were having a dream that the movie should be released by his sons Amul Vikas Mohan and Anshul Vikas Mohan. On this Amul said, “I’m lucky to be a part of this project. It couldn’t be released at that time for some reason. This was my father’s life-long dream and I’m happy it’s finally coming true. The film will be in theatres by the end of this year. We will announce the release date in a few weeks, after further discussion.”
After the gap of 22 years, the film ‘Libaas’ was shown in Goa at the International Film Festival of India (IFFI). It was also screened at the International Film Festival at Bangalore in January 1992.
Gulzar is one of the most prominent names in the Hindi cinema and he is celebrating his 83 birthday today. Despite being a successful poet and lyricist he also had an active career as a director that began with the 1971 movie “Mere Apne”.
Later he has stopped directing the film because he just wanted to concentrate on his writing and translating Rabindranath Tagore’s work. Gulzar as a lyricist is still very active he won the Oscar for the song ‘Jai Ho’ from ‘Slumdog Millionaire’.