In the Company of a Poet: Gulzar in Conversation with Nasreen Munni Kabir

by Nasreen Munni Kabir

  1. ISBN: 978-81-291-2083-0
  2. Pages: 208 pages
  3. Date: December 2012


Poet, storyteller, director, scriptwriter and lyricist, Gulzar is a towering figure of
contemporary Indian literature and cinema. Ever since he wrote his first song—the
unforgettable ‘Mora gora ang lai le’ for Bimal Roy’s Bandini (1963)—he has won
countless admirers with his nuanced, sensitive and quietly innovative work. From the
endearing ‘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.
In this book of conversations with Nasreen Munni Kabir, Gulzar speaks with insight,
candour and gentle humour about his life and work: his school days in Old Delhi,
where he wrote his early poems; 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.


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.

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