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Gulzar: Three musketeers Shankar, Ehsaan & Loy are wonderful!

October 30, 2014 5:25:35 PM IST
By Urvi Parikh, Glamsham Editorial
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Veteran lyricist and poet, Gulzar Sahab has been in Bollywood for decades and yet has managed to give a unique freshness to his work. From penning some heavy lyrics in HAIDER to shifting gears with KILL DIL, Gulzar Sahab wins your heart every single time. In an engrossing heart-to heart chat with the poet, filmmaker, script writer and Grammy Awardee, Gulzar Sahab talks about working for fourth time with Shaad Ali, crooning for KILL DIL & much more in our special section Music Mania! Read on...


What made you accept KILL DIL? Is it your previous working history with Shaad Ali?
When Shaad first approached me with the script, there were a few things I did not like. He reworked on the script of the film. That is what is sharing a script and sharing a film. Since I have shared this journey with him, I have a few reservations about the script. He agreed with me and he accepted my opinions and that's why he reworked on the script. When he got back to me with a revised script, I liked it very much. The energy of his characters and the film latched me to it. This is Shaad's specialty that in BUNTY AUR BABLI, his characters sold Taj Mahal. His ability is that with such conviction he sold Taj Mahal to the audiences as well. It's that kind of energy that I like in his films.

'I admire Shaad Ali's work'

How did you decide to sing 'Sweeta'?
In the composition of the song, Shaad Ali wanted to start with an adlib and even the music directors agreed to do the same. They worked out a form by which before the music starts, it was necessary to have a certain adlib narration. Hence I wrote those couplets matching to the song. So that's how I decided to use my voice for the song. It was completely Shaad's decision to use my voice. When it becomes Shaad's discretion and he is keen on it, it is welcome. I admire his work. I have done 3 films with him (SAATHIYA, BUNTY AUR BABLI, JHOOM BARABAR JHOOM) and it is a journey we have shared together. I thought he will use it correctly.

This is the fourth film you are working with Shaad. Does he come and give you a brief on how to go about the songs?
I don't do any film till I have the full script in my hand. I have not done any film like that. Shaad by principle works out his films before he starts. Before he begins filming, his scripts are ready from the first to the last word. And that's what I like and respect about him. Whichever film you are associating yourself with, you must be well versed with the story and genre of the film. It is important to know it. Since, I know a little bit of filmmaking myself which I had done in my times, I understand that medium. I run with the script. It is important to the characters too. Not every character will speak the same way and thus, every character cannot sing the same way. If every character is speaking differently, they are naturally singing distinctly. It is thus important for me to know the script!

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