Author- poet-lyricist- filmmaker etc. (to cut a long story short!), living legend Gulzar, needs no introduction, and to interact with him face-to-face, gives a feeling of being blessed. And blessed we were, earlier this week, to hear him speak live about diverse subjects, at a leading university of Punjab.
The icon did not talk much about cinema but he did emphasize on the fact that cinema needs to develop its own literature even further.
Using DEVDAS as an example Gulzar Sahab said, “So many variants of DEVDAS, tragedy of a man and the story of two women, Paro, who turns a woman overnight, marrying a man much older than her, and Chandramukhi, who turns from a woman into a girl in love! Are all these versions of Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay's? Actually, cinema has matured enough to be able to make its own writings, but needs to develop even more depth, to face up to the social media, if it finds it a threat.”
The veteran lyricist placed great hopes on the young generation and despite the fourth estate criticizing the Gen X and youth, he showered his admiration on them saying, “My total hope rests with this generation