26 July, 2021

And Those Years Of Verse

Not a single dull moment. Gulzar sparkles, he muses, and he explains and recites.... And at the end of it, the reader has had an insight into his mind.

Tribhuvan Tiwari
And Those Years Of Verse
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A conversation with some other Bollywood personal­ity might have suffered with this format. Nasreen Munni Kabir’s book chooses a straight Q&A format. The interviews have been conducted long distance, through Skype, so there are small indications of mood and reactions, as in when laughter or a smile (or frown) is evoked.

Yet, despite the somewhat disappointing format, the book is a fast, easy read. With Gulzar and his off-beat thought process, there is not a single dull moment. He sparkles, he muses, and he explains and recites.... And at the end of it, the reader has had an insight into his mind.

From questions about his chil­dhood and his father, Kabir leads her subject through his app­roach to poetry, his modus ope­randi as a filmmaker, the reason why he left films to go back to poetry, his relationship with Rakhi and dau­ghter Bosky, and much more. The jou­rney includes tough memories. Firstly, of the Partit­ion, and also of the fact that it took 25 years for Gulzar to stop having nightmares about his experience of those...

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