New Delhi, August 19: Gulzar Sahab, as we all repectfully address him n India is an iconic lyricist and poet. Born in Pakistan, Gulzar Ji is a Padma Bhushan awardee along with Dadasaheb Phalke recognition. In a treat for Gulzar fans on his 83rd birthday, his unreleased film Libaas is all set to hit the big screen this year.
The unreleased title, made in 1988, was languishing in the archives of the Directorate of Film Festivals. The film features veteran actors, Naseeruddin Shah and Shabana Azmi. The story revolves around theatre director Sudhir (Shah) and his actor wife Seema (Azmi). Their life appears picture perfect, but appearances are often deceptive in the world of showbiz. Surprisingly, the music of the film has been decorated by R.D Burman.
The film will release by the end of this year. Libaas was shown at the International Film Festival of India in Goa after a gap of 22 years in 2014. The prolific writer had an active career as a director that began with Mere Apne in 1971. He later went on to direct classics such as Parichay, Aandhi, Mausam, Angoor, Ijaazat, Lekin..., Maachis and Hu Tu Tu. He stopped directing films to concentrate on his writing and translating Rabindranath Tagore’s work but he is still very active as a lyricist and won the Oscar for Jai Ho from Slumdog Millionaire.