September 2003 News

Gulzar To Make 'different' Film On Kashmir

14 September 2003
News Network International

Srinagar: Famous Bollywood Director and eminent lyricist (Urdu poet) Gulzar is plang to make a film on Kashmir which he promises would be 'different' from earlier movies focussed on the issue. 'I assure you that before my death I will try to make a film on Kashmir', Gulzar said during the 'Meet the author' programme organised by the National Council for Promotion of Urdu Language in Srinagar. Asked for his views on recently-made films on Kashmir, the Bollywood filmmaker said 'a number of films have been made on Kashmir. Though I don't agree with their content, at the same time I cannot thrust my opinion on others'. 'Before making a film it is indispensable for a director to put himself in a situation which he is going to portray', the director-cum-poet said. Disassociating himself from films made on Kashmir, he said 'I am not with these films. These have been made keeping political interests in mind. However, everyone has a right to view things according to his perspective'. Gulzar said when he made 'Maachis', it was his desire to show to the world the agony of the youth whom circumstances had forced to take up the gun. 'I have seen the agony and pain of all those who suffered in Punjab and I wanted to show their plight to the world', he added. 'So far many films have been made on Kashmir. Though I don't agree with their content, at the same time I cannot thrust my opinion on others', the director said, when asked to comment on recently made films on Kashmir. 'Before making a film it is indispensable for a director to put himself in a situation which he is going to portray,' he said adding when he made Matchis it was his desire to show the world the agony of youth whom circumstances forced to take to gun. When asked why Bollywood films on Kashmir are biased, he said, for making a film on a historical event it was necessary for you to detach yourself from that event. 'Then and then only you are in a position to comment', he said adding if one wanted to make a film on Kashmir one had to keep these things in mind. Dissociating himself from the films made on Kashmir, he said, 'I am not with these films, they have been made keeping political interest in mind'. However, he added, every one has a right to view things according to his own perspective. In order to make a film on a historical event, it was necessary to detach oneself from that event, he said adding 'only then you are in a position to comment'. 'If one wanted to make a film on Kashmir one had to keep these things in mind', he said. About parallel and popular cinema, Gulzar said there was no 'visible difference' between the two. It is the endeavour of every filmmaker to make a good film but money also matters, he said. However, society should reject films which are against popular values', he said. Terming the ups and downs of life as the biggest inspiration for an artist, Gulzar said 'at every step, life passes through you, hurts you, touches you, embraces you and it depends on you how to seize these moments'. Commenting on parallel and popular cinema, Gulzar said there was no visible difference between the two. 'It is endeavor of every film maker to make a good film but money also matters', he added. However, he said, society should reject such films which were against the popular values. 'You should be cautious while selecting the film', he added. Describing the ups and downs of life as biggest inspiration for a artist, he said at every step life passes through you, hurts you, touches you, embraces you and it depended on you to how to seize these moments. Gulzar, in Srinagar in connection with the 4th All India Urdu Book Exhibition, was felicitated on the occasion by the Jammu and Kashmir government. Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed presented a bouquet to Gulzar and urged him to visit Kashmir again this autumn for an All India Urdu Mushiara planned in Srinagar.-

 

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