This entire generation has grown up on his words. Who would not have sung ‘lakdi ki kathi’ while playing antakshari in their childhood? Or, who is the one not to immediately connect with ‘chaddi pehan ke phool khila hai’? Hardly anyone, we are sure.
Yes, we have received this tremendous treasure from legendary poet, lyricist and filmmaker Sampuran Singh Kalra or simply our very own, Gulzar.
He was at Panjab Univesity, Chandigarh for an interactive session with students, faculty and alumni. Thereafter, during a media meet, Gulzar touched upon various topics briefly, including the rise of contemporary languages in India and the maturity of cinema.
The 82-year-old is an upbeat man. If he doesn’t want to talk about something, he won’t. And, if he is keen to answer a particular question, he won’t stop speaking until you understand his point.
So, while at once, the concept of contemporary languages fascinates Gulzar, on the other hand youngsters not taking up to children literature saddens him too.
“Children literature has lesser writers today. I don’t see much young writers who are enthusiastic towards writing stories for kids, the ones which are simple, not so philosophical,” says Gulzar, who has written in 32 different languages, all contemporary.
And when, a question pops up like if Urdu is diminishing in India, he retorts, “Who says so?”
He adds, “A language can never die. Today, every person knows at least three languages and he daily comes across many other languages. How can a language diminish then?
“Urdu was a prominent language and will always be. It is just that today, most of its words are being written in devanagari language, but they are alive,” he smiles.
Talking about cinema, he says that though it is maturing, a lot still needs to be done.
“Let cinema find its own sale, so that it doesn’t depend on a particular things only. Also, I believe if our cinema
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