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100 Lyrics

Gulzar (Author)
Synopsis From 'Mora gora ang lai le', his first film lyric written for Bimal Roy's Bandini in 1963, to the haunting 'Dil dhoondta hai' (Mausam) and 'Naam gum jayega' (Kinara), the unforgettable 'Humne dekhi hai un ankhon ki mehekti khushboo' (Khamoshi) and 'Is mod se jaate hain' (Aandhi), and the extraordinary 'Mera kuchh samaan' (Ijaazat) and 'Chupke se lag ja gale' (Saathiya), Gulzar has brought a rare poetic sensibility to popular Hindi film music over a fivedecade- long career. His sensitive portrayal of the many nuances of human relationships, his sophisticated insights into psychological complexities, his ability to capture the essence of nature's sounds and spoken dialects in written words, and above all his inimitable—and often surprising—imagery have entertained his legions of fans over successive generations.

The 100 lyrics in this volume, published to coincide with Gulzar's seventy-fifth birthday, are handpicked by Gulzar himself, and represent his most memorable compositions of all time. Included here are a selection of lyrics from his non-film albums as well as chartbusters like 'Chhaiyya chhaiyya' (Dil Se), 'Kajra re' (Bunty Aur Babli) and 'Jai ho' (Slumdog Millionaire). A bilingual volume containing the original lyrics in Devnagari script alongside lucid and evocative English translations, and featuring anecdotes about the composition of the lyrics, as well as a wonderful introduction by Gulzar himself, this collection is full of nostalgic charm and poetic finesse, and will delight readers for hours on end.
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About the author


Gulzar is one of Indian cinemaâs most sensitive and creative directors; a lyricist par excellence; one whose work never fails to surprise, bring a tear to the eye or a smile on the lips; a humble man with humble beginnings who is unafraid of experimenting. A career that began more than three decades ago comprises a rich repertoire of not just films, but also authoring several anthologies of short stories, including Raavi Paar and Other Stories. One of the two immensely popular television serials that he has directed has been on the life of Mirza Ghalib, who commands Gulzarâs heartstrings, and the most recent one is based on the works of one of Indian literatureâs greats, Munshi Premchand. Winner of the Sahitya Akademi award, Gulzarâs interest in literature is more than just a passing fancy. He writes poetry, short stories, all his works have been translated into English, and he is the creator of the three-line poem, called Triveni. Writing for Gulzar, is his first love, his passion, his junoon, his life breath!

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Title 100 Lyrics
Author Gulzar
Format Hardcover
Date published: 10.10.2009
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 9780670083374
length 288p.