Interview : I wont fulfil expectations in expected ways [IANS 2006]

Poet-lyricist Gulzar, who returns to scriptwriting after four years with Shoojit Sircar’s new film, refuses to ‘fulfil expectations in expected ways’. ‘I know people expect another ‘Kajrare’ from me. Didn’t people expect ‘Chal chaiyyan chaiyyan’ from me again after ‘Dil Se’ and ‘Chappa chappa’ after ‘Maachis’? Everyone goes through that. ‘After ‘Hum Aapke Hain Kaun’, everyone expected Sooraj Barjatya to keep making that film. There’s no logic behind demands like ‘just give one hit song’. I’ve been hearing it for 60 years,’ he said. ‘Just like all eyes were on Vishal Bharadwaj. They expected ‘Omkara’ to be another ‘Maqbool’. But we won’t fulfil those expectations in expected ways,’ Gulzar told IANS. He attributes the success of ‘Kajrare’ to Aishwarya Rai. ‘A lot of songs become a success, but only a few become a rage. I know so many people who keep going back to ‘Kajrare’ because of Aishwarya’s dance. Objectively speaking, the song was a success more because of Aishwarya’s dance than my words. ‘I’m doing an unusual love story with Shoojit. He makes visually interesting films. It started as help, now I am writing it completely. Let’s see how far Shoojit and I walk together,’ he said. Gulzar, who wrote the dialogues for Shaad Ali’s ‘Saathiya’, returns to screenwriting at a time when another renowned lyricist Javed Akhtar is doing the same. Apart from Sircar’s film, he is...

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