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Revisiting Gulzar’s glorious partnership with R.D. Burman
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Revisiting Gulzar’s glorious partnership with R.D. Burman

R.D. Burman shared a long-lasting fiercely fecund creative partnership with other filmmakers, but none of his collaborations were as rewarding as with Gulzar.

Lyricist Gulzar turns 88: Playlist of his best tracks
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Lyricist Gulzar turns 88: Playlist of his best tracks

Gulzar was born Sampooran Singh Kalra in Deena, in present-day Pakistan's Jhelum District,. Gulzar came to Delhi after the Partition.

Vishal Bhardwaj dedicates the song La Illaaj from Darlings to Tabu, showcases a glimpse of their unbreakable bond
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Vishal Bhardwaj dedicates the song La Illaaj from Darlings to Tabu, showcases a glimpse of their unbreakable bond

The filmmaker in a recent interaction said, "I would like to dedicate this song to Tabu for the reason, you know, she is ‘La Ilaaj’ for me and I like that."

Jasmeet K. Reen on working with Gulzar on Darlings' song Pleaj: ‘Gulzar Saab almost cracked the song instantaneously’
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Jasmeet K. Reen on working with Gulzar on Darlings' song Pleaj: ‘Gulzar Saab almost cracked the song instantaneously’

Talking about the legendary writer, the filmmaker added, "He reads the script, understands the director's vision, narrates the lyrics himself, and is extremely perceptive about whether you like it or not."

16 Years of Omkara: A dark and dazzling take on love, lust, sorrows, and subterfuge
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16 Years of Omkara: A dark and dazzling take on love, lust, sorrows, and subterfuge

Vishal Bhardwaj’s adaptation of Shakespeare’s Othello showcased how Ajay Devgn’s intensity can amalgamate romance and revenge, why Vivek Oberoi is devastatingly underrated, how seamlessly Kareena Kapoor can make naïveté look charming, and how delicious Saif Ali Khan can be.

Bhupinder Singh: The indefinable voice of the wandering minstrel
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Bhupinder Singh: The indefinable voice of the wandering minstrel

In a world filled with self-glorification, Bhupinder Singh liked to just do his work and move on. He never looked back. There was always the next song.

World Music Day Special: Hindi film songs tie humanity across the world
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World Music Day Special: Hindi film songs tie humanity across the world

It is not so much Hindi cinema as the Hindi film song that defines the most melodious legacy of the Great Indian Dream.

Gulzar, theatre veteran Salim Arif on bringing forth children's play Boski Ke Kaptan Chacha
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Gulzar, theatre veteran Salim Arif on bringing forth children's play Boski Ke Kaptan Chacha

Salim Arif shares that the play will sensitise the audience to a few things which "might surprise them also"

World Poetry Day 2022: Tracing the origins and enduring socio-political relevance of Urdu shayari
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World Poetry Day 2022: Tracing the origins and enduring socio-political relevance of Urdu shayari

On World Poetry Day, it is vital to reaffirm that Urdu and Urdu poetry must never go out of currency because of the curse of time, and definitely not because of its politics.

It's a pet's life: The Book of Dog and Cat People are heartening accounts of fur babies and their pet parents
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It's a pet's life: The Book of Dog and Cat People are heartening accounts of fur babies and their pet parents

In the pages of both books, I found people who laughed at their pets’ silly antics, shed tears when they fell sick, indulged in their every whim, wrote them poetry, and treated them better than they did themselves.

Lata Mangeshkar passes away: Veteran singer's most enduring songs, from 1940s to 2000s
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Lata Mangeshkar passes away: Veteran singer's most enduring songs, from 1940s to 2000s

From 'Aaj Phir Jeene Ki Tamanna Hai' to 'Mera Saya Sath Hoga', Lata Mangeshkar has lent a range of moods to a wide variety of timeless melodies.

Flashback |Remembering RD Burman's lesser known prowess as a singer, from meditative solos to chartbusters
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Flashback |Remembering RD Burman's lesser known prowess as a singer, from meditative solos to chartbusters

On his death anniversary, recalling how whenever RD Burman went solo, he made sure it was a song that needed his voice, and no one else's.

Jokes Apart | Who’s really famous when everybody is almost famous?
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Jokes Apart | Who’s really famous when everybody is almost famous?

We live in an age of the almost-famous. A better and more accurate way of putting this is that we live in a time when everybody is famous

Jhoom Barabar Jhoom soundtrack was the chef's Kiss of Love in what was otherwise a recipe for disaster
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Jhoom Barabar Jhoom soundtrack was the chef's Kiss of Love in what was otherwise a recipe for disaster

The music of Shaad Ali's 2007 dud Jhoom Barabar Jhoom — composed by Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy and lyrics supplied by Gulzar — is everything the film isn't. It is irreverent, kooky, and sensational.

Actually... I Met Them book review: In new memoir, Gulzar doesn't hold back his awe and fondness for those who've shaped him
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Actually... I Met Them book review: In new memoir, Gulzar doesn't hold back his awe and fondness for those who've shaped him

Gulzar looks back at his encounters with the likes of Bimal Roy, Sharmila Tagore, Kishore Kumar, Satyajit Ray, Sanjeev Kumar, Hrishikesh Mukherjee, Pandit Ravi Shankar, Basu Bhattacharya, Ritwik Ghatak, and Suchitra Sen with a lack of artifice that feels refreshing at a time when people speak in measured tones, concealing how they truly feel.

Maachis completes 25 years: Gulzar displayed commendable journalistic objectivity in telling a story of Punjab insurgency
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Maachis completes 25 years: Gulzar displayed commendable journalistic objectivity in telling a story of Punjab insurgency

Despite clearly telling the story from the militants’ perspective and being compassionate to their plight, Gulzar never picked any side in his 1996 directorial Maachis. We understand their plight, yet never find ourselves rooting for their actions.

Kishore Kumar, not Rajesh Khanna, was supposed to star in Anand, reveals Gulzar in new memoir
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Kishore Kumar, not Rajesh Khanna, was supposed to star in Anand, reveals Gulzar in new memoir

Gulzar's new book reveals how 'mad genius' Kishore Kumar went 'completely bald' to avoid playing the lead in Anand

Bullets Over Bombay book review: Uday Bhatia's Satya rewind is a capsule of the '90s
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Bullets Over Bombay book review: Uday Bhatia's Satya rewind is a capsule of the '90s

Bullets Over Bombay is quite an immersive treatise on Satya because it does not just detail the making of the movie, but also gives a sense of what the real world was like back then, in the not-so-nice '90s.

1232 kms review: Vinod Kapri's documentary on migrant labourers lays the truth bare
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1232 kms review: Vinod Kapri's documentary on migrant labourers lays the truth bare

In a country, where most news channels with far-reaching impact have let this crisis unfold in the background without any coverage, 1232 Kms lies in an enviable position without a contemporary film tackling a similar theme.

Gulzar on A Poem a Day, his collection of translated poetry chronicling India's history since 1947
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Gulzar on A Poem a Day, his collection of translated poetry chronicling India's history since 1947

The compilation of translated poems by Gulzar has been over eight years in the making, traversing through the length and breadth of the country, with works of 279 poets in 34 languages featured in the book.