Celebrated lyricist-writer-film director Gulzar Sahab will recount his encounters with stalwarts of Indian cinema, art, and literature in his new book. From Satyajit Ray to R D Burman, and Kishore Kumar to Pandit Bhimsen Joshi, he will recount his encounters with all these stalwarts in his new book slated to release in 2021, announced publishing house Penguin Random House India on Thursday.
Tentatively titled “Actually… I Met Them: A Memoir”, the book will be published under the ‘Hamish Hamilton imprint’, they said. According to them, the book will give readers a peek into the minds of legends like Bimal Roy, Ritwik Ghatak, Hrishikesh Mukherjee, and Mahasweta Devi, through the trusted lens of Gulzar, who will share memories and experiences of working with them.
Gulzar Sahab said, “Memories don’t dry up really. They keep floating somewhere between the conscious and the subconscious mind. It’s a great feeling to swim there sometime. Pick up a few bubbly moments and cherish them again. I was fortunate to be born in the era of some of the greatest masters and was lucky that I actually met them. I got a chance to work with a few. There were gurus, friends, and colleagues among them.”
The book will feature some rare photographs and also include chapters on contemporary filmmakers, writers, poets, musicians, singers, and actors. “We are confident ‘Actually… I Met Them’ will be a treat to Gulzar Saab’s huge and devoted fan base and a wonderful introduction for new Gulzar readers,” said Meru Gokhale, Publisher of Penguin Press, Penguin Random House India.