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News |  14 Sep 2016 16:21 |  By RnMTeam

17-year sabbatical from writing screenplays; Gulzar says nobody employed him

MUMBAI: Filmmaker Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra's' 'Mirzya' is a full-blown musical with composers Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy pulling out all stops to make the legendary love tale of Mirza and Sahibaan as epic in proportion as possible.

Veteran lyricist/screenwriter/director Gulzar makes a screenwriting comeback with the Harshvardhan Kapoor-starrer,and recently shared the reason for his disappearance from the scene for a long time.

Gulzar, who has written the story of 'Mirzya', apart from penning its lyrics, says he didn't write the screenplay for any film for a long time because nobody approached him.

Gulzar has returned to screenplay writing for a film after almost 17 years.

This is an amusing revelation from Gulzar, who won an Oscar and a Grammy for Slumdog Millionaire's 'Jai Ho'. He has also been awarded numerous Filmfare awards and is the recipient of the Dadasaheb Phalke Award, the highest award in Indian cinema.

"Nobody gave me employment from anywhere till I met Rakeysh and his team, now I don't want to leave his team and I have told him to adopt me," said Gulzar, in a lighter vein, at the film's music launch in Mumbai on Tuesday.

Joining the conversation, actor Anil Kapoor, whose son Harshvardhan makes his debut in the film, said, "I have been struggling with you (Gulzar) for 35 years. For almost 34 years, I have been asking Gulzar saab, please take me in your film and that never happened. I want an answer for that but thank you, you made a film with my son."

To this, Gulzar retorted, "I was telling Harsh your father is going to bash me up and tell me I didn't work with him and worked with his son. Somehow I kept missing him during casting. I wish you (Anil Kapoor) had employed me once."