Filmmaker Meghna Gulzar recently left viewers and critics speechless with her spy thriller ‘Raazi’ that starred Alia Bhatt and Vicky Kaushal in lead roles. The film was an adaptation of Harinder Sikka’s novel ‘Calling Sehmat’ which is inspired by real-life events.
In a recent interview with DNA, Meghna was asked if she would ever make a film based on the life of her father. “No! With books, there is no word or page limit. You can do justice to the life he has lived. You cannot do that in a film. That is the case for a lot of people and stalwarts who have lived really full lives. I feel this way about them. By trying to encapsulate their lives in two-and-a-half hours, it feels that you’re trivialising their being and their existence,” she said.
She further added, “Unless, you take a chapter from their life and talk about it. There are so many facets to my father, from moving to India during partition to his entry in films to being an assistant, then a lyricist, dialogue writer, scriptwriter, filmmaker, and all along being an author and a poet. How do you do justice to one chapter and leave everything else out? They are all interrelated to make him the person he is. So no, I would never do it. I won’t let anybody do it either. I don’t think he would like it either. If he does, I’m no one to stop it but I know he wouldn’t.”
We completely agree with Meghna on this, as chronicling the veteran lyricist’s life in a few hours film won’t do justice to the exceptional journey he has been through. However, Meghna has written a book titled ‘Because He Is’ on her father.
So if any of you guys harboured the dream of watching Gulzar’s life translate on the silver screen, then we are sorry to inform you that it is never going to happen. Unless, Meghna decides to change her mind.