• Tuesday, May 24, 2022


Women are walking alongside men today: Gulzar

Indian lyricist, musical director and Oscar winner Gulzar (R) and daughter Meghna. Photo credit should read INDRANIL MUKHERJEE/AFP via Getty Images)

By: Sarwar Alam

Women have come a long way from being in the backdrop in the industry, believes noted lyricist-writer Gulzar, who is full of admiration for daughter Meghna Gulzar for taking on challenging stories through her movies.

Gulzar, who has written the lyrics for the songs in his daughter’s new film Chhapaak, said the three women at the centre—Deepika Padukone, Meghna and Laxmi Agarwal—have something to say to the society through the movie, which deals with the story of an acid attack survivor.

“We should admire these girls. It is a movement in society and it is good that producers are involved in it, that they want to say this thing to society, to people. (It is all) thanks to Laxmi as this has come out from her, it is necessary,” Gulzar told reporters at the song launch of Chhappak. Shankar, Ehsaan and Loy have composed songs for Chhapaak.

“You (Meghna) have never given me easy work and you have also not done any easy work. We had to put our heads together (for music). The way Chhappak has been used is perfect. It has a sound effect,” he added.

Gulzar, who is also credited with directing some of the best middle-of-the-road movies such as IzzajatMausamAandhi and Lekin, said he would hardly see women in technical field earlier, something that has undergone a drastic change over the years.

“We would hardly see women in technical field other than as a hair-dresser but today, we have them as performers, writers, directors. And main characters are being played by women. I think it is a big progress,” he said.

“Earlier heroines were used (just) in songs or as props but today that is not the case. We have come a long way. Today, they are leading and it’s a good thing.” Gulzar said as the father of a daughter he does not agree with the notion that daughters need more taking care of than sons.

“Usually, people are more concerned about a daughter than a son. The way our society functions, it is said that sons are always able to take care of themselves but who will take care of and protect the daughters?

“(But) today, daughters have come forward so much. I am happy that I don’t have to take care of them rather they take care of me. They are walking alongside men in society.”

Chhapaak, also featuring Vikrant Massey, is set to be released on January 10.

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