"It's like a potter, who
can make a pot and can also make a cup, a plate and a bowl. Similarly
if you know your job, you can write anything. The question of
genre doesn't arise. If you are a poet, you should be able to
write on anything, whether it's a thriller or a love story."
"I've been writing for over 50 years now. So I think I
should have learnt in all these years to change with time and
situation. That was important," he added.
He started his career as a songwriter with the legendary Sachin
Deb Burman for "Bandini" (1963) and he wrote the melodious
romantic number "Mora gora ang layle". During his
long journey he worked with the other leading composers of their
times, including Salil Chowdhury, Hemant Kumar and Madan Mohan.
He jammed with Anu Malik, Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy, but Gulzar's
best work has been with Rahul Dev Burman and in recent times
with A.R. Rahman and Vishal Bharadwaj.
His association with Bharadwaj is almost 20 years old now and
he cherishes this relationship to the hilt.
"We have just stuck together. Neither he can leave me
nor am I going to leave him. We started collaborating from 'Maachis'.
Then many others followed like 'Maqbool' and 'Omkara'. All films
were different from one another. A man who can make films on
so many different genres with passion and quality ... it's great
to work with him. If he changes his genre, I also change my
poetry and my lyrics according to his films," he said.
In "7 Khoon Maaf", Gulzar has written lyrics for
rock tracks based on Urdu nazms. But the one that is grabbing
the maximum attention is "Darling".
"There is a Russian husband in the film and the song is
picturised on him; so Vishal used a Russian folk tune for that
song. Russians put a lot of stress on the letter R while talking.
So I tried to use more of the letter R in the words used in
the song, so that that aspect comes out in entirety.
"Apart from that, we have used names like Pushkin - Russia's
well-known poet, Moscow, Khyber...all this revolves around the
area of Russia. That's why this song stands out," he added.