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Gulzar mentors producer of an anti-war movie


New Delhi, May 10 (Agency)

Veteran lyricist Gulzar is mentoring "Bhindi Baazaar" producer Karan Arora for his new film "Kya Dilli Kya Lahore", which talks about a unique bond between an Indian and a Pakistani soldier stationed at the Indo-Pakistani border.

"I heard the narration before the film went on floors. What I loved about it is the fact that it is an anti-war film and talks about peace but in a very light-hearted manner. It doesn't have bloodshed and is not political in nature at all, yet makes such a beautiful point of peace between two neighbouring countries," Gulzar said in a statement.

"Finally, after the film was shot, producer Karan Arora came to me and showed it to me. The way it has turned out is commendable. I would do everything in my capacity to help it. I am, in fact, going to talk to people associated with 'Aman Ki Asha' (campaign) since this is a film that has to be shown in both countries," he added.

The film features Vijay Raaz, Raj Zutshi and Manu Rishi.

"Since the film's inception, Gulzar saab has been very kind to us. He had really liked the story, saying people have forgotten how to make such films. He suggested that we meet him once the film is shot," Arora said.

"We showed him the rough cut as it is still in post production. He was very happy with the way we have treated it, and ever since, he has been our patron. Be it the background, recording or post-production of the film, we are taking an approval from Gulzar saab on everything. He is our guiding force," he added.

The veteran lyricist also helped the producer finalise the title of film. The working title of the film was "Padosi", then it was changed to "Do Bhootni Ke", but finally they zeroed in on "Kya Dilli Kya Lahore".

"In my opinion, a film's title should be able to tell you all about it. You can't separate the title from the subject of the film, which is why I told them to make sure that the title they decide upon should convey the essence of the film," said Gulzar.

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