Gulzar

Gulzar’s 1988 film “Libaas” features veteran actors such Naseeruddin Shah and Shabana Azmi. The film will be released this year. (IANS photo)

MUMBAI—In a treat for Gulzar fans on his 83rd birthday, his unreleased film "Libaas" is all set to hit the big screen this year.

The unreleased title, made in 1988, was languishing in the archives of the Directorate of Film Festivals.

Zee Classic with its brand proposition “Woh Zamaana Kare Deewana” on Aug. 18 announced the theatrical release of the movie.

The plot of the film, which features veteran actors such Naseeruddin Shah and Shabana Azmi, is based on Gulzar's own short story 'Seema' from his 'Raavi Paar' collection.

The story revolves around theatre director Sudhir (Shah) and his actor wife Seema (Azmi). Their life appears picture perfect, but appearances are often deceptive in the world of showbiz.

The movie also features Raj Babbar, Sushma Seth, Utpal Dutt, Annu Kapoor and Savita Bajaj.

The music has been composed by one of Gulzar's frequent collaborators, R D Burman.

"Libaas" was produced by Vikas Mohan, whose dream will realize by his sons Amul Vikas Mohan and Anshul Vikas Mohan.

Amul Vikas Mohan told PTI, "I'm lucky to be a part of this project.

It couldn't be released at that time for some reason. This was my father's life-long dream, and I'm happy it's finally coming true.

"The film will be in theatres by the end of this year. We will announce the release date in a few weeks, after further discussion."

Zee Studios will distribute the film in India.

"Libaas" was shown at the International Film Festival of India (IFFI) in Goa after a gap of 22 years on Nov. 22, 2014. It was also screened at the International Film Festival at Bangalore in January 1992.

Gulzar, who turns 83 on Aug. 18, is one of the most prominent and prolific names in Hindi cinema.

Besides being a successful poet and lyricist, he had an active career as a director that began with "Mere Apne" in 1971.

He later went on to direct classics such as "Parichay," "Aandhi," "Mausam," "Angoor," "Ijaazat," "Lekin...", "Maachis" and "Hu Tu Tu."

He stopped directing films to concentrate on his writing and translating Rabindranath Tagore's work, but he is still very active as a lyricist and won the Oscar for "Jai Ho" from "Slumdog Millionaire."

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