Poet, lyricist and director Gular is in the process of writing a new book detailing his encounters with the great names in Indian cinema, literature and music. With the working title of Actually... I Met Them: A Memoir, the memoir will be published by Penguin Random House next year. The author will talk about some famous people that he spent time with, like Satyajit Ray, RD Burman, Kishore Kumar, Bimal Roy, Ritwik Ghatak, Hrishikesh Mukherjee, Pandit Ravi Shankar and others. He will also include writings on contemporary filmmakers, writers, poets, musicians, singers and actors as well as some rare photographs.
Gulzar said, ‘Memories don’t dry up really. They keep floating somewhere between the conscious and the subconscious mind. It’s a great feeling to swim there sometime. Pick up a few bubbly moments and cherish them again. I was fortunate to be born in the era of some of the greatest masters, and was lucky that I actually met them. I got a chance to work with a few. There were Gurus, friends and colleagues among them.’