Gulzar on his new Anthology `Mera Kuch Samaan`

Last Updated: Fri, Sep 23, 2005 09:03 hrs

On the Album: "When HMV expressed a desire to do a compilation of my songs for my birthday I was sceptical. 'Not another anthology. Hasn't the public had enough of my compilations already?' But they were adamant. And I'm glad I went along. What I like about `Mera Kuch Samaan` is that it has been very beautifully produced and packaged.

"I had nothing to do with the selections. The compilers have taken whatever they wanted. Of course the selections are familiar. After all listeners do expect to hear certain songs when they pick up an album of my lyrics. You can't get away from `Dil dhoondta hai` or `Chaiyyan chaiyyan`. These are songs that are too closely associated with me to be given the miss. However, they've managed to pack in some surprises, like a very old song of Hemantda (Kumar) `Abhi na parda girao`.

"It's interesting to know how HMV got hold of this rarity… Because neither they nor I had a copy of this song. I suggested they try Pavan Jha, a genteleman who manages a website called gulzaronline.com. This website contains information about my songs and films that even I don't know. I often go there to collect information on myself.

About Hemant Kumar: "Hemantda brings back a flood of memories. He was as tall in physique as he was in temperament. God's chosen one, is how I remember him. What a fabulous humanbeing! When our team–Hrishida (Mukherjee), Salilda (Chowdhary), Asit Sen–broke up after the death of Bimalda (Roy) Hemantda rehabilitated us. He picked up the broken pieces of our camaraderie and gave us the courage to go on.

"From `Ganga aaye kahan se to Tum pukar lo`…. I worked in close collaboration with him throughout his life. In fact HMV is going to bring out an album of Hemantda's songs with me.

About the Mangeshkar sisters: "What can I say about their contribution to my songs? As Pancham would say, they are like the Gary Sobers and Don Bradman of music. Lataji's numbers for me say it all. Pancham (R.D. Burman), Lataji and I shared many golden moments. I remember during the recording of `Aapki aankhon mein kuch mehke huey se raaz hain`… Pancham was petrified to show the word 'badmashiyon' (mischief) to Lataji. 'It's not a proper word for her. You do it,' he said and ran off.

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