Acclaimed director Mahesh Bhatt was shocked when we broke the news of the death of famous poet and lyricist Nida Fazli. Mahesh Bhatt, who had worked with Fazli many times in the past, fondly remembered the legendary lyricist as a realist and one of the greatest poets of all times who was highly concerned about the general public apathy towards Urdu.
Speaking exclusively to IndianExpress.com, Mahesh Bhatt said, “When you told me that he had passed away, the first thing that flashed in my mind was the extraordinary song that he had written for Pooja’s (Bhatt) first film which she had produced called Tamanna Ghar se Masjid hai Bahut Door. That was the first sound that echoed in my consciousness when I heard this tragic news.”
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“I had met him last in a mushaira in Dubai two years ago. Not many people attend mushairas and not many people from our fraternity support the cause of Urdu. So, I had gone there and he was personally very very touched by my effort to come to Dubai. However, I felt I had not done anything significant. I did what my heart told me to do. Fazli saab was very concerned about the general apathy towards the language and how impoverished India was making itself by stigamatising Urdu as the language of a particular faith. Urdu is the language of India. It is not the language of a particular community or society. That was the last exchange I had with him.”
“I worked with him on several occasions. He was a well informed man and was fiercely aware of the contemporary reality that was playing out. He had a political view and he was a bit of a misfit in the so called circle of the worthy super elite where he was a kind of an outsider. He was a realist.”
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“But all said and done, he was a very warm individual but had a shawdow of fierce loneliness that englufed him all the time. He was all the time shawdowed by a strange sorrow that he was grappling with but he smiled and had a sense of humour though he could see that he was grappling with something that was deeply hardwired in his personality. His craft came from that too.”
Nida Fazli died of a heart attack in Mumbai. He was 78.
Mahesh Bhatt also took to his twitter:
Ghar se masjid hai bahut dur chalo yu kar le
Kisee rote huye bachche ko hansaaya jaaye…
Nida Fazli Saab Khuda Hafiz!!!
— Mahesh Bhatt (@MaheshNBhatt) February 8, 2016