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It's a tribute to her father. And as Salima Hashmi,an artist and Dean of the School of Visual Arts at the Beaconhouse National University...

Written by Jaskiran Kapoor |
March 30, 2009 3:21:13 am

Salima Hashmi talks about her father,the poet Faiz Ahmed Faiz,and lending his mukhda to Bollywood

It’s a tribute to her father. And as Salima Hashmi,an artist and Dean of the School of Visual Arts at the Beaconhouse National University,Pakistan hums her father,the renowned poet,Faiz Ahmed Faiz’s nazm,tears well up in her eyes. “Gulon Mein Rang bhare,it’s a beautiful poem,and even more melodious song,” she refers to the song which is featured in BIG Pictures production,Sikandar. The film is scheduled for an April 2009 release. As nostalgia sweeps across her face,Prof Salima says,“I’m honoured that the lyrics of my father have been included as a beautiful song in Sikandar. The film is very well crafted out and this song further adds to its beauty. I firmly believe that this song is surely going to be a favourite among the people and personally it is also very close to my heart.”

The famous nazm ‘Gulon Mein Rang Bhare’ has been adapted for the film,as visualized by the director Piyush Jha,while writing the script of Sikandar. Lyricist Neelesh Misra was roped in to use the mukhda from Faiz’s ghazal,and he penned two new versions. “What’s interesting is that the song subtly and metaphorically fits perfectly with the film,” reflects Prof Salima. The song has two versions – a slow serene version by music director Justin-Uday and an upbeat version by music director Sandesh Shandilya. The old ghazal is deftly modernized with the use of contemporary singers like Mohit Chauhan and KK and using western orchestration to make the entire experience relevant to these times.

“I’ve known this song for 20 years. When I was writing my script,I kept thinking about the poetic embodiment of my film. This song,‘Gulon Mein’,sprang to my mind and it truly embodied the thought behind the film… ‘Let the spring breeze blow,let it bring colour into the flowers; come back so that the garden might rise to its magnificence once again’. When I and the music director and lyricist started working on the music of the film,we thought of using the mukhda from Faiz Amhed Faiz’s poem and the rest of the song would be a modern interpretation of his lyrics and thought process. The song ‘Gulon Mein’ in the film is a tribute to Faiz and at the same time presents his work in a modern context conveying the essence of Sikandar,” comments Jha.

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No other song could’ve done justice to the film’s theme for it comes from the first Asian poet to be awarded the Lenin Peace Prize,the Soviet Union’s equivalent to the Nobel Prize in 1963. Before his death in 1984,Faiz was also nominated for the Nobel Prize. Gulon Mein is surely a befitting tribute…

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