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29 years on, Gulzar’s ‘Libaas’ to finally hit screens this year

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29 years on, Gulzar's 'Libaas' to finally hit screens this year
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Veteran lyricist, Gulzar’s unreleased film, ‘Libaas’, will hit the screens this year.

Zee Classic with its brand proposition ‘Woh Zamaana Kare Deewana’ announced the theatrical release of the movie on Friday.

The plot of the film is based on Gulzar’s own short story ‘Seema’ from his ‘Raavi Paar’ collection. The film stars Naseeruddin Shah and Shabana Azmi in the lead roles. It also features Raj Babbar, Sushma Seth, Utpal Dutt, Annu Kapoor and Savita Bajaj.

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.

RD Burman has composed the music of the film, who has been one of Gulzar’s frequent collaborators.

“Libaas” was produced by Vikas Mohan, whose dream will realised by his sons Amul Vikas Mohan and Anshul Vikas Mohan.
Amul 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”, he added.

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

Gulzar embarked upon his career as a director with “Mere Apne” in 1971.

He also directed classics like “Parichay”, “Aandhi”, “Mausam”, “Angoor”, “Ijaazat”, “Lekin…”, “Maachis” and “Hu Tu Tu”.