Veteran lyricist Gulzar says cinema has been the mirror of society but it does not teach us to be good human beings. Gulzar interacted with media at the success celebration of Bhavani Iyer’s debut novel ‘Anon’ on Tuesday in Mumbai.
Reacting on #MeToo movement which is gaining momentum in India and its connection to change in cinema, Gulzar said, “Cinema is a reflection of the society. If we ask harassment of a women or a girl is happening only in cinema then I don’t think so. It has spread all over the society. Cinema has yet spared you where sexual harassment cases are still occurring with 4 year old girl and 8 year old girl.”
Thank god cinema hasn’t put that mirror in front of people. But beware because cinema has started reflecting every part of your life. It is no more dependent on old good stories. We say we love children and we respect women but are we doing that in our real life? So Cinema is still sparing you which we have started realizing so, let the cinema come in and tell you this is what you are. It is not that cinema will teach us good values and morals to carry. Cinema is not meant for that. If you are thinking that cinema is like a bible which will teach you to be a good human then you are mistaken.”
Gulzar was asked if we need good writers for good stories to reach the screen he said, “You have to become the author of your work so it is not that there is lack of good writers in the industry. If you want to say something then say it yourself. You can’t ask somebody to give me something which I should express then you are not the author. A director must get the status of an author.”
Anon is a book based in Kolkatta of the sixties and the seventies. It talks about friendship redefined by two people who have only one thing in common: writing. While one is willing to kill to write and the other is willing to die. Anon the title of the film is short for Anonymous.