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Zee Classic to celebrate Gulzar’s 81st birthday with special line up

MUMBAI: Zee Classic is all set to celebrate veteran poet and writer Gulzar’s 81st birthday on 18 August by airing ‘Gulzar Special’ movies that will highlight his illustrious career.

Adhering to its core proposition ‘Woh Zamaana Kare Deewana’, the channel is all set to take its audience for a trip down the memory lane with ‘Parichay’ on 15 August at 6 pm followed by sensitive yet earthy ‘Khushboo’ on 22 August at 6 pm.

Sampooran Singh Kalra, known popularly by his pen name Gulzar, is one of Hindi cinema’s last surviving links with its golden era.

Gulzar came to Mumbai with thoughts of turning into a writer. He first worked as a mechanic in a garage. A twist of fate brought him to meet the revolutionary director Bimal Roy who went on to be Gulzar’s mentor and closest confidant.

Zee Classic will telecast one of his gems ‘Parichay’ (based on the Bengali novel ‘Rangeen Uttarain’). The film revolves around Ravi (Jeetendra), a young city dweller who is in desperate need of a job. Leaving the city, he heads to the village of his maternal uncle and aunt (played by A.K. Hangal and Leela Mishra). An appointment is set up with the pipe smoking Rai Sahab (Pran), a retired colonel. A stickler for discipline, Rai Sahab is in desperate need to hire a tutor for his uncouth, stubborn grandchildren led by Rama (Jaya Bhaduri).

‘Khushboo’ is based on Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay’s novel. It is an anti-thesis of what cinema stood for in the mid-1970s. An unusual story set in a rustic backdrop, the film is noteworthy for the melee of strong female characters and RD Burman’s music.