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03-02-2009, 05:08 AM #1
Javed Akhtar thinks the Filmfare Awards were the Best Ever
The poet par excellence Javed Akhtar is acutely pleased by the Filmfare awards and not only because he won another of those coveted trophies for his poetic lines Kehne ko jashn-e-bahara hai in Jodhaa-Akbar.
“This is my seventh Filmfare award for lyrics and overall my fifteenth Filmfare awards…Is it a record? I don’t know. A R Rahman has won 24 Filmfare trophies. Gulzar Saab has also got plenty.”
Having said that Javed Saab thinks this was the best Filmfare award ever. “By making it a private rather than a public function, Filmfare awards have become far more organized and pleasurable. The bheed-bhaad is gone. There’s sophistication and peace.”
Javed Saab is all praise for the co-hosts. “Imran Khan and Ranbir Kapoor were simply brilliant. Their bantering was extremely humorous and not offensive at all to anyone.”
Among the award winners’ speeches Javed Saab liked Priyanka Chopra the best. “I told her she should get another award for her speech. She was so gracious to the other nominees. Her best comment was that after Dostana her father won’t mind if she brings a girl home. One feels so proud of the younger generation. I feel happy and embarrassed to be getting awards along with my own children. Lekin dil to abhi bhi chahta hoon.”
What makes this triumph special for Javed Saab who’s known to use simple transparent and accessible words, is the fact that he has used relatively high-flown lyrics this time.
“Yes, that’s true. Janshn-e-bahara is not my regular style. The film required the use of a different kind of words. We can’t use contemporary for a Mughal costume drama. I remember I used to be very close to (the legendary lyricist) Sahir Ludhianvi. At that time I knew nothing about shayari. But in his songs I’d ecounter many unfamiliar words. He explained to me, ‘Look it isn’t necessary for people to follow both lines. If they can understand the first line they can instinctively follow the second. But if listeners can’t follow both lines then the song is in trouble’.
03-02-2009, 12:55 PM #2
03-02-2009, 01:34 PM #3
Really liked the song from jodha akbar. Thanks for sharing
03-02-2009, 02:39 PM #4
03-03-2009, 07:26 PM #5