Gulzar's Libaas to be released 29 years after it was made

Gulzar has made a film in 1988 by the name of Libaas, due to some reasons Libaas remains unreleased. For 29 years film has been in the archives of the Directorate of Film Festivals and this year it will see the light of release. Libaas stars Naseeruddin Shah and Shabana Azmi in the lead roles. Sudhir (Shah) and Seema (Azmi) are a couple who live on the periphery of showbiz as Sudhir is a theater director. Story revolves largely around the relationship of this couple and Sudhir’s involvement in cultural activities of showbiz becomes a reason for dispute between the two. Gulzar has borrowed the plot of Libaas from his own short story Seema in Raavi Paar collection.

Apart from the stellar star-cast music of the film is given by late R.D. Burma, who was a frequent collaborator of Gulzar. In 1988 the film was produced by Vikas Mohan who could not release it hence Anshul and Amul Vikas Mohan took the task of releasing. Film will be distributed by Zee Classic and the announcement was made on Friday which also marks Gulzar’s 83rd birthday. Libaas was screened on November 22, 2014 in International Film Festival of India (IFFI) in Goa.

Gulzar’s directing career began in 1971 with a classic called Mere Apne and last film he directed was Hu Tu Tu in 1999. Since then he has only focused on lyrics writing and he also wrote the script of 2016 release Mirzya, which was directed by Rakesh Omprakash Mehra.