Talking Films and Songs
One of the great thinkers of Indian cinema, Javed Akhtar needs no introduction. As a screenplay writer, he and Salim Khan wrote the dialogue for blockbusters like Zanjeer, Deewar, and Sholay; as a songwriter, he has composed a huge variety of songs including, ‘Yeh kahaan aa gaye hum’, ‘Kuchh na kaho’, and ‘Kal ha na ho’.
Talking Films and Songs showcases both these aspects of Javed Akhtar’s versatile genius, through freewheeling conversations with Nasreen Munni Kabir. Originally published in 1999 (Talking Films) and 2005 (Talking Songs), these extremely popular books have delighted readers, researchers, and scholars of Indian film. Full of wit and wisdom, this edition is a must-read for Hindi cinema enthusiasts.
Since the late 1980s, Nasreen Munni Kabir has made over 80 documentaries for Channel 4 TV in the UK, including the series Movie Mahal, In Search of Guru Dutt, Lata in Her Own Voice, Follow that Star (a profile of Amitabh Bachchan), Bismillah of Banaras, and the two-part documentary The Inner & Outer World of Shah Rukh Khan. Her last book was Conversations with Waheeda Rehman. Though she has authored 16 books on Hindi cinema, she is most remembered for her biography, Guru Dutt: A Life in Cinema (OUP, 1996). Kabir continues to live in London.