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Translator(s)/ Editors(s): Meghna Gulzar
ISBN/UPC (if available): 9788129135179
Heads and Tales: Aandhi and Hu Tu Tu brings together, in an engaging narrative form. Two ?lms which Gulzar made-in the l970s and the 1990s, respectively-on a similar theme: national politics, and how individuals are affected by it.
One of the reasons why these two stories are being published together as a single volume is that Hu Tu Tu is almost an extension of Aandhi. Aandhi chronicles the transformation of the political scenario of the 1970s, where the common man was beginning to be disillusioned but still a vestige of idealism remained in the sphere of politics, to the l990s when this disillusionment turned into outright disgust and hatred.
Brilliantly translated by ?lm-maker Meghna Gulzar, this volume will appeal to fans of these classic movies, as well as to all lovers of strong, well-told stories. ‘Tere bina zindagi se koi, shikwa, to nahin’ This song sums up the essence of the ?lm, Aandhi (1975), a powerful love story of Aarti and JK, two strikingly different personalities who fall in love only to be separated, They meet again after a decade to part ways once more, though this time on a positive note. The backdrop of the ?lm is the election scene in a small town.
‘Gurumantra mera, itihaas mera/Tehzeeb meri, vishwaas mera’
Hu Tu Tu (1999) is yet another tale of love, lost and gained. Panna, the daughter of a corrupt politician, falls in love with Adi, the son of an equally ruthless industrialist. The voice of Bhau, a reformed man, is silenced with utmost cruelty.‘ Unable to come to terms with this situation, Panna and Adi take an extreme step.
'Gulzar is in sparkling form, at consummate ease handling a subject with obvious political overtones. Now a summer breeze, now a gust of wind heralding the monsoon, now fresh and vulnerable like the early morning dew, Aandhi was better than its name.’
== Ziya Us Salam, The Hindu
‘With Hu Tu Tu Gulzar turns ballistic, taking on politics and corruption head—on. The film is scathing and unrelenting in its critique…'
== Namrata Joshi, India Today
About The Translator:
Meghna Gulzar is an acclaimed film-maker and writer. She is the daughter of Gulzar and the legendary actress, Rakhee.
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