Ijaazat, at the time of its release was considered “Art-House”. But I find it extremely mainstream and relevant. In fact, it is so natural and real, that it doesn’t feel like a movie at all. Mahendra is Mahendra not Naseeruddin Shah. Sudha is Sudha - nothing like the Diva she was. And considering the extremely dramatic, over the top and gross movies released in the 1980s, Ijaazat was a breath of fresh air. Gulzar saab has very stringently maintained the somber and sublime mood of the movie throughout. And there is beautiful maturity between his characters that never goes away. The movie is slow, but not boring. There is a “Thehraav” yet it makes you constantly curious. Be it other movies Aandhi or Parichay or Khushboo – this maturity, this “Thehraav” is always there. It lingers and stays. And months after you have watched the movie, you still remember it and feel good.