Because Gulzar saab’s songs are wonderful – no doubt. But also because, they are not just songs – they are the lyrics, the music, the choreography, the acting woven together to form something which lasts a lifetime. Especially in our country, Hindi songs are not just art – they are emotions. They manifest so differently for different people. For the lover - songs are his expression of love. For a devotee - they are his “Bhakti”. For an artiste – they are his “Riyaaz”. For a truck driver – they are his companion through the journey. For a soldier – they are his inspiration. For a hard working woman – they are the solace in the times of crisis. And Gulzar saab’s songs have tapped almost all of these genres.
It was a movie released in 1982 starring Sanjeev Kumar, Deven Verma in double roles along with Maushami Chatterjee and Deepti Naval. It is based on Shakespeare’s comedy of errors. Its unique in a way because this is the only movie where Gulzar had attempted something in the comedy genre. Where all other movies are serious and explore complex human emotions, Angoor is light, funny and is full of situational humor. While other films are already well known and critically acclaimed, Angoor is not that popular. And in spite of being a brilliant film, I am not sure why it was not a hit. Utpal Dutt and Shammi have two twin sons who are named as Ashok. And they also adopt another set of twin boys and name them Bahadur. In a ship accident, the family gets separated where one Ashok and one Bahadur stay together each. Years later they come together coincidently in a city and from there starts a hilarious tale of confusion, misunderstandings and errors which finally ends in a happy reunion.