|with Guru Dutt (L)|
|'Mr and Mrs 55'|
|‘Pyaasa’s ‘Gulaabo’ Waheeda|
|'Pyaasa' : Mehmood & Radhe Shyam|
In such a family it looks odd that only one member speaks in a Bengali accent but unfortunately an ace director like Guru Dutt did not pay attention to this anomaly. My aim of saying all this is to remind people of those contributions of mine to Guru Dutt’s creations which have been ignored by everyone till date.” Abrar Alvi got the credit as a screen play writer along with that of a dialogue writer for the first time for the movie ‘Kaagaz Ke Phool’ but it flopped miserably. After its failure, the next script which Guru Dutt had planned to make a film on was titled ‘Pehli Jhalak’.
|‘Chaudhavin Ka Chaand’|
|‘Sahib Bibi Aur Ghulam’|
However due to personal troubles and heavy mental tension, he decided to not take up direction. He contacted many famous directors like Satyen Bose and Nitin Bose to direct it. When he didn’t get a positive reply from them, He gave me the responsibility of directing the movie.”
Abrar Alvi was reluctant to take up this new assignment. Seeing his reluctance, Guru Dutt instructed him to simply translate on screen what he had done in the recording. Abrar Alvi tried to do that and the movie ‘Sahib Bibi Aur Ghulam’ released in 1962 to wide acclaim. This film not only won the President’s silver medal from Dr Radhakrishnan but also got the Filmfare Award for best film. In addition, Abrar Alvi got the Best Director Filmfare and Meena Kumari, the Best Actress Filmfare for the movie.
|with Lekh Tondon (L)|
During those days, ‘Pyaasa’ was being made and its last song was yet to be written and recorded. Guru Dutt and Abrar Alvi tried to convince Burman da for it. After lot of efforts, Burman da relented to agree to recording the song if they could bring the written song from him. He however refused to participate in any sitting whatsoever with Sahir.
|'Ye Mehlon, Ye Takhton, Ye Taajon Ki Duniya'|
What could he tell me anyway? After three days of scratching my mind, I finally wrote this dialogue for actor Rehman, “Agar Aaj Vijay Zinda Hote To Hum Unhen Apne Dilon Ke Takht Par Bithaate, Shohrat Ke Taaj Pehnaate aur Gareebi Ki Galiyon Se Utha Kar Mehlon Mein Raaj Karaate!”
...................शिशिर कृष्ण शर्मा
आभार : बहुमूल्य मार्गदर्शन और सहायता के लिए हम श्री हरमंदिर सिंह ‘हमराज़, श्री हरीश रघुवंशी और श्री एस.एम.एम.औसजा के आभारी हैं।