Veteran lyricist Gulzar, who is written the story of film “Mirzya” apart from penning down its lyrics, says he didn’t write the screenplay for any film for a long time because nobody approached him.

Gulzar has returned to screenplay writing for a film after almost 17 years.

“Nobody gave me employment from anywhere till I met Rakeysh and his team… now I don’t want to leave his team and I have told him to adopt me,” he said at the film’s music launch here.

Joining the conversation, actor Anil Kapoor, whose son Harshvardhan makes his debut in the film, said: “I have been struggling with you (Gulzar) for 35 years. For almost last 34 years I have been asking Gulzar saab, please take me in your film and that never happened. I want an answer for that but thank you, you made a film with my son.”

Gulzar and Shankar Mahadevan at Mirzya Music Launch
Gulzar and Shankar Mahadevan at Mirzya Music Launch

To this, Gulzar retorted: “I was telling Harsh your father is going to bash me and tell me I didn’t work with him and worked with his son. Somehow I kept missing him during casting. I wish you (Anil Kapoor) have employed me once.”

Directed by Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra, “Mirzya” pairs Harshvardhan opposite newcomer Saiyami Kher.

A take on the tragic love story of Mirza-Sahiban, the film is slated to release on October 7.