Indian literature is very rich and directors should be careful when they adapt them into a film or a TV series. It should not have unnecessary tinge of entertainment, feels poet-lyricist Gulzar.
The 79-year-old director, who is this year's Dadasaheb Phalke awardee, adapted the works of well-known Indian writers for the big and small screen.
Gulzar said literature cannot be reformer, it can only remind or record the past era.
"There are many mediums today to gain knowledge. Today's youth Google everything and get everything on their finger tip. But literature is very important and my aim is to encourage them towards it in a simple way," said Gulzar.
He also citied Shyam Benegal's films as examples to explain his point. "Shyam Benegal's films are the best examples. His films are engaging and entertaining but without any dose of unnecessary song and dance," said the veteran lyricist.
The movie Kya Dilli Kya Lahore written by Gulzar has released today.