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Remembering noted film writer Vrajendra Gaur

Friday, August 03, 2018

Despite Vrajendra Gaur passing away at the young age of 55 many years ago, the memories of his calibre are evergreen  thanks to the brilliant milestone retro-films he wrote like 'Kati Patang', 'Sharmilee', 'Saraswatichandra', 'The Great Gambler', 'Anuraag', 'China Town', 'Howrah Bridge' and Bimal Roy’s 'Parineeta'.  Gaur’s death anniversary falls on 7th August.

Veteran star-actor Dharmendra, for whom he wrote a few films, reminisces: “Vrajendra saab was a very jovial, friendly and simple person despite being one of the topmost writers of Hindi films. I had the good fortune of working with him in a few films that he wrote. He was very gifted and a rare talent indeed.”

In a career spanning 30 years the amiable and hard working Gaur wrote around 75 films. Gaur was essentially a literary man with many books to his credit and had won a host of awards for his filmy writing, including two Filmfare awards for the screenplay-dialogue of ‘Dulhan Wohi Jo Piya Man Bhaye’.

A widely travelled man, his achievements merited him a place in Britain’s biography of famous people ‘Who’s Who’. Vrajendra developed close friendship and professional alliance with Dev Anand, whom he met on the stairs of Bombay Talkies studio.

A long conversation about mutual interests, progressed into a professional and personal alliance that saw Gaur work on an enviable part of Dev Anand’s filmy repertoire. He wrote Dev Anand’s ‘Jaali Note’, ‘Manzil’, ‘Baarish’, ‘Teen Deviyaan’,  ‘Mahal’, ‘Duniya’, ‘Pyar Mohabbat’,  and ‘’Warrant’

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