This Article is From Jan 23, 2010

Bollywood brigade at Jaipur literature fest

Jaipur: The Bollywood brigade made a beeline at the Jaipur literature festival and they were not mere spectators but active participants. Poets and screenwriters Gulzar and Javed Akhtar, songwriter Prasoon Joshi and actors Shabana Azmi and Rahul Bose were making their presence felt in various ways.
Films need good stories and books provide them but that's not the only reason why the film industry's screenwriters, songwriters and actors were present at the Jaipur literature festival this year. Each made a significant contribution by way of participating in public discussions, moderating panels and reading poetry. Om Puri was promoting his biography and reading Girish Karnad's 'Tughlak' on stage. Shabana Azmi was attending in her role as social activist and took the opportunity to release her mother's memoir of Kaifi Azmi.

Rahul Bose told NDTV, "I love books. Two of my films are based on books and I have just bought the rights to Mohsin Hamid's 'Moth Smoke'. Also the fact is that filmmakers need stories. Where else will they find them except from writers who've already done all the hard work for them."

Actor and social activist, Shabana Azmi, said, "I think Jaipur is the great lit fest of Asia. It has the buzz, the young. It has made the world of books glamorous again."

Poets and songwriters Javed Akhtar and Gulzar are regulars at literary events but now the Jaipur lit fest is firmly added to their annual calendar. Javed Akhtar, said, "It's my first time but I will now come here every year." They were mobbed by fans wherever they went.

"It's a festival that needs to be nurtured.", scriptwriter and poet, Gulzar told NDTV.

The film of the book is both an established phenomenon and also controversy; but in Jaipur, writers and film folk were best friends again.