*The well known film maker Muzaffar Ali and UPMRCs Director Rolling Stock invited as Chief Guest
An interactive session was held with eminent filmmaker Muzaffar Ali on his latest book ‘Zikr’, which is an autobiography written by him. A book session was also held during a metro ride, along with officials at Hazratganj Metro Station. Muzaffar Ali also took a tour of the ongoing book fair at Hazratganj Metro Station, organised by the Quiver Publications.
Muzaffar Ali shared his experiences of old Hazratganj and Jahangirabad palace, part of his new book as well, during the metro ride.
The metro ride was a captivating experience for both travellers and Muzaffar Ali.
“Books play an important role for the upliftment of the society, something which the metro is also doing for the society as it makes life more easy while traveling,” said Ali Hasan, the Organiser.
After the ride a book session was held. Ali Hasan hosted the program which discussed Muzaffar Ali’s life journey, his student life ,and making of Umrao Jaan.
UPMRC director thanked Muzaffar Ali for joining the programme, and had discussion on the metro and its beautification. Hazratganj metro station is adorned with Luckhnawi culture.
Internationally renowned film-maker Muzaffar Ali has donned many hats in his lifetime. As a boy and scion of the princely house of Kotwara, he was shaped by the rapidly changing post-Partition India. Having studied science at Aligarh Muslim University, he started his career in an advertising agency in Calcutta, worked with the nascent Air India and then ventured out on a journey as a film-maker, creating cinematic masterpieces like Umrao Jaan. Along the way, his path crossed with that of many other creative souls-from Satyajit Ray to Faiz Ahmad Faiz-and he has cultivated many passions that range from cars to couture.
His autobiography, Zikr, is a peek into this wealth of experience. It’s a close look at Ali as prince, poet, philosopher, film-maker, automobile aficionado and artist. Zikr is also a rich portrait of Ali’s imagination, as he takes us behind the scenes of films like Anjuman and Gaman, speaking of the sensibilities that shaped them and the influences on his work. Above all, this is a book that resounds with a deep love of life.
Whether you’re looking for creative inspiration, seeking to venture off the beaten track of Bollywood or wishing to bite into a slice of Awadhi culture, Zikr has something to offer to everyone.
The program was conducted in collaboration with Lucknow Metro and Quiver publications.