Libaas, a movie that was directed by Gulzar nearly 3 decades back, is set to be released this year. Starring Shabana Azmi and Naseeruddin Shah in lead roles and Utpal Dutt, Raj Babbar, Sushma Seth, Savita Bajaj and Annu Kapoor in other prominent roles, Libaas is a marital drama that deals with story of a couple who find themselves in the midst of an extra marital affair.
The film, based on Gulzar’s own short story, ‘Seema’, is about Sudhir (Naseeruddin Shah) and Seema (Shabana Azmi) and how their marriage goes through turmoil when Seema leaves Sudhir for TK (Raj Babbar).According to ‘Scroll.in’, Libaas has acquired a reputation it might not perhaps deserve because of the old saying about absence and fondness. Like other relationship dramas by its director, the movie rows firmly in the midstream. It is by no means shallow, but it doesn’t confront the depths of the passions of the characters.
The music for the film was composed by R.D. Burman. The film has some beautiful songs like “Sili Hava”. The film was made in 1988, but due to differences with the producer, the movie didnt have a theatrical release. The producer had wanted a different ending while Gulzar did not want to change it. The producer finally decided to stop the release of the film. The film has been screened at several national and international film festivals. The producer’s son has decided to go forward with the theatrical release after 29 years.