Mumbai (PTI) Veteran lyricist-writer Javed Akhtar has said only he can translate the life and journey of the late iconic poet Sahir Ludhianvi on the big screen.
The screenwriter opened up about sharing a close bond with Ludhianvi, who was his family friend.
“He was a friend of my father and my mamu’s (maternal uncle) friend. He used to meet with a lot of love and affection. I shared a great bond with him.
“If anyone can make a film on him or his life, it is only me because no one knew him that well as I know him. Those who did know him are not alive,” Akhtar told reporters when the subject of the biopic was raised on Tuesday.
Asked who would be apt to play him on screen, he said any good actor would be the right fit.
Filmmaker Sanjay Leela Bhansali has been planning to make a film on the life of Ludhianvi for some time. Names of several actors like Shah Rukh Khan, Irrfan Khan, Priyanka Chopra had cropped up for the project but nothing is finalised.
Recently, there were reports about Abhishek Bachchan and Taapsee Pannu starring in the project.
Akhtar was speaking on the sidelines of the launch of a chat show “Shemaroo Me Living Legends” with Komal Nahta.
He believes people always yearn for older days to come back but do not take any lessons from those times.