Zikr (HB)


Author: Muzaffar Ali

9780670096107 | HB | pp. 264 | 2022 | Penguin Random House

Zikr by Muzaffar Ali, his autobiography, gives us a peak into the life of this multi-talented artistic soul and his lifelong journey in the search for the eternal in art.

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Muzaffar Ali has lived a fascinatied and multifaceted life. A descendant of the princely house of Kotwara, Muzaffar, as a child, was shaped by the changing post-Partition India. Having studied science at Aligarh University, he started his career in an advertisement agency in Calcutta, worked with the nascent Air India and then ventured on a journey that produced cinematic masterpieces like Umrao Jaan. Along the way, his path collided with many-from Satyajit Ray to Faiz Ahmad Faiz-and he has cultivated many a passion, whether for cars or couture.

His autobiography, Zikr, is a peek into this wealth of experience-a close look at Ali, prince, poet, philosopher, film-maker, automobile aficionado and artist. It is also a rich interior portrait of an artist.

In his autobiography the internationally renowned film-maker 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 for life.

Whether you’re looking for inspiration, seeking to venture off the beaten track of Bollywood or wishing to bite into a slice of erstwhile Awadhi culture, Zikr has something to offer.

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About the Author

The author is an Indian film-maker, fashion designer, poet, artist, music lover, revivalist and social worker. He belongs to the royal family of Kotwara.

Beginning his career in advertising, he played a role in the incipient days of Air India before moving on to a successful career as a film-maker in Bollywood. His works include movies such as Umrao Jaan and Gaman, and several documentaries and short films. He has launched his own couture line, ‘Kotwara’, and is involved in several initiatives that celebrate art, foster the traditional handicrafts of Awadh and promote Sufism.

He received the Padma Shri in 2005 and the Rajiv Gandhi National Sadbhavana Award in 2014.


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