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Haider bagged five awards at the 62nd National Film Awards on Tuesday—best music direction, best dialogue, best costume design, best male playback (Sukhwinder Singh) and best choreography, the last two for the song Bismil. This is Vishal Bhardwaj’s third National Award for music direction, after the Shabana Azmi-starrer Godmother (1999) and Vidya Balan-starrer Ishqiya (2010).

In the post-Pancham era, if any music director can do justice to Gulzar’s poetry, it is Bhardwaj.

“Don’t ever accept your own mediocrity," Gulzar said on Saturday, the final day of the Penguin Books’ Spring Fever literature festival at New Delhi’s India Habitat Centre. Had it not been for Bhardwaj, he said, he would have been—to borrow a line from his song—Ek akela is shaher mein (lonesome in the city).

Maachis (1996) was the first film they collaborated on.

There is a certain method to their madness. One seems to be an extension of the other. They have said in interviews that theirs is a father-son relationship.

The 2013 Dada Saheb Phalke awardee says he learnt the nuances of the contemporary scene from Bhardwaj.

We revisit five gems created by the duo:

1. ‘Ae hawa kuchh toh bata, jaane waalon ka pata’ (‘Maachis’)

2. ‘Naina thag lenge’ (‘Omkara’)

3. ‘Kaminey’ (‘Kaminey’)

4. ‘Awaara’ (‘7 Khoon Maaf’)

5. ‘Dil toh baccha hai ji’ (‘Ishqiya’)

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