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A MULTIDIMENSIONAL  CHARACTER

A renowned literary writer.

A legendary script & dialogue writer.

A passionate director (Films).

A courageous producer.

An intense actor.

A great novelist.

A poet & philosopher.

An erudite scholar of various religions.

A committed social worker.

And many more interesting facets to his personality can be discovered on interacting with him.

 

Iqbal Durrani’s artistic output has fetched him a wide acclaim and recognition. The evolution which moved him, destined him, righted him & influenced him through the journey of life from early childhood through adolescence, youth, middle age, and maturity to take up to writing exclusively as a profession and eventually as a mission.

CHILDHOOD

“The childhood shows the man, as morning shows the day.” 

 Iqbal Durrani born in a typical Hindustani village of “Balwatari”, (Dist. – Banka, Bihar), being multi – religious, multi – caste but poverty and illiteracy are common factor for all. This village is still blind with no electricity, no roads. The wrenching poverty, unending series of sufferings and helplessness again and again sliced him. Maybe this has made him more sensitive towards the downtrodden – more aware of the social injustice and the tragic gap between the haves and the have-nots.  

In front of his village, is the very famous historical hill “Mandaar”. According to the Hindu mythology the hill was used as a pestle to churn the ocean to obtain nectar. In comparison to the ocean, “Mandaar” is just a speck but it churned the ocean! This imagery thrilled, fascinated and excited little Iqbal and fuelled his imagination and creative faculty. This symbolism had an overwhelming impact on Iqbal through out in his formative years and imparted a rare strength, determination, direction, resoluteness of purpose to his pen. Which he was to use, to lambast and lash out at anything and everything in the society around him that was repulsive and merited vehement censure.

        Talent alone cannot make a writer there must be a man behind the book; but in

Iqbal Durrani’s case it can be said that there is “Mandaar” behind his writing. 

He is the son of a teacher (Shikshak Putra), a government employee transferred from time to time and along with him Iqbal Durrani was also compulsorily transferred. Providence never left him in a static state perhaps, to teach him that life is a voyage for him; not a harbour! 

It might sound strange if I inform you that Iqbal Durrani is the grandson of a “Panditji”. His grandfather was a teacher, a devout Muslim but he taught Sanskrit, (CCME Middle School Mokama), that is why he was called “Panditji”. The entire family felt happy and honored about it. This heritage and legacy made Iqbal Durrani truly non – sectarian and secular in character. 

At the age of ten he plagiarized a short story and putting a tag of his name on it he submitted it for the school magazine. Everyone liked it and praised him, but not all the stolen sweets are sweet! He couldn’t laugh that night not even a false one. His conscience constantly berated him – that he did not deserve the praise heaped upon him, he cried out bitterly in pain and sorrow. As the Bible consoles, “Sorrow is better than laughter, it may sadden your face but it sharpens your understanding”, and it exactly happened so! He firmly made a vow to himself, that one day he shall write on his own. That day was a turning point in his life. 

Being like “Mandaar” he has chosen his ocean now and started writing on his own without taking anybody’s help. He continued writing on a trial and error basis. He made himself creative and his own critic also, working out his own methodology of writing till he honed it to perfection.

The two most engaging powers of Iqbal Durrani’s writing are to make new things familiar and  familiar things new!

The vow kept on echoing in his heart and mind. At the age of twelve when his father was given the additional charge of being the librarian of the school, he suddenly found himself among thousands of books. Maybe he recalled the allegory of “Mandaar”… the ocean…the churning and maybe it triggered his innate potential and talent and he voraciously read all the books, he, not bothering at all whether he could understand them or not.

 It was his passion and where passion rules, how weak does reason prove!  

In those it was the dream of parents to make their son a doctor or an engineer. Taking the voice of parents to be the voice of God, he took up science in college. Due to his never say die attitude he turned this adverse situation to his advantage and by studying science his free soaring creativity was given firm logical feet to stand on. This provided a new sky and dimension to his creativity and more depth and strength to the critic within himself

During graduation his articles and stories were a rage among his fellow students. His father always used to quote from Hazrat Ali’s writings, “The ink of scholar is more sacred than the blood of martyr!”

That is why he always took his writing as a responsibility; as for him responsibility walks hand in hand

with capacity and power. Though being young he never wrote mushy romantic tales neither did he blow his own trumpet in his writing. His writing had a social moulding and he therefore chose to champion

issues of inequality, injustice, nepotism, injustice, pervasive corruption that have steadily

eroded the very foundation of a healthy society and a healthy nation. Instead he dipped his pen in acidic ink and wrote about inequalities and just moral causes which seared the conscience of the reader. 

COLLEGE DAYS 

During his college days his exceptional talents started stamping his authority. As an example…

He became the first Muslim candidate to win as the Secretary in the college elections (Tata College, Chaibasa). Only forty to fifty Muslim studying there thought that he will surely lose and they did not turn up for the voting. But ironically he won with a record margin creating history as the first and last  Muslim till date to win the elections.

That day he realized that adversities do not make the man strong or weak, but they reveal what he is. This strengthened his belief that truth, wisdom, ethics and moral values are above money, caste, creed and narrow-minded orthodoxy. This firmly established his leadership qualities and the next year he won unopposed! Successively for two years he won the best actor’s award also.

He completed his graduation in due coarse of time. Yet he knew that he was cut out for a career in writing and hence wanted to focus on his creative faculties totally on writing.

 Embarking on a fresh journey with greater responsibility, a spirit of abundant enthusiasm, zeal, confidence and a glowing ambition in the heart. Young Iqbal grabbed the first opportunity that came his way and donned mantle of the editor of the political Hindi weekly published from Chaibasa, named “Singhbhum Ekta”.

Every writer has a particular genius of his own and therefore a particular way of self – expression. In Iqbal Durrani’s case, he always wrote from the heart as he believes in the dictum, “What comes from the heart goes to the heart”. Day by day his popularity grew among the masses. 

The weekly being political he strongly felt that his literary talents being stifled. To quench his literary thirst and to give himself the sky to let his writing ability to soar freely in the firmament he started a bi – monthly Urdu magazine “Ehsaas” from Jagannathpur.  

It is very rare and amazing indeed to find such a talent who just after graduation takes up editing two magazines in two different languages with equal ease and command over both of them.  

During his stay in Delhi for his Computer Software programming course he had the opportunity to interact with the eminent Hindi poet Dushyant Kumar.

The period of interaction with Dushyant Kumar though being small, opened up new horizons and he absorbed, learned and gained immense understanding from it. Still he could not write poetry but poetic fragrance makes its presence felt in his prose. 

Iqbal Durrani was determined to make writing his life and could not think of any other profession for he possessed a fierce ambition to carve for himself a niche as a writer. However by now his father had reached retirement and the onus of feeding the entire family was now on his shoulders. Unfortunately or may it be called fortunately the meager income from writing was far from sufficient to meet the families expenditure which left no choice before him but to go to Mumbai for exploring opportunities in the film industry. Little did he know then, that it was here, that he was to earn his fame, glory, respect and riches in a manner of just few years on the standing of his performing pen.

 

IN BOMBAY 

 

 In the 1980’s the T.V. Channels were not all pervading and there was tough competition even to enter the film industry.

The writing scenario during those times was such that the duo of Salim – Javed was on the verge of a split. Rahi Masoom Raza was venturing towards television and Kader Khan who called the shots with his pedestrian and titillating dialogues which had become the order of the day. Yet he took this opportunity as a challenge to set a fresh trend and infer a new life into cinema which badly needed a facelift.

     After a hard struggle finally he grabbed the first opportunity that came his way this was “Kaalchakra” a small budget film.

On 5th Feb 1987 – A red letter day in Iqbal Durrani’s life which saw the release of his first film

“Kaalchakra” with astounding success which was credited to the hard hitting and realistic dialogues. This started a new trend in the field of writing and overnight Iqbal Durrani became a star writer, the cynosure of the film industry.

HIS JOURNEY…..FROM FILM TO FILM

 

Kaalchakra

Madan Jain, Suresh Oberoi, Soni Razdan, Priya Tendulkar, Isharat Ali.

Silver Jubile

     Highlights of Kaalchakra:

·        Though being a small budgeted film and released against the big budgeted Amitabh Bachchan starring “Shahenshah” it held its ground and became a super hit.

·        The work of the writer was highly appreciated.

·        The audio cassette of the film’s hard-hitting dialogues was released.

·        It was re – made in Telugu. Till now it was the trend to remake south Indian films into Hindi but this film broke that trend.

·        Introduction of Ishrat Ali.

 

Qatil

      Aditya Pancholi,

Sangita Bijlani & Shakti Kapoor.

100 Days

    Highlights of Qatil

  • Coincidently this small star cast film was released against Amitabh Bachchan starring big budgeted film “Ganga Jamuna Saraswati”.
  • This film also held on it’s own at the turnstiles and completed 100 days at the box office.
  • As a result of hearing this the S. Ramanathan the producer of “Ganga Jamuna Saraswati” signed him for his next project RUDRA starring Amitabh Bachchan on 14th Nov. 1988.
  • From being at the bottom on 5th Feb he rose to the dizzying height by 14th Nov 1988 i.e., within a span of 10 months he became the most sought after writer of the industry.

 

Rudra

Amitabh Bachchan & Jayaprada.

Incomplete

Directed by: S. Ramanathan

 Following this first time he signed to write a women oriented film titled "Mera Shikaar"

Mera Shikaar

Dimple Kapadia, Kabir Bedi & Danny Denzongpa.

100 Days

    Highlights of Mera Shikaar

  • Again the work of the writer was highly appreciated.
  • After Kaalchankra it was second time that the audio cassette of dialogues is released in the same year. Whish in itself is a record

 

Khoj 

Rishi Kapoor, Kimi Katkar & Naseerudin Shah.

100 Days.

    Highlights of Khoj

·         Iqbal Durrani for the first time wrote a suspense thriller and it was again a Hit.

·         He had signed this film before “Kaalchakra” and he was not even sure that his name would come or not but as soon as “Kaalchakra” was released he was suddenly elevated to the top. With this he got name, publicity, money and everything. Everyone bows down to the rising sun – this is the film industry.

·         During the making of this film Mithun Chakravarty appreciated his work and fuelled his already prodigious talent and introduced him to many big bosses of the industry. This angelic gesture touched Iqbal Durrani which he could never forget. He addresses him as “Bhaijaan” with regard and their relationship continues till today.

 

Shandaar

 Mithun Chakravarty,  Juhi

Chawla,Meenakshi, Mandakni

Semi Hit

Aazma Kar Dekho

Hema Malini, Govinda & Anita Raj.

 

Saugandh

Akshay Kumar, Rakhi & Mukesh Khanna.

Silver Jubilee

    Highlights of Saugandh

    • This the first film of today’s superstar Akshay Kumar and Shantipriya.   
    • This time his dialogues became a craze and created havoc and now it was acknowledged that he could make a film successful on the basis of writing alone, irrespective of the starcast.
    • Especially the dialogues between Rakhi & Mukesh Khanna in their confrontation scenes were so dramatic that the audience start clapping as the scene starts.
    • The dialogues are so popular that even today on public demand Mukesh Khanna renders the dialogues of this film along with Mahabharat’s dialogue on the stage.
    • This is the third film whose Audio cassettes of the dialogues were released.
    • In today’s trend of remakes Iqbal Durrani has been approached by many film makers to remake the film but it is still undecided.

        

Mr. Bond

 Akshay Kumar& seven new heroins

Average

Naseebwala

Chunky Pandey & Farha.

Average

Majboor

 Jitendra, Jayaprada &  Sunny Deol.

Hit

    Highlights of Majboor

  • This was his first film for a producer from the south and it went on to become a success.
  • This opened up the door for him to write for producers from the south and breached the fortress of Kader Khan who till now was their favorite.
  • With the success of this film he cornered the majority of the film assignments from the southern producers.
  • He had signed this film before the release of “Kaalchakra”, the producers sent him to Hyderabad by bus to write the script of “Sheshnaag”. In the meantime “Kaalchakra” was released and became superhit everywhere. The same producers did not dare to send him back by bus; they provided him an air ticket for the return journey which was not at all demanded by Iqbal Durrani, this was the first air flight of his life from Hyderabad to Bombay.
  • In the film industry don’t demand just prove yourself and you will get much more that what you could demand. This thought kept on reverberating in his mind during the flight.  

Nach Govinda Nach

Govinda

&

 others.

Average

Sheshnaag

Rekha, Jitendra & Rishi Kapoor, Mandakini

100 Days.

Muqadar Ka Badshah

Vinod Khanna & Shabana Azmi.

100 Days.

Insaniyat Ke Devta

Rajkumar, Vinod  Khanna,  Rajnikant, Jayaprada, Manisha Koirala & Raj  Babbar.

100 Days.

    Highlights of Insaniyat Ke Devta

  • It was the biggest multi star film of that year though delayed it still completed 100 days.
  • The legendary actor Rajkumar recommended his name to the producer; it was a big honor for Iqbal Durrani to pen clap worthy dialogues for Rajkumar, for whom he used to madly clap as an audience

Zakhmi Aurat

 Dimple Kapadia & Jitendra

Average

Aakhri Baazi

 Shatrughan Sinha, Govinda  & Mandakini.

Average

Shanti Kranti

 Rajnikant, Nagarjun, Juhi Chawla & Khusboo.

Super Hit.

    Highlights of Shanti Ktanti

·        First time in India a film was made in four languages simultaneousl in Tamil, Telegu, Kannada and Hindi.

·        Iqbal Durrani was the head of the team which wrote all the versions.

  • First ever super hit in three languages.
  • This was the Indian version of the film “Godfather”.
  • This film had the rare combination of Rajnikant and Aamir Khan for the first and the last time. Aamir Khan’s performance was power packed and superb but due to delay in making the film did average business though it was very well made.

Zeherilay

  Mithun Chakravarty & Om Puri.

Average

Captain

 Amitabh Bachchan, Aamir 

Khan & Jackie Shroff.

Incomplete.

Yamraaj

 Jackie Shroff & Mithun Chakravarty.

Average

Chattan

 Dharmendra, Mukesh

Khanna & Atul Agnihotri.

Shelved due to death of producer.

Maa Kasam

Mithun Chakravarty, Gulshan Grover

Average

Atank Hi Atank

 Aamir Khan, Rajnikant & Juhi Chawla.

Semi Hit

Pardesi

 Mithun Chakravarty.

Average

Dil Aashna Hai

 Shahrukh Khan, Dimple Kapadia, Jitendra & Divya Bharti.

100 Days.

(Directed by Hema Malini)

     This was the debut film of superstar Shah Rukh Khan. He was flamboyant and enthusiastic in the film. It was during this film that he got married.

·        Iqbal Durrani has fond memories of the film and its making.

  • This was the first film to be directed by Hema Malini

Benaam

Badshah

 Anil Kapoor & Juhi Chawla

Hit All Over.

    Highlights of Benam Badshah

  • For this film he used village level similes and flavoured the language with colloquial phrases idioms.
  •  Audio cassettes of the dialogues released.

Izzat

Jackie Shroff & Sangeeta Bijlani.

Silver Jubilee.

    Highlights of Izzat

  • Sold the complete script for the first time.
  • It was re – made in Telegu and Tamil.

Shiva

Nagarjun & Amla.

Silver Jubilee.

    Highlights of Shiva

·     Introduction of Nagarjun and Amla.

  • It was the first film of genius Ramgopal Verma and with this film he established himself as a director of repute in the industry

Phool Aur Kaante

Ajay Devghan, Madhu & Amrish Puri.

Golden Jubilee

  • The producer involved him in the complete casting as the director was new and his previous film was a flop.
  • Introduction of Ajay Devghan And Madhu.
  • The film was a stupendous success all over India celebrating Golden Jubilee all over.
  • Audio cassettes of the dialogues released.
  • Re – made in Tamil and Telegu.
  • After this success the producer signed him for writing and directing his next film “Dhartiputra”.
  • He was now the numero - uno writer of the industry.
  • After this he stopped writing for the market taking up only the projects, which interested him, or for friends only.

Dhartiputra

Mamooty, Rishi Kapoor  Jayaprada. Farha, Sujata Mehta &Danny

100 Days.

·        Introduction of Mamooty for the first time Hindi films.

·        Audio cassettes of dialogues released.

Betaaj Badshah

Rajkumar, Shatrughan

Sinha,Mukesh Khanna &

Mamta Kulkarni.

 

100 Days.

Highlights of Betaj Badshah

·        When Iqbal Durrani approached Rajkumar to cast him in the film at that time no film of his had been released as a director.

·        It was a record that Rajkumar agreed to work with a director who had no releases to his credit.

·        On the set Rajkumar and Shatrughan Sinha were not on talking terms with each other, which made working with them very difficult but Iqbal Durrani handled both of them with ease and aplomb to complete the film.

  • This was the seventh film whose Audio cassettes of the dialogues were released

 

Khuddar

Govinda & Karishma Kapoor.

Silver Jubilee.

    Highlights of Khuddar

  • Iqbal Durrani changed the entire profile of Govinda from being a comical character to a seriously authoritative persona throughout the film. He also deglamourized Karishma Kapoor and moulded her into a blind mother’s character. This metaphorsis of the star couple worked wonders on the box office and went on to become a stupendous success of that year. 
  • The song “Sexy - Sexy” became the most popular song of year.
  • This was the eighth film whose Audio cassettes of the dialogue were released.

 

Kohram

Amitabh Bachchan, Nana

Patekar, Jayaprada, Tabbu

Hit.

    Highlights of Khuddar

  • Director Mehul Kumar when he signed two titans Amitabh Bachchan and Nana Patekar for the first time together in a film, he was in a search for an equally strong dialogue writer to balance the project. Being a friend of Iqbal Durrani he insisted him to write and he had to agree.
  •  Being a dialogue writer Iqbal Durrani is fascinated by the deep baritone voice of Amitabh Bachchan. He wanted to write the best dialogues for the best voice and he did.

 

Mehendi

Rani Mukherjee.

Hit.

    Highlights of Mehendi

  • Mehendi was the second film of Rani Mukherjee.
  • Salim Akhtar was the producer of the film who had also worked with Iqbal Durrani in Izzat and Qatil previously. So he approached him to write this woman oriented script and Iqbal Durrani could not say no.

 

Mitti (Hindi) &

    Oh!Calcutta   

      (English)

Firdouse, Shravani Mukherji.

Hit  in Bangldesh.

 

    Highlights of Mitti/ Oh! Calcutta

  • Introduction of Firdouse the Bangladesh superstar in Hindi films.
  • Being the director Iqbal Durrani also wrote the script. This film was also made in English language simultaneously.

 

Dukaan

Rambha & Vikas Kalantari.

Critically Acclaimed.

Hindustan

To be released on 26th January.

Lajawab

Mukesh Khanna & Amit Kumar.

To be released soon.

Gandhi Se Pehle Gandhi.

(In Hindi & English)

 

On Floor.

At this juncture Iqbal Durrani had closed his production house and had decided to write again for the market. As soon as this news spread he was flooded with offers like…..

Teri Yaad

Ved Khanna’s dream proposal in casting stage. To be extensively shot in Pakistan.

Nahin…Nahin

An international project with Indian, Pakistani & British actors. With Pakistani cricketer Imran Khan as project advisor. Very soon it will be on floor.

Mom I Love You

Mithun Chakravarty for the first time will direct the film. The script is completed.

Big starcast is planned.

Hey Bhagvan

Mukesh Khanna for the first time will produce a film. The script is completed.

Casting is going on.

Pratigya

Script is completed.

To be announced soon.

Bhagvan Mahavir

At present he is working on this challenging subject. This film will be the costliest Hindi film ever made in Bollywood.

 

 

As a writer his journey still continues …

·        Many people can express their ideas beautifully but very few people can make their own style. He created a unique style and pattern of his own with his hard hitting relevant dialogues known as “Iqbal Durrani” style, which is followed by new writers.

·        He proved time and again that good writing is capable of carrying the whole film on its own irrespective of the star cast.

  • Amazingly he has not done any film with a romantic or comedy flavor. He always did films which were socially relevant and which delineated a moral message not by hammering it over the head of the audience but by subtly incorporating it in the narration.
  • Record number of Audio Cassettes of dialogues released. It is a record for any writer in Hindi film Industry.
  • He also has the credit of introducing a large number of new faces. To name a few of them:

Ajay Devgan (Phool Aur Kaante).

Madhu (Phool Aur Kante).

Akshay Kumar (Saugandh).

Shantipriya (Saugandh).

Nagarjun (Introduced Telugu superstar in Hindi cinema in Shiva).

Aamla (Shiva).

Mamooty (Introduced Malyalam superstar in Hindi cinema for the first time in “Dhartiputra”.

Firdouse (Introduced Bangladesh superstar in the Hindi film “Mitti”. And many others.

Ishrat Ali (Kaalchakra).

  • Apart from the above he has introduced a number of technicians, which has been the highlight of his careers

·        These were prior commitments that he had made before “Kaalchakra” and being a man of words he fulfilled his commitments and completed the projects.  

·        With the advent of satellite channels he forayed into it and wrote & directed the serial for Zee T. V. but he found it very constricting for his tastes as he was used to the big canvas of cinema.

·        Perhaps it was fate or maybe his spiritual inclinations that he got a project on “Gautam Buddha”. Not bothering about money or that whether the project will see the light of the day as the negotiations are going on for it to be telecasted on T. V. he finished writing it. It is to be directed by Rakesh Kumar.

 

AS A DIRECTOR

 

A PHOTOGRAPH HERE

 

·        After “Phool Aur Kante” for the next proposal of producer Dinesh Patel, Iqbal Durrani meets Jayaprada with a women oriented subject and narrated it in such a way that she was highly impressed and she said to him when you have such a clear vision why don’t you direct the film yourself! If you direct the film I will be glad to work in it.

·        Dinesh Patel also supported this idea and signed Iqbal Durrani as the writer & director.

  • At that time Iqbal Durrani was the busiest and unanimously the number one writer of the industry. To focus maximum on the direction he decided to quit writing for the market and returned the signing amounts of dozens of producers. This decision shocked the entire film industry.
  • Some friends and well wishers suggested to him that he should not give up writing at this point as he was the costliest writer so he should continue to earn money while the going was good. But Iqbal Durrani was not lured by their money oriented idea. He said “let the dreams shatter but I will not be shattered into bits and pieces”. 
  • Thus in the dramatic year of 1996, he turns into the field of direction; adding another jewel to his crown.

Dhartiputra

Mamooty, Rishi Kapoor, Jayaprada & Farha

100 Days.

·        This is the first film of Mamooty (the Malayalam superstar) in Hindi films.

·        A set which was erected by using 22 lakh bangles became the talk of the industry and it is still in the memories of them.

·        This is sixth film whose Audio cassettes of dialogues were released.

·        When Iqbal Durrani approached Rajkumar to cast him in the film at that time no film of his had been released as a director.

·        It was a record that Rajkumar agreed to work with a director who had no releases to his credit.

·        On the set Rajkumar and Shatrughan Sinha were not on talking terms with each other, which made working with them very difficult but Iqbal Durrani handled both of them with ease and aplomb to complete the film.

·        This was the seventh film whose Audio cassettes of the dialogues were released.

Betaaj Badshah

Rajkumar, Shatrughan

Sinha,Mukesh Khanna &

Mamta Kulkarni.

 

100 Days.

 

Khuddar

Govinda & Karishma Kapoor.

Silver Jubilee.

 

  • Iqbal Durrani changed the entire profile of Govinda from being a comical character to a seriously authoritative persona throughout the film. He also deglamourized Karishma Kapoor and moulded her into a blind mother’s character. This metaphorsis of the star couple worked wonders on the box office and went on to become a stupendous success of that year. 
  • The song “Sexy - Sexy” became the most popular song of year.
  • This was the eighth film whose Audio cassettes of the dialogue were released.

Chattan

Dharmendra, Mukesh

Khanna & Atul Agnihotri.

Shelved due to death the of producer.

 

Mitti (Hindi) &Oh!Calcutta    (English)

Firdouse, Shravani Mukherji.

Hit in Bangldesh.

 

  • Introduction of Firdouse the Bangladesh superstar in Hindi films.
  • For the first time Iqbal Durrani directed a bi – lingual film in Hindi & English.
  • Script of “Dukaan” was based on Sadat Hassan Monto’s short stories. Unfortunately people could not digest the bitter & harsh truth but the film was critically acclaimed.

 

Dukaan

Rambha & Vikas Kalantari.

Critically Acclaimed.

 

Hindustan

Ayub Khan, Deepak Tijori,        Overseas      Released

 

Lajawab

Mukesh Khanna & Amit Kumar.

To be released soon.

 

Gandhi Se Pehle Gandhi.

(In Hindi & English)

 On Floor.

 

 

 

Bhagvan Mahavir

Right now as a director he is fully focused on this epic. 

 

 

AS A PRODUCER

A PHOTOGRAPH

·        At a point of time after directing successful films like Dhartiputra, Betaaj Badshah and Khuddar he decided to produce small budgeted but socially relevant, hard hitting films. The first film that he produced was Hindustan though all big artistes were available to him he decided to cast new actors.

Hindustan

Ayub Khan, Deepak Tijori,        Overseas      Released

Dukaan

Rambha & Vikas Kalantari.

Critically Acclaimed.

·        Hindustan though a well made film could not be properly released. Being a creative person he could not understand the market economics as the trend now was more towards big budgeted multi starcast films, in which race small films lost out.

·        Usually people close down their production house after one debacle but Iqbal Durrani opened his production of another “Dukaan”.

·        Script of “Dukaan” was based on Sadat Hassan Monto’s short stories. Unfortunately people could not digest the bitter & harsh truth but the film was critically acclaimed.

·        This was the second time that the film lost out among the crowd of cheap comedy and sexy films. Perhaps this crown of thorns was a blessing in disguise and he decided to close his production company otherwise he would have gained financially but would have lost his creativity.

·        Now as a writer and director he opens the door for the market. This is mutually beneficial to both the market and Iqbal Durrani.

 

 

AS AN ACTOR

A PHOTOGRAPH

·        Acting was his love and writing was his life breath.

·        They were both inseparable. During his college days he won the best actor’s award for two consecutive years. During his stay in Delhi he also acted in many plays as an actor he was popular and unbeatable at that time.

·        When he came to Mumbai he had to take a decision regarding the path that his career should tread. He resolved the dilemma by reasoning that he could survive without love but could not live without breathing and chose writing as a profession and rose to the pinnacle. But then an emotion like love cannot be suppressed for long, it bloomed when he got an opportunity to act in “Phool Aur Kaante” people still recall the character Dhanraj which he had essayed.

·        One interesting fact is that he never charged a penny for doing the role as it was not his profession; he did it out of love.

Phool Aur Kaante

Ajay Devghan, Madhu,

Amrish Puri & Iqbal Durrani

Golden Jubilee

·        The second film is “Pardesi” in which he was the main villain, Shakti Kapoor was his righthand.

·        For these films also he did not take any remuneration for acting.

Pardesi

 Mithun Chakravarty & Iqbal Durrani

Semi Hit

Naya Zeher

Uttam Mohanty & Iqbal Durrani.

Average

       

·        Now surprisingly he got an offer from Ramgopal Varma for the main villain in his film “Sarkar 2” starring Amitabh Bachchan, Abhishek Bachchan & Aishwarya Rai. The shooting will start in the month of May 2007.

·        Now Iqbal Durrani decided to take up acting as a profession.

 

AS A NOVELIST

A PHOTOGRAPH

·        All the success and popularity could not quell the spiritual streak inside him. Having that spiritual urge he has always nurtured it and to that end he has been writing books and scripts with spiritual contents.

  • Recently he wrote a novel “Gandhi Se Pehle Gandhi” on the life of revolutionary tribal “Birsa Munda” of Jharkhand. The people of Jharkhand worship Birsa Munda as “Bhagwan”. The book was presented to the people by the His Excellency the Governor of Uttar Pradesh Shri Vishnukant Shastri at the Premchand Hall in Lucknow. He was extremely impressed by the novel so much so that he couldn’t resist the temptation of quoting profusely from the text of the novel through out his speech. There couldn’t be a better and bigger tribute for the novelist. It has been acclaimed to be in the same class as Maxim Gorky’s “Mother” by eminent critics of Hindi literature.   It is now being published in English, Urdu, Marathi & Oriya which speaks volumes about the content, style and the impact of the novel.
  • Though Iqbal Durrani has accomplished a double treat that of being a much sought after script and dialogue writer in the purely commercial world of Hindi films as also being acknowledged as a novelist in the literary world.

 

A PHOTOGRAPH of the book of Gandhi Se Pehle Gandhi (front & back cover).

  • Persons interested in getting the book can send their requests by

           Email to-iqbaldurrani-@hotmail.com

  • Other books that are being published…
  • Phool Aur Kante (Collection of best dialogues of Iqbal Durrani’s films).
  • Teri Yaad (A novel based on Indo – Pak relations).
  • Pakeezah (A novel).
  • At present his research work is going on “Bhagwan Shree Mahavir”, his life and times and about his impact on India and the world. 

OTHER DREAMS

·        One who wants to achieve eternity has to work for eternity here and now, and as a writer and filmmaker he does not bid anyone to enter the house of his wisdom, but rather leads them to the thresholds of their own mind. To that end he wants to translate the “Ramcharit Manas” of Tulsidas in today’s modern context and its relevance in day-to-day life.

·        His ultimate dream is write a book on Prophet Mohammed.

AS A SOCIAL WORKER

·        In a career spanning over decades he has never allowed his dazzling success to go to his head, he has infact mellowed and turned introspective. He is a contented person though not a complacent one, he is very active in the field of social work especially in his native place which still lacks basic civic amenities. For this purpose he has started a “PEACE FOUNDATION” which will work towards that end with emphasis on visually challenged and the aged. The foundation has no narrow considerations and is above caste, creed and religion except humans and humanity. Perhaps for this reason he is loved by his village folk who call him their messiah.

·        Well done is better than well said, if anyone wants to join in this noble mission we welcome them whole heartedly. They can communicate with us through                    Email- iqbaldurrani-@hotmail.com.

 

 

 

As Writer & Director

In the year 1996, he turns into the field of direction; adding another jewel to his crown.

Dhartiputra

Mamooty, Rishi Kapoor &

Jayaprada.

100 Days.

·        Introduction of Mamooty for the first time Hindi films.

·        Audio cassettes of dialogues released.

Betaaj Badshah

Rajkumar, Shatrughan

Sinha,Mukesh Khanna &

Mamta Kulkarni.

 

100 Days.

Khuddar

Govinda & Karishma Kapoor.

Silver Jubilee.

  • The song “Sexy - Sexy” became the most popular song of the film that year which was the most popular film of that year.
  •  Audio cassettes of the dialogue released.

Chattan

Dharmendra, Mukesh

Khanna & Atul Agnihotri.

Shelved due to death of producer.

Mitti (Hindi) &

    Oh!Calcutta   

      (English)

Firdouse, Shravani Mukherji.

Hit in Bangldesh.

  • Introduction of Firdouse the Bangladesh superstar in Hindi films.

Dukaan

Rambha & Vikas Kalantari.

Critically Acclaimed.

Hindustan

To be released on 26th January.

Lajawab

Mukesh Khanna & Amit Kumar.

To be released soon.

Gandhi Se Pehle Gandhi.

(In Hindi & English)

 

On Floor.

Teri Yaad

Ved Khanna’s dream proposal in casting stage. To be extensively shot in Pakistan.

Nahin…Nahin

An international project with Indian, Pakistani & British actors. With Pakistani cricketer Imran Khan as project advisor. Very soon it will be on floor

 

 

 

History In The Making:

During his college days his exceptional talents started stamping his authority. As an example He became the first Muslim candidate to win as the Secretary in the college elections (Tata College, Chaibasa. Ironically forty to fifty Muslim students thinking that he will surely lose did not turn up for the voting. But he won with a record margin creating history as the first and last Muslim to win the elections. That day he realized that adversities do not make the man strong or weak, but they reveal what he is. This strengthened his belief that truth, wisdom, ethics and moral values are above money, caste, creed and narrow-minded orthodoxy. This firmly established his leadership qualities and the next year he won unopposed! 

AFTER GRADUATION 

         He took up writing as a full time job with eagerness and passion and his articles were published in leading Urdu and Hindi magazines. Every writer has a particular genius of his own and therefore a particular way of self – expression. In Iqbal Durrani’s case, he always wrote from the heart as he believes in the dictum, “What comes from the heart goes to the heart”. Day by day his popularity grew among the masses. 

  .      Immediately after graduation he joined the political Hindi weekly “Singhbhum Ekta” published from Chaibasa, as an editor and wrote under the nom de guerre “I. Gautam”. The magazine being political he felt that his literary talents being stifled. To quench his literary thirst and to give himself the sky to let his writing ability to soar freely in the firmament he started a bi – monthly Urdu magazine “Ehsaas” from Jagannathpur.  

It is very rare indeed to find such a talent who just after graduation takes up editing two magazines in two different languages with equal ease and command over both of them.  

BEFORE BOMBAY 

During his stay in Delhi for his Computer Software programming course he had the opportunity to interact with the eminent Hindi poet Dushyant Kumar during his sojourns to the Delhi Public library. The period of interaction with Dushyant Kumar though being small opened up new horizons and he absorbed, learned and gained immense understanding from it. Still he could not write poetry but poetic fragrance makes its presence felt in his prose. 

Iqbal Durrani being quite adamant that he would only write never took up any other job, but with his father retiring his responsibilities grew manifold, he being the eldest son. The earnings from his writing were not sufficient to take care of his family. In these daunting and trying circumstances he came to Bombay to take up writing in the films.  

 

 

  In the 1980’s the T.V. Channels not all pervading and there was tough competition to survive in the film industry

.  The writing duo of Salim – Javed were on the verge of a split. Rahi Masoom Raza was venturing towards television. Kader Khan’s double meaning and bawdy dialogues were ruling the roost.   

     In this bleak scenario he had to struggle quite a lot and finally grabbed the first opportunity that came his way. He moved against the tide wrote hard hitting realistic dialogues in the socially relevant film “Kaalchakra”. The film went on to become a stupendous hit and overnight he became a star writer the cynosure of the film industry with his very first film. This was on 5th Feb 1988, after this there was no looking back and his journey continued… 

  • Though being a small budgeted film and released against the big budgeted Amitabh Bachchan starring “Shahenshah” it held its ground and became a super hit.
  • The work of the writer was appreciated and the success of the film was credited to film’s hard-hitting meaningful dialogues.
  • The audio cassette of the film’s hard-hitting dialogues was released.
  • It was re – made in Telugu. Till now it was the trend to remake south Indian films into Hindi but this film broke that trend.
  • Introduction of Ishrat Ali.

Landmarks In The Film Industry

·                   He created a unique style and pattern of his own with his hard hitting relevant dialogues. So much so that it was known as Iqbal Durrani style which new writers followed.

·                   He proved time and again that his writing was capable of carrying the whole film on its own irrespective of the starcast. His films with new comers prove the fact that a good storyline and meaningful dialogues are great contributors to the success of the film. Whereas often big budgeted films fail to hold because of bad narrative and meaningless dialogues.

·                   If one looks at the films that he did one would find that he has not done many film with a romantic or comedy flavour. He always did films which were socially relevant and which delineated a moral message not by hammering it over the head of the audience but by subtly incorporating it in the narration.

·                   Record number of Audio Cassettes of dialogues released. It is a record for any writer in Hindi film Industry.

·                   He also has the credit of introducing a large number of new faces. To name a few of them:

Ajay Devgan (In Phool Aur Kaante).

Akshay Kumar (Saugandh).

Nagarjun (Introduced Telugu superstar in Hindi cinema).

Mamooty (Introduced Malyalam superstar in Hindi cinema for the first time in “Dhartiputra”.

Firdouse (Introduced Bangladesh superstar in the Hindi film “Mitti”. And many others.

Apart from the above he has introduced a number of technicians, which has been the highlight of his careers

AT PRESENT HE HAS AGAIN DECIDED TO START WRITING FOR THE MARKET, WHICH HE HAD STOPPED AFTER WRITING “PHOOL AUR KAANTE”. THE MARKET HAS GLADLY WELCOMED HIM BACK WITH OPEN ARMS. HE HAS ALREADY NEGOTIATED WITH RAJKUMAR SANTOSHI AND N. R. PACHISIA AND THE PROJECTS ARE THROUGH.

Forthcoming Ventures.

·   His long and successful association with the film industry and being honoured with a number of trophies and awards never filled him with pride and vanity but instead it humbled him and he took the highs and lows of life with equal poise. Over the years being extremely busy he never neglected his social obligations and has tried his best to give back something meaningful to the people in and around his native place. He is quite popular among them and the people call him their messiah.

·        All the success and popularity could not quell the spiritual streak inside him. Having that spiritual urge he has always nurtured it and to that end he has been writing books and scripts with spiritual contents.

  • Recently wrote a novel “Gandhi Se Pehle Gandhi” on the life of revolutionary tribal “Birsa Munda” of Jharkhand. The people of Jharkhand worship Birsa Munda as “Bhagwan”. The book was presented to the people by the His Excellency the Governor of Uttar Pradesh Shri Vishnukant Shastri at the Premchand Hall in Lucknow. He liked it so much that he quoted page after page from the book during his speech.  It was highly acclaimed both in the literary and the film world and was compared with Maxim Gorky’s “Mother” by leading critics of Hindi literature. Now it is ready to be published in English language as “A Gandhi Before Gandhi”. Apart from this it is soon to be published in Urdu, Marathi & Oriya.

 

  • Perhaps it was fate or maybe his spiritual inclinations that he again got a project on “Gautam Buddha”. Not bothering about money or that whether the project will see the light of the day as the negotiations are going on for it to be telecasted on T. V. he finished writing it. It is to directed by Rakesh Kumar

 

  • At present he is working on “Bhagwan Shree Mahavir” and his life and times and about his impact on India and the world. It will be made into a film, a magnum opus on the silver celluloid to be the costliest Hindi film ever made. The research work is going on.

 

  • After completing the research work on “Bhagwan Shree Mahavir” he plans to take out a padyatra to Vaishali, the birth place of Bhagwan Mahavir.

  

Future Dreams.

·        One who wants to achieve eternity has to work for eternity here and now, and as a writer and filmmaker he does not bid anyone to enter the house of his wisdom, but rather leads them to the thresholds of their own mind. To that end he wants to translate the “Ramcharit Manas” of Tulsidas in today’s modern context and its relevance in day-to-day life.

 ·        His ultimate dream is write a book on Prophet Mohammed.

 In the ultimate analysis his life and thinking proves that “Sarva Dharma Sambhav” exists in his body, mind and soul.

 

Guldasta

T. V. Serial.

On D.D.

Ajeeb Ittefaq 1

T. V. Serial.

On D.D.

Ajeeb Ittefaq 2

T. V. Serial.

On D.D.

 

  • These were prior commitments that he had made before “Kaalchakra” and being a man of words he fulfilled his commitments and completed the projects.

 

 

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