Acclaimed lyricist Gulzar, best known for penning memorable hits like Tujhse Naaraaz Nahi and Tere Bina Zindagi Se besides directing critically acclaimed films like Aandhi and Mausam, was today chosen for the prestigious Dada Saheb Phalke award, the highest official recognition for film personalities in India.
The 79-year-old veteran filmmaker, who has directed
films like Mere Apne, Koshish, Khushboo, Angoor,
Libaas and Maachis, will be the 45th recipient of the
A seven member jury consisting of eminent artists, after
due deliberations, unanimously recommended Gulzar for the
prestigious award, a statement released by the I&B ministry
Born as Sampooran Singh Kalra in 1934 in Pakistan's
Punjab in pre-independence India, Gulzar and his family were
among the many victims of Partition. The family moved to
Amritsar but Gulzar came to Bombay and began to work as a
garage mechanic while writing poetry in his spare time.
Gulzar started his career in 1956 and as a lyricist got
his first break in Bimal Roy's Bandini and the song Mora
Gora Ang Lai Le filmed on Nutan became an instant hit.
He worked with leading music directors like Sachin Dev
Burman, Salil Chowdhury, Shankar Jaikishan, Hemant Kumar,
Laxmikant-Pyarelal, Madan Mohan, Rajesh Roshan, Anu Malik, and
Gulzar also developed outstanding creative partnerships
with Rahul Dev Burman, A R Rahman and Vishal Bhardwaj. Along
with lyrics, he has also contributed to several films as
script, story and dialogue writer.
Gulzar is also widely known for his outstanding work on
the small screen as well. He is credited with having created
TV series like Mirza Ghalib and Tahreer Munshi Premchand
He wrote lyrics for several Doordarshan serials including
Hello Zindagi', 'Potli Baba Ki and Jungle Book which too
became very popular.
Gulzar was awarded the Sahitya Akademi Award in 2002, the
Padma Bhushan in 2004. He has won a number of National
Film Awards and 20 Filmfare Awards.
He won the Academy Award for best original song for Jai
Ho (shared with A R Rahman), for the film Slumdog
Millionaire in 2009.
In 2010, he won the Grammy award for Jai Ho.
Gulzar's poetry has been published in three compilations:
Chand Pukhraaj Ka, Raat Pashminey Ki and Pandrah Paanch
Pachattar (15-05-75). His short stories are published in
Raavi-Paar (also known as Dustkhat in Pakistan) and
He is also credited with having created a new type of
stanza in Urdu poetry named Triveni (stanza of 3 lines).
Gulzar's contribution to mainstream cinema is well
recognised, assuring him a place in the annals of Indian
cinema, the I&B Ministry said here.
Gulzar is married to actress Raakhee. The couple have a
daughter, Meghna. When their daughter was only one-year-old,
they separated but never divorced. Meghna grew up with her
father and, after completing her graduation in films from New
York University, went on to direct films like Filhaal, Just
Married and Dus Kahaniyaan. She also authored the biography
of her father Gulzar, in 2004.
With Mere Apne in 1971, Gulzar donned the role of a
filmmaker and went on to make Parichay (1972) and Koshish
(1972), a sensitive look at the travails of a deaf-dumb couple
superbly played by Sanjeev Kumar and Jaya Bhaduri.
The Gulzar-Sanjeev Kumar partnership resulted in films
like Aandhi (1975), Mausam (1975), Angoor (1981) and
Namkeen (1982) and took Sanjeev Kumar to greater heights in
With his sensitive yet successful movies, stars like
Jeetendra (Parichay, Khushboo (1975), Kinara (1977),
Vinod Khanna: Achanak (1973), Meera (1979) and Lekin
(1990) and Hema Malini (Khushboo, Kinara, Meera) worked
with Gulzar to gain respectability as artists and some of
their best and most introspective work has come in these