Veteran poet and film lyricist Gulzar has been chosen for the coveted Dadasaheb Phalke Award for 2013; he becomes the 45th winner of the Award.
Born in 1934, Sampooran Singh Kalra or Gulzar started his career in 1956 ; he got his first break in Bimal Roy’s “Bandini” in which he penned the lyrics for “Mera Gora Ang Layle” picturised on Nutan. Gulzar went on to work with leading music directors right from SD Burman to AR Rahman and Vishal Bhardwaj.Apart from being an ace lyricist,scriptwriter,story and dialogue writer , Gulzar also directed some brilliant films which will always be remembered in the history of Indian Cinema.These include films like “Koshish”, “Aandhi”, “Khushboo” and “Maachis”.Gulzar has also worked for the small screen by writing lyrics and creating serials like “Mirza Ghalib” and “Tahreer Munshi Premchand Ki”. “Jungle Jungle baat chali hai” from Jungle Book is still remembered by all.Gulzar has also given us many music albums along with mestros like Jagjit Singh,Ghulam Ali and others.
Gulzar was conferred the Sahitya Akademi Award in 2002 and the Padma Bhushan in 2004. He has won a number of National Film Awards and 20 Filmfare Awards.At the 81st Oscars in 2009, he won the Academy Award for best original song for “Jai ho” with A R Rahman.