I remember my mother humming her favourite songs while she cooked. I would always sit around her because of her peaceful voice. It was much later that I was introduced to the man who gave words to my mother’s songs, Gulzar Sahab.
Sampooran Singh Kalra : born on 18th August, in Dina, Jhelum.
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From dialogues that would stay forever in our minds, films that set a benchmark in direction and screenplay, to songs whose lyrics bagged Grammy awards for India, this man is truly the jack of all trades who raced far ahead of his times. Looking back at his journey so far, here are a few facts about him that not many of us know about:
Sampooran Singh Kalra known popularly by his pen name Gulzar celebrates his 84tt birthday on Today. He is an Indian poet, lyricist and film director.
Brilliance has few sparkling faces, Gulzar's is one of them. See what happens when often repeated "Chalte hain" catches his imagination⏬ pic.twitter.com/JxStIdcqng
— Kailash N Sharma (@KailashnathNath) August 10, 2018
Here are 15 facts about Gulzar that you should know.
- He was born in a Kalra Arora Sikh family, to Makhan Singh Kalra and Sujan Kaur, in Dina, Jhelum District, British India (now in Pakistan) in the year 1934.
- He worked in Worli, Mumbai, as a car mechanic in a garage before becoming a writer.
- He is married to actress Raakhee. The couple has a daughter, Meghna Gulzar (Bosky). When their daughter was only one year old, they separated but never divorced.
- He wrote his first song ‘Mora Gora Ang Lai Le..’ for Bimal Roy’s film Bandini. Some of his famous songs are Aye Zindagi Gale Laga Le (Sadma), Tere Bina Zindagi se Koi (Aandhi), Aanewala Pal Janewala Hai (Golmaal), Humne Dekhi Hai (Khamoshi), Tujhse Naaraz Nahin Zindagi (Masoom), Musafir Hoon Yaro (Parichay), Musafir Hoon Yaro (Parichay), Musafir Hoon Yaro (Parichay) and Naino Ki Mat Maniyo (Omkara).
For all my friends…💞💐
Saloni.. Ur fav Gulzar sahab 👍😊 pic.twitter.com/aFCfXIE47t
— Praneeta🌷🕊 (@Prantara1778) April 3, 2018
- He also wrote for films for directors like Hrishikesh Mukherjee and Asit Sen. Some of the films that Gulzar has written include Anand (1970), Guddi (1971), Bawarchi (1972) and Namak Haram (1973) for Hrishikesh Mukherjee and Do Dooni Char (1968), Khamoshi (1969) and Safar (1970) for Asit Sen.
- With ‘Mere Apne’ in 1971, he donned the role of a filmmaker. Some of his other popular films include Parichay (1972), Koshish (1972), Achanak (1973), Aandhi (1975), Khushboo (1975), Mausam (1975), Angoor (1982), Libaas (1988), Maachis (1996), Hu Tu Tu (1999).
- In 1988, he directed the famous television serial ‘Mirza Ghalib’ and later also directed Tahreer Munshi Premchand Ki.
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- He has written lyrics and dialogues for several Doordarshan TV series including Jungle Book, Alice in Wonderland, Hello Zindagi, Guchche and Potli Baba Ki with Vishal Bhardwaj.
- He primarily writes poetry in Urdu and Punjabi besides several dialects of Hindi such as Braj Bhasha, Khariboli, Haryanvi and Marwari. His poetry is in Triveni type of stanza.
- His poems are published in three compilations: Chand Pukhraaj Ka (Urdu), Raat Pashminey Ki and Pandrah Paanch Pachattar.
- His short stories are published in Raavi-Paar (also known as Dustkhat in Pakistan) and Dhuan (smoke).
- For the peace campaign, Aman ki Asha, jointly started by India’s and Pakistan’s leading media houses, Gulzar wrote the anthem ‘Nazar Main Rehte Ho’.
- He has also written ghazals for Jagjit Singh’s albums ‘Marasim’ and ‘Koi Baat Chale’.
— Ravie Solanky (@raviesolanky) August 17, 2018
- He has been honoured time and again for his work. This includes winning the National Award thrice – Best Screenplay for Koshish, Best Director for Mausam and Best Lyricist for Ijaazat. He has also won the Filmfare Award a number of times. He has also been awarded Padma Bhushan in 2004, Sahitya Akademi Award in 2002 and Dadasaheb Phalke Award in 2013. At the 81st Academy Awards, he won the Academy Award for Best Original Song for ‘Jai Ho’ (shared with A.R.Rahman), for the film Slumdog Millionaire. The same song won him a Grammy Award in the category of Grammy Award for Best Song Written for a Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media.