From Sampooran To Gulzar Lets Revisit The Journey On His 85th Birthday

From Sampooran To Gulzar Lets Revisit The Journey On His 85th Birthday

New Delhi: An eminent lyricist, director and poet, Gulzar turns 85 today. For him sound of silence is the most beautiful and divine sound. Gulzar is pen name for Sampooran Singh Kalra. Born in Jhelum District in British India (now in Pakistan) his family moved to India after partition. He started his career with music director S.D. Burman as a lyricist in the 1963 film Bandini and worked with many music directors including R. D. Burman, Salil Chowdhury, Vishal Bhardwaj and A. R. Rahman. He was awarded Padma Bhushan in 2004, the third-highest civilian award in India. 

On his 85th birthday today, here are some amazing facts about him:

  • Before becoming a writer, Gulzar worked as a car mechanic in Mumbai.


  • Gulzar had started writing from a very young age and was often been rebuked by his father for being a writer


  • He took the pen name Gulzar Deenvi and later simply Gulzar


  • After partition, he came to Delhi and worked as an assistant to Bimal Roy


  • Later, he started his career as a songwriter with the music director S. D. Burman for the movie Bandini



  • The first song that he gave lyrics to was "Mora Gora Ang Layle". Gulzar has given lyrics to the songs of the movies like Anand, Mere Apne, Mausam, Maachis, Omkara, Kaminey, Dil Se.., Guru, Slumdog Millionaire, Raavan, Bunty Aur Babli and many more


  • He has also written dialogues and screenplay for films like Aashirwad, Anand and Khamoshi


  • Gulzar's first film as a director was Mere Apne which was a remake of a Bengali film Apanjan. He later directed Parichay and Koshish


  • In the year 1988, Gulzar directed a television serial Mirza Ghalib starring Naseeruddin Shah


  • None of the Gulzar's films were very commercially successful


  • Gulzar has written lyrics and dialogues for several Doordarshan TV series including Jungle Book, Alice in Wonderland, Hello Zindagi, Guchche and Potli Baba Ki


  • In April 2013, Gulzar was appointed as the Chancellor of the Assam University


  • Gulzar was awarded the Padma Bhushan in 2004 and the Sahitya Akademi Award in 2002


  • He has won 20 Filmfare Awards


  • For the song "Jai Ho", Gulzar won a Grammy Award in the category of Grammy Award for Best Song Written for a Motion Picture


  • The highest award of the Indian cinema, Dadasaheb Phalke Award, was awarded to him in the year 2013.


One of the famous lines by Gulzar Sahab is “उम्मीद भी है, घबराहट भी कि अब लोग क्या कहेंगे, और इससे बड़ा डर यह है कहीं ऐसा ना हो कि लोग कुछ भी ना कहें!! गुलज़ार” ― Gulzar, 

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