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Gulzar
  Hindi Film     Main Lead, Supporting Actor, Director, Lyricist, Singer, Story Writer, Screenplay, Dialogue    18 Aug 1934

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Gulzar (18 August 1934 )

When Gulzar saw the sea of bouquets that arrived at his doorstep in Pali Hill on Monday morning soon after the Oscar announcement, he told an old friend, poet Arun Shevate,Bhai, why don’t you remove the cellophane wrapping so that the flowers can breathe.

This gentle, lyrical spirit has pervaded his 50-odd years of writing  from his debut in Bandini, to the slick Slumdog Millionnaire. He has created a legacy of gems, some pensive (Humne dekhi hai un aankhon ki mehekti khushboo), some exuberant (Chaiya Chaiya, Kajra re), but always memorable (Tere bina zindagi se koi shikwa to nahin). His extraordinary ability to touch a chord with people across generations and cultures makes the Academy Award particularly deserving.

Gulzar, born Sampooran Singh Kalra, started his life as a garage mechanic in Mumbai, but was spotted in literary soirees which were then a popular feature in the city. Lyricist Shailendra cajoled him to write a song for Bimal Roy’s classic Bandini. With Mora gora rang layee le came instant fame and began his tryst with the Hindi film world, where he penned songs, wrote dialogues and scripts. He later moved to direction, tackling a range of themes from personal to political, Meera to Maachis.

He first collaborated with Hrishikesh Mukherjee as a scriptwriter for Guddi and Anand. His first film as director was Mere Apne, which captured the urban angst of the 70s, followed by Parichay an adaptation of Sound Of Music followed by Achanak, a seering love story. Then came Koshish, a poignant tale of a physically challenged couple, followed by Aandhi, rumoured to be based on the woman behind the politician that was Indira Gandhi. 

He followed his tracks with host of other films including, Khusboo based on a Sarat Chandra novel,Mausam, Kitaab, Kinara Meera,Namkeen, Angoor,Ijazat, Libaas, Lekin, Maachis, Hu Tu Tu. Besides these films, he also made several short and documentary films.

The subject of all the films are diverse and explore different facets of human emotions. Though most of his films depicted sensitive aspects of human emotions, Angoor stood out for its brilliant comedy. It was an adaptation of Shakespeare’s Comedy of Errors. He approached child psychology with great tenderness in Kitaab. The film starred the Bengali superstar Uttam Kumar and Master Rajoo. Meera was a historical starring Hema Malini in the lead role. He got the music maestro Ravi Shankar to compose the music of the film. Ijazat was a poignant love triangle starring Naseeruddin Shah, Rekha and Anuradha Patel. It featured his most praised lyric Mera kuch saman tumhare pass pada hai. Maachis highlighted the plight of Sikh youths during the peak of the Khalistan movement. Lekin was adapted from Tagore’s famous short story Hungry Stones.

Gulzar also directed a few TV series, the most notable among them being Mirza Ghalib starring Naseeruddin Shah in the title role. The songs were rendered by Jagjit Singh and remain eternal favorites.  As a director he felt most confident working with R.D. Burman whom he used to affectionately called Pancham. The duo even wemt to compose non filmy albums like Dil Padosi Hai.

Many say he is the most important lyricist in Hindi cinema after Shailendra and Saher Ludhianvi, infusing fresh meanings into words without resorting to the usual cliches. It is to his credit that as a lyricist he delved into almost every aspect of human emotions, from romance to sensuality to fantasy, to comedy, to patriotism, to item songs to what have you. With equal fecundity he wrote the ethereal Jia Jale to the raunchy Chaiyya Chaiyya in Dil Se. his Beedi jalialey jigar se piya set a new benchmark for all item songs.

Gulzar’s appeal extended to children as well: Jungle jungle baat chali hai pataa chalaa hai, is remembered by all who watched vintage, no-remote Doordarshan. 

In his trademark kurta pajama and white canvas shoes, the poet remains an enduring and beloved figure whether on a Bandra tennis court or a cold confines of a recording studio.


Filmography

Total   140  records found
Sr No. YearCredited AsMovie Show in detail
1 2017 Lyricist Rangoon
2 2017 Dialogue OK Jaanu
3 2016 Lyricist Shor Se Shuruaat
4 2016 Lyricist Dear Zindagi
5 2016 Story Writer Mirzya
6 2015 Lyricist Drishyam
7 2014 Lyricist Kill Dil
8 2014 Lyricist Haider
9 2014 Lyricist Kya Dilli Kya Lahore
10 2013 Lyricist Chamki Chameli
11 2013 Lyricist Dedh Ishqiya
12 2013 Lyricist Lajjo
13 2013 Lyricist Ek Thi Daayan
14 2013 Lyricist Matru Ki Bijlee Ka Mandola
15 2012 Lyricist ChaurahenCrossroads
16 2012 Lyricist Jab Tak Hai Jaan
17 2011 Lyricist Teen Thay Bhai
18 2011 Lyricist Chala Mussaddi Office Office
19 2010 Lyricist Ishqiya
20 2010 Lyricist Dus Tola
21 2010 Lyricist Raavan
22 2010 Lyricist Raajneeti
23 2010 Lyricist Striker
24 2010 Lyricist Veer
25 2009 Lyricist Kaminey
26 2009 Lyricist Firaaq
27 2009 Lyricist Billu
28 2008 Lyricist Yuvvraaj
29 2007 Lyricist Jhoom Barabar Jhoom
30 2007 Singer Hattrick
31 2007 Lyricist Guru
32 2007 Story Writer Dus Kahaniyaan
33 2007 Lyricist The Blue Umbrella
34 2007 Lyricist No Smoking
35 2007 Lyricist Just Married
36 2006 Lyricist Omkara
37 2006 Lyricist JaanEMann
38 2005 Lyricist Paheli
39 2005 Lyricist Bunty Aur Babli
40 2005 Lyricist Yahaan
41 2004 Lyricist Raincoat
42 2004 Lyricist Maqbool
43 2003 Lyricist Kagaar: Life on the Edge
44 2003 Lyricist Pinjar
45 2003 Lyricist Chupke Se
46 2002 Lyricist Leela
47 2002 Lyricist Makdee
48 2002 Lyricist Lal Salaam
49 2002 Lyricist Filhaal
50 2002 Lyricist Dil Vil Pyar Vyar
51 2002 Lyricist Saathiya
52 2001 Lyricist Aks
53 2001 Lyricist Asoka
54 2000 Lyricist Fiza
55 1999 Lyricist Khubsoorat
56 1999 Lyricist Khoobsurat
57 1999 Director Hu Tu Tu
58 1999 Lyricist Jahan Tum Le Chalo
59 1998 Lyricist Swami Vivekanand
60 1998 Lyricist Satya
61 1998 Lyricist Do Numbri
62 1998 Lyricist Dil Se
63 1998 Supporting Actor Wajood
64 1997 Lyricist Chachi 420
65 1997 Lyricist Aastha
66 1996 Director Maachis
67 1993 Lyricist Rudaali
68 1993 Lyricist Maya Memsaab
69 1991 Lyricist Situm
70 1991 Director Lekin
71 1988 Director Ijaazat
72 1988 Director Libaas
73 1987 Lyricist Jallianwala Bagh
74 1986 Lyricist Ek Pal
75 1986 Lyricist Jeeva
76 1986 Screenplay New Delhi Times
77 1985 Lyricist Ghulami
78 1984 Lyricist Tarang
79 1984 Lyricist Hip Hip Hurray
80 1983 Dialogue Zara Si Zindagi
81 1983 Lyricist Sadma
82 1983 Lyricist Masoom
83 1982 Director Namkeen
84 1982 Director Angoor
85 1981 Lyricist Gehrayee
86 1981 Lyricist Naram Garam
87 1981 Story Writer Baseraa
88 1980 Director Sahira
89 1980 Supporting Actor Griha Pravesh
90 1980 Director Chatran
91 1979 Director Meera
92 1977 Director Kitaab
93 1977 Director Kinara
94 1975 Director Mausam
95 1975 Director Khushboo
96 1975 Director Aandhi
97 1973 Director Achanak
98 1972 Director Parichay
99 1972 Director Koshish
100 1971 Lyricist Anand
101 1971 Director Mere Apne
102 1971 Story Writer Guddi
103 1951 Supporting Actor Actor
104 1951 Supporting Actor Maya Machhindra
105 1948 Supporting Actor Shahnaz
106 1948 Supporting Actor Lal Dupatta
107 1947 Supporting Actor Yadgar
108 1947 Supporting Actor Extra Girl
109 1943 Supporting Actor Andhera
110 1943 Supporting Actor Amanat
111 1943 Supporting Actor Mera Khwab
112 1942 Supporting Actor Jawani
113 1941 Supporting Actor Nirdosh
114 1940 Supporting Actor Sanskar
115 1940 Supporting Actor Prem Nagar
116 1940 Supporting Actor Nirali Duniya
117 1940 Supporting Actor Civil Marriage
118 1939 Supporting Actor Zambo Ka Beta
119 1939 Supporting Actor Uski Thamanna
120 1939 Main Lead Imperial Mail
121 1938 Supporting Actor Three Hundred Days After
122 1938 Supporting Actor Gramaphone Singer
123 1937 Supporting Actor Mahageet
124 1937 Supporting Actor Kulvadhu
125 1937 Supporting Actor Atma Tarang
126 1937 Supporting Actor Jeewan Jyoti
127 1936 Supporting Actor Sagar Ki Kanya
128 1936 Main Lead Saed-E-Havas
129 1936 Supporting Actor Deccan Queen
130 1935 Supporting Actor Raj Tarang
131 1935 Supporting Actor Nirdoshi Abla
132 1935 Supporting Actor Maut Ka Toofan
133 1935 Supporting Actor Mard-E-Maidan
134 1934 Supporting Actor Shaher Ka Jadoo
135 1933 Main Lead Chandrahasa
136 1932 Supporting Actor God Of War
137 1932 Main Lead Bhedi Khanjar
138 1931 Supporting Actor Golden Dagger
139 1930 Main Lead Shepherd
140 1930 Main Lead Brave Hearts
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