About Gulzar

Sampoorn Singh KalraGulzar” is an Indian lyricist, poet, screenwriter, & film director. Gulzar has also been awarded many famous awards for Hindi cinema. He has also been awarded the Padma Bhushan, India’s highest Padma honor in 2004. He was awarded the Oscar for Best Song for the song “Jai Ho” in the Slumdog Millionaire directed by Danny Boyle. He has also been awarded the Grammy Award for this song.

NameSampoorn Singh Kalra
NicknameGulzar
FatherButter Singh Kalra
MotherSujan Kaur
Date of Birth8 August 1936
Place of BirthDina Gaon, Punjab
WifeRakhi Gulzar
DaughterMeghna Gulzar
ProfessionPoet, songwriter, and film director
HobbyBooks reading and writing, travel

The background
Sampoorn Singh Kalra alias Gulzar was born on 18 August 1936 in Dina, Jhelum District, Punjab, British India, which is now in Pakistan. Gulzar is the only child of his father’s second wife. His father’s name was Makhan Singh Kalra and his mother’s name was Sujan Kaur.

When Gulzar was very innocent and small, then his mother died. During the partition of the country, his family settled in Amritsar, Punjab. While there Gulzar saheb came to Mumbai. After coming to Mumbai, he started working as a mechanic in a garage. He started writing poems in his free time as an amateur. He then quit his garage job and worked as an assistant to famous Hindi cinema directors Bimal Rai, Hrishikesh Mukherjee, and Hemant Kumar.

wedding
Gulzar is married to divorced actress Rakhi Gulzar. However, the couple separated after their daughter was born. But Gulzar saheb and Rakhi never divorced from each other. He has a daughter – Meghna Gulzar who is a film director.

Career
Gulzar’s career in Hindi cinema began with songwriter SD Burman’s film Bandhini. In 1968, he wrote dialogue for the film Ashirwad. Ashok Kumar was seen in this film. Ashok Kumar also received the Filmfare Best Actor Award for this film. After this, he wrote the lyrics of many great films, for which he always received praise from critics and audiences.

In 2007, he wrote the song Jai Ho for the Hollywood film Slumdog Millionaire. He was also awarded the Grammy Award for this film.

He has also contributed a lot to Hindi cinema as a director. He has given many excellent films to the audience under his direction, which the audience still loves to watch.

Apart from the big screen, he has written a lot for small screen as well. Which includes Doordarshan’s show Jungle Book.

Famous films as director
mere apane, parichay, koshish, achaanak, khushaboo, aandhee, mausam,kinaara, kitaab, angoor, namakeen, meera, ijaajat, lekin, libaas, maachis, hu too too.

Songwriting
Omkara, Raincoat, Pinjar, Dil Se, Aandhi, Dusri Sita, Sangeet

Awards

  • In 1972, he was awarded the National Film Award for Best Screenplay for Film Effort.
  • In the year 1975, Filmfare Critics Award for Best Film was given for the film Aandhi.
  • In 1976, he was awarded the Filmfare Award for Best Director for the film season.
  • In 1978, he was awarded the Filmfare Award for Best Lyricist for the song “Do Deewane Shahar Mein” from the film Gharonda.
  • In 1980, he was awarded the Filmfare Award for Best Lyricist for the song “Anewal Pal Jaale Wale Hai” from the film Golmaal.
  • In 1981, he was awarded the Filmfare Award for Best Lyricist for the song Thousand Rah Mudke Dekhi from the film Thodi Si Infidelity.
  • In 1984, he was awarded the Filmfare Award for Best Lyricist for the song “Tujhse Naag Nahi Zindagi” from the film Masoom.
  • In 1988, he was awarded the National Film Award for Best Lyricist for the song “Mera Kuch Saaman” from the film Mojeta.
  • In 1990, he was awarded the Filmfare Award for Best Documentary, Ustad Amjad Ali Khan.
  • In 1991, he was awarded the National Film Award for Best Lyricist for the song “Yaar Seeli Sili” from the film Baar.
  • In 1996, he was awarded the National Film Award for Best Popular Film for Best Film for Film Matches.
  • In 1999, he was awarded the National Film Award for Best Lyricist for the song “Chaiyya-Chaiyya” from the film Dil Se.
  • Honored with Sahitya Akademi Award for Urdu film “Dhuna” in 2002
  • In 2003, he was awarded the Filmfare Award for Best Lyricist for the song “Saathiya” from the film Saathiya.
  • In 2004, he was awarded the Padma Bhushan Award.
  • In 2006, he was awarded the Filmfare Award for Best Lyricist for the song “Kajra Ray” from the film Bunty and Babli.
  • In 2008, he was awarded the Oscar Award for Best Song for the song “Jai Ho” from the film Slumdog Millionaire.
  • In 2011, the film Ishqiya was awarded the Filmfare Award for Best Lyricist for the song “Dil To Bacha Hai Ji”.
  • In 2013, he was awarded the Filmfare Award for Best Lyricist for the song “Chhala” from the film Jab Tak Hai Jaan.
  • In 2013, he was awarded the Dadasaheb Phalke Award for his significant contribution to the film world as a poet, film director and lyricist.