Renowned for writing impressive hits like Tujhse Naaraaz Nahi and Tere Bina Zindagi Se; Gulzar’s lyrics brought an array of metaphors to Hindi movies and whose cinema feels like visual literature. His verses talk of chilly afternoons spent soaking in the sun, stars strolling in the lanes after a drizzle, the moon being a restive and the heart a neighbor. This versatile veteran will be the 45th winner of the Dadasaheb Phalke Award 2013.
The award includes Golden Lotus, cash of Rs 10 lakhs and a shawl. Sampooran Singh Kalra a.k.a Gulzar is the recipient of other coveted awards like Padma Bhushan, Grammy & an Oscar, Sahitya Akademi Award, National Film Awards besides 20 Filmfare Awards to his credit.
Gulzar’s best work, both as a director and a lyricist, is very insightful. Scripts like Koshish, Achanak, Mausam, Namkeen, Ijaazat make you feel regret and pain. He has also made movies of delight and amusement like Parichay and Angoor, to name a few. Then there are movies like Mere Apne, Maachis, Aandhi and Hu Tu Tu with political content.
While it is the medley of work that Gulzar is well-known for, his verses have been published in three sets: Chand Pukhraaj Ka, Raat Pashminey Ki and Pandrah Paanch Pachattar, and also has numerous short stories to his recognition.
We salute Gulzar’s contribution to Indian movies and offer him our heartiest congratulations for winning the Dadasaheb Phalke award 2014. Take a bow, Sir!