Gulzar honored with Dadasaheb Phalke Award

Veteran lyricist, poet, author and filmmaker Gulzar was selected, on Saturday, for the prestigious Dada Saheb Phalke Award, the highest official recognition for film personalities in India.

The award is presented by the government for outstanding contribution to the growth and development of Indian cinema.

According to reports, Bimal Julka, secretary, ministry of information and broadcasting, congratulated Gulzar on the momentous occasion.

The multi-faceted Gulzar was awarded the Padma Bhushan in 2004 for his contribution to the arts. He also won the Sahitya Akademi Award in 2002 and a number of National Film Awards and 20 Filmfare Awards.

At the 81st Academy Awards, he won the Academy Award for Best Original Song for ‘Jai Ho’ (shared with A R Rahman), for the movie ‘Slumdog Millionaire’. On January 31, 2010, 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.

Gulzar, whose real name is Sampooran Singh Kalra, began his career in films with his song ‘Mora gora rang layee le’ for Bimal Roy’s classic ‘Bandini’ in 1963. Then his work in the Hindi film world started with writing songs, dialogues and also scripts. Later on, he took to direction as well.

As a lyricist, Gulzar is best known for his connection with music director Rahul Dev Burman.

He has also worked with leading Bollywood music directors of many generations, including Sachin Dev Burman, Salil Chowdhury, Shankar Jaikishan, Hemant Kumar, Laxmikant-Pyarelal, Madan Mohan, A R Rahman, Vishal Bhardwaj, Rajesh Roshan, Anu Malik, and Shankar–Ehsaan–Loy.

His poetry has been published in three sets — ‘Chand Pukhraaj Ka’, ‘Raat Pashminey Ki’ and ‘Pandrah Paanch Pachattar’. His short stories have been published in ‘Raavi-Paar’ and ‘Dhuan’. The poet has also earned the credit for creating a new type of stanza in Urdu poetry named ‘Triveni’ (stanza of 3 lines).

With ‘Mere Apne’ in 1971, Gulzar got into the role of a filmmaker and then made ‘Parichay’ in 1972 and ‘Koshish’ in 1972.

Films directed by Gulzar have won several awards and have been applauded critically. He also created TV series ‘Mirza Ghalib’ and ‘Tahreer Munshi Premchand Ki’ among others and wrote lyrics for several well-known Doordarshan serials such as ‘Hello Zindagi’, ‘Potli Baba Ki’ and ‘Jungle Book’.

His contribution to mainstream cinema is recognized quite well, assuring him a place in the history of Indian cinema.