Gulzar to be honoured with Dadasaheb Phalke Award
Moneylife Digital Team 12 April 2014

Veteran lyricist, filmmaker and renowned Indian poet, Gulzar is nominated for the coveted Dadasaheb Phalke Award for 2013

Gulzar, one of the veteran lyricist, filmmaker and poets will be honoured with the Dadsaheb Phalke award, India’s highest award in cinema given annually by the union government.

Dadasaheb Phalke Award is India’s highest award in cinema given annually by the Indian Government for lifetime contribution to Indian cinema. Some of the acclaimed award recipients include, Prithviraj Kapoor, Ashok Kumar, Raj Kapoor, Dilip Kumar, Satyajit Ray, Dev Anand, Lata Mangeshkar, BR Chopra, Sivaji Ganesan, Asha Bhosale and Pran among others.

Sampooran Singh Kalra, who is popularly known by his penname Gulzar had earlier won the Academy Award for Best Original Song for "Jai Ho" (shared with AR Rahman), for Slumdog Millionaire, at the 81st Academy Awards in 2009. He also won a Grammy Awards for the same song in 2010. He was awarded the Padma Bhushan in 2004 and the Sahitya Akademi Award in 2002.

The 79-year old writer, director has won as many as 20 Filmfare awards in total. He is also the winner of a number of National Film Awards. He is also the record holder for winning the most number of “Filmfare award for best lyricist” and “Filmfare Award for Best Dialogue”.

Gulzar started his film career as a lyricist, with the song "Mora Gora Ang Layle". He has since then written dialogues and lyrics for more than 100 movies, as well as directed more than 20 movies in Bollywood. He has also created a new type of poem known as Triveni. He has been associated with some of the other famous music directors like SD Burman, Salil Chowdhury, RD Burman, Laxmikant Pyarelal, Madan Mohan, Rajesh Roshan, AR Rahman, Vishal Bharadwaj, Shankar Ehsaan Loy and many more.

Gulzar has also directed critically-acclaimed Hindi films such as, 'Mere Apne', 'Parichay', 'Koshish' and 'Andhi', among others.

Gulzar's Aandhi, based on the Hindi novel "Kaali Aandhi" by Kamleshwar, told a story of a couple separated against the backdrop of politics. Along with various wins and nominations, the film also won Filmfare Critics Award for Best Movie. Although believed to be based on the life of Ex-Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, the film was based on life of Tarkeshwari Sinha.

Gulzar's poetry is partly published in three compilations: Chand Pukhraaj Ka, Raat Pashminey Ki and Pandrah Paanch Pachattar (15-05-75). His short stories are published in Raavi-paar (also known as Dustkhat in Pakistan) and Dhuan (smoke).

Along with lyrics, he has also contributed in many films as script, story and dialogue writer. He also had worked on small screen by creating series Mirza Ghalib and Tahreer Munshi Premchand ki among others. He wrote lyrics for several serials on Doordarshan including Hello Zindagi, Potli Baba ki and Jungle Book.

Gulzar holds the record of winning the maximum number of Filmfare Awards for Best Lyricist (11 in total) as well as Filmfare Awards for Best Dialogue (4 in total). He was also awarded the 2012 Indira Gandhi Award for National Integration.

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