Lyricist / Dialogue Writer / Screenwriter Hindi
Birth Name: Sampooran Singh Kalra
Born : 18 August 1934, in Dina, Punjab, British India (now in Punjab, Pakistan)
In Mausam (1975), Sharmila Tagore played a memorable double role as mother and daughter. The use of the flashback has been a unique feature of Gulzar’s cinema. He is also among the few filmmakers who have consistently created interesting women characters infused with the twin virtues of silence and articulate expression. Kusum in Khushboo (1975) and Maya in Ijaazat (1986) are among his most memorable apart from Aarti in Aandhi (1975) and Kajli in Mausam (1975). Despite being a fine writer, Gulzar has consistently drawn inspiration from other works of literature.
His fruitful collaboration with the renowned music director R. D. Burman went on beyond their work in cinema, and their songs have acquired a life way past the function of servicing narratives. Unlike many who are unable to keep step with the times, Gulzar has adapted himself to contemporary cinema, and has written some of the catchiest numbers of recent times including “Kajra re” from Bunty Aur Babli (2005), “Jai ho” from Slumdog Millionaire (2008), and “Ibn-E-Batuta” from Ishqiya (2010). He most recently wrote lyrics for the award winning film Haider (2014) and Talvar (2015).
He is also a prolific writer of fiction and poetry and won the Sahitya Akademi Award for his short story “Dhuan” in 2002. He was also the recipient of the Dadasaheb Phalke Award for his contribution to Indian cinema in 2014.
- Rakhee Gulzar (1973)