Gulzar was born as Sampooran Singh Kalra in Dina, Pakistan in 1934
He worked as an assistant to Bimal Roy and penned his first lyrics for the movie 'Bandini' for 'Mora gora ang lai le'
He is known more for his films, but poetry remains his first love. His first poetry collection was 'Ek Boond Chaand'. He has several other collections like 'Raat Pashmine Ki', 'Pukhraaj' etc
Veteran actress Rakhee and Gulzaar are married. Meghna Gulzar, their daughter is a Film Director
Gulzar also penned a lot of songs for popular children TV shows like 'Jungle Book', 'Alice in wonderland', 'Potli Baba Ki' etc
His tribute to the legendary poet Mirza Ghalib on TV was highly appreciated. He worked with Naseeruddin Shah and Jagjit Singh for this project
His most famous association was with music director R. D. Burman. He wrote lyrics for several of his compositions, including 'Parichay', 'Golmaal', 'Aandhi', 'Masoom', and a double album 'Dil Padosi Hai'
Gulzar directed his first film Mere Apne in 1971 after years of experience with various film makers as a dialogue writer
In recent times gulzar has teamed up with music directors Vishal Bharadwaj, Illaiyaraja and A.R. Rehman amongst others
He was awarded the Oscars jointly with AR Rehman for 'Jai Ho' in 'Slumdog Millionare'. He also won a Grammy for the same