Gulzar sahab turns 79: A trip down memory lane

Aug 18, 2013, 15:17 PM IST
Gulzar was born as Sampooran Singh Kalra in Dina, Pakistan in 1934
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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'
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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'
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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
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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
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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
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He was awarded the Oscars jointly with AR Rehman for 'Jai Ho' in 'Slumdog Millionare'. He also won a Grammy for the same