Dadasaheb Phalke for Gulzar

thanks to TonyMontana..

NEW DELHI: Veteran poet and film lyricist Gulzar has been chosen for the coveted Dadasaheb Phalke Award for 2013, the ministry of information and broadcasting announced here on Saturday.

The multi-faceted Gulzar, whose real name is Sampooran Singh Kalra, is a lyricist, director, screen writer, producer and poet. He is the 45th winner of the Dadasaheb Phalke Award.

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

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

Born in 1934 in Punjab in pre-independence India, Gulzar started his career in 1956. As a lyricist, he got his first break in Bimal Roy’s “Bandini”. He then worked with leading composers like Sachin Dev Burman, Salil Chowdhury, Shankar-Jaikishan, Hemant Kumar, Laxmikant-Pyarelal, Madan Mohan, Rajesh Roshan, Anu Malik and the new age Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy.

Gulzar’s daughter Meghna took to Twitter, immediately after the news was announced, to share her joy.

“Dadasaheb Phalke award for my father. So proud,” she posted.

Gulzar has even had successful partnerships with Rahul Dev Burman, A R Rahman and Vishal Bhardwaj.

His has contributed to several films as script, story and dialogue writer. His directorials are “Mere Apne”, “Koshish”, “Aandhi”, “Kinara”, “Khushboo”, “Angoor”, “Libaas”, “Meera”, “Lekin” and “Maachis”.

Gulzar’s small screen stint included creating the series like “Mirza Ghalib” and “Tahreer Munshi Premchand Ki”. He wrote lyrics for Doordarshan serials “Hello Zindagi”, “Potli Baba Ki” and “Jungle Book”.

The 79-year-old was conferred the Sahitya Akademi Award in 2002 and the Padma Bhushan in 2004 . He has won a number of National Film Awards and 20 Filmfare Awards.

At the 81st Oscars in 2009, he won the Academy Award for best original song for “Jai ho” with A R Rahman.

His poetry has been published in three compilations: “Chand Pukhraaj Ka”, “Raat Pashminey Ki” and “Pandrah Paanch Pachattar”. His short stories are published in “Raavi Paar” and “Dhuan”.


9 Responses to “Dadasaheb Phalke for Gulzar”

  1. He richly deserves this award.


  2. Very happy for Gulzar – my favourite poet and also my favourite living director. So many great songs and movies.


  3. Gulzar is also least controversial. Liked by all.


  4. tonymontana Says:

    As a director he has always been underrated. But also probably because his gift with the words has overshadowed anything else he has ever done.


  5. Very Happy. Well deserved.


  6. Superb-
    Literally an entire generation has grown up on your words… those who sang ‘Lakdi Ki Kathi’ now sing ‘Tujhse Naaraz Nahin Zindagi’. Do you feel the power you wield over so many people?

    I think I have learnt with my work too. When you are choosing your own way, you end up leaving signposts and, in that process, others can learn too. But there has never been a guarantee that I’m always on the right path, sometimes if I go wrong then I go wrong. There are a hundred masters you learn from. Kuch kissi se seekhte hain aur kuch kissi aur se (you learn different things from different people). It’s like Munshi Premchand’s short story Idgah. I read it when I was a child and there was this imagery of Hamid’s dadi’s hands getting burnt as she made rotis. My mother used to make rotis in the tandoor and she also had marks on her arm. When I read the story to my father, he got tears in his eyes and he said, “Jao maa ko sunao (read it to your mother)”. She also was touched. I realized that one story touched all three of us.


  7. Fantastic read ! Never knew such simple stories inspired him too.

    “It’s like Munshi Premchand’s short story Idgah. I read it when I was a child and there was this imagery of Hamid’s dadi’s hands getting burnt as she made rotis.”

    I remember being so attached to Munshi Premchand’s stories and this one was one of the most cherished one esp the part where the story ends when Hamid gifts the chimta to his Dadi. At first she is shocked and annoyed by his stupidity that instead of eating anything or buying any toy at the fair, he has purchased a chimta. But then Hamid reminds her of how she burns her fingers daily, while making rotis. She bursts into tears at this and blesses him for his kindness.

    The best thing in reading Gulzar saab’s interview is that it seems like a video interview and he is talking one on one in person.


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