Poet and lyricist Gulzar
Gulzar is a Poet, Lyricist, Writer and director. The India-Pakistan partition caused him to shift to Delhi from his home town which is now in Pakistan. His first break as lyricist came when he wrote Mora Gora Ang Lai Lae for the movie Bandini in 1963. He then began writing for films for directors like Hrishikesh Mukherjee and Asit Sen. Some of the films that Gulzar has written include Anand, Guddi, Khamoshi, Bawarchi and Namak Haram.
Not yet completely satisfied with what he was doing in the film industry, he soon began writing scripts, screenplays and drafted stories for films. Eventually, Gulzar turned filmmaker with Mere Apne in 1971. The 1980s and 1990s saw a decline in Gulzar the filmmaker even though films like Ijaazat, Lekin, and Maachis, did fairly well. His last film was Hu Tu Tu in 1999, which was very unsuccessful. He has also contributed to the popular TV serials Jungle Book and Potli Baba Ki, with songs, narration and some typical Gulzar magic. He has continued to write screenplays, dialogues and lyrics for other films like Masoom and Rudaali. He has also been the lyricist of films like Thodi si Bewafaai, Basera, Sadma, Ghulami, Maya Memsaab, Dil Se, and Satya. His lyrics for the Rakesh Mehta’s movie Aks created the dark and sinister mood of the film.
Gulzar has been honoured time and again for his work. This includes winning the National Award thrice, Best Screenplay for Koshish, Best Director for Mausam and Best Lyricist for Ijaazat. He has also won the Filmfare Award 14 times, including 7 times for Best Lyricist and The Best Director Award for Mausam.
His lyrics are always elegant and sensitive. He is one of those sensitive people whose work is laced with lyrical but psychologically adept examination of human sensibilities.