Director, Poet, Lyricist, Script Writer
|BIRTH DATE: 18 August 1934
|PLACE OF BIRTH: Jhelum
Gulzar is a multifaceted personality; a film maker, poet, lyricist, short story and
script writer - all in one. He was born on 18th August 1936 in Deena, Jhelum
district (now in Pakistan). Even as a child he loved music and wrote poetry.
After partition he left his home town and came to Delhi.
Sampoorna Singh Gulzar began his career in films as a lyricist. He started
working as an assistant to Director Bimal Roy and wrote his first lyrics for
the song 'Mora Gora Ang Layi Le' in Bimal Roy's film 'Bandini'(1963). Later
for 'Kabuliwala', 'Sannata', 'Khamoshi' and many other films giving out all
time hits. Then he turned to script writing and worked for famous directors
like Hrishikesh Mukherjee, Basu Chatterjee, Asit Sen, Buddhadev Dasgupta,
and Kumar Shahani. He wrote stories for around 60 films.
Gulzar turned to direction with the film 'Mere Apne,. He later produced and
directed the films 'Khushboo'(1975), 'Kitaab'(1977), 'Kinara'(1977), 'Meera'(1979)
and 'Namkeen'(1982). Gulzar married the famous actress, Rakhie which later
In his film career spanning three decades, he directed around 17 movies;
'Maachis'(1994) and 'Hu Tu Tu'(1998) being the latest. All his films are superb
in direction, dialogue and performances. He has won many awards; more recent
being the best lyricist Filmfare award for 'Dil-Se'.