New Delhi, Apr 12 UNI | 4 months ago

Noted film maker, lyricist and poet Gulzar has been chosen for the highest cinema honour of the country Dada Saheb Phalke Award for 2013.

Gulzar made his directorial debut in 'Mere Apne' in 1971, and then went on to produce classics like 'Aandhi', 'Parichay' and 'Koshish'.

The 79-year-old poet's memorable hits like Tujhse Naraaz Nahi and Tere Bina Zindagi Se koi Shikwa to Nahin are still a treat for the poetry and music lovers. ''He is the 45th Dada Saheb Phalke Award Winner. The award is given on the basis of recommendations of a Committee of eminent persons set up by the Government for this purpose. This year, a seven-member jury consisting of eminent artists, after due deliberations, unanimously recommended Gulzar for the prestigious award,'' the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting said here today.

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 Roys Bandini. He has worked with leading music directors including Sachin Dev Burman, Salil Chowdhury, Shankar Jaikishan, Hemant Kumar, Laxmikant-Pyarelal, Madan Mohan, Rajesh Roshan, Anu Malik, and Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy. He has had outstanding partnerships with Rahul Dev Burman, A R Rahman and Vishal Bhardwaj. Along with lyrics, he has also contributed to several films as script, story and dialogue writer.

He won the 81st Academy Award for Best Original Song for 'Jai Ho' (shared with AR Rahman), for the film 'Slumdog Millionaire.' In January 2010, the same song won him a Grammy Award in the category of Grammy Award for Best Song Written for a Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media.

Gulzar was awarded 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.

Gulzar has worked on the small screen as well. He created outstanding series like Mirza Ghalib and Tahreer

Munshi Premchand ki. He wrote lyrics for several Doordarshan serials including Hello Zindagi, Potli Baba ki and Jungle Book. The list is long.

His poetry has been published in three compilations: Chand Pukhraaj Ka, Raat Pashminey Ki and Pandrah Paanch Pachattar (15-05-75). His short stories are published in Raavi Paar (also known as Dustkhat in Pakistan) and Dhuan (smoke). He is also credited with having created a new type of stanza in Urdu poetry named Triveni (stanza of 3 lines ).

''Gulzars contribution to mainstream cinema is well recognised, assuring him a place in the annals of Indian cinema,'' the Ministry said.

Secretary, Ministry of Information and Broadcasting Bimal Julka has congratulated Gulzar for getting the prestigious award.

(Posted on 12-04-2014)