Gulzar is a man of many talents. He is a renowned poet, lyricist, writer and director and belongs to the elite league of only a few Indian filmmakers whose films seek to arouse the deepest emotions in the viewers. The narrative flow of his films is akin to that of a poetry that in its course examines some of the deepest human sensibilities. He is one of the most noted film makers in Bollywood.
Gulzar as a Film Maker
Gulzar has donned the director`s cap for many films. Mere Apne released in the year 1971 was the first film directed by Gulzar. The plot of this sensitive film was based on Tapan Sinha`s Apanjan (1969). In this movie the character of Chhaya Devi was brought to life by veteran actress, Meena Kumari.
Some of the critically acclaimed films directed by Gulzar are Hu Tu Tu, Maachis, Lekin, Libaas, Ijaazat, Namkeen, Angoor, Meera, Kinara, Kitab, Khushboo, Mausam, Aandhi, Koshish, Parichay, Achanak and Mere Apne.
Flash backs form an integral part of all the films directed by Gulzar as he is of the opinion that the present remains incomplete without a reflection of the past. High quality music and soulful lyrics are other very strong points in all of Gulzar`s films.
Gulzar as a Lyricist
Gulzar has won the Filmfare Best Lyricist Award for several of his works. These include the Filmfare Best Lyricist Award for `Do diwane shahar mein` song from film Gharonda in1977, `Aanewala pal jaane wala hai` song from film Golmaal in 1979, `Hazar rahen mud ke dekhi` song from film Thodi Si Bewafai in 1980, `Tujhse naraaz nahin zindagi` song from film Masoom in 1983, `Mera kuchh saamaan` song from film Ijaazat in 1988, `Yaara sili sili birha ki raat` song from film Lekin in 1991, `Chal Chhaiyya Chhaiyya Chhaiyya` song from film Dil Se in 1998 and for the film Saathiya in the year 2002.
Some other awards received by Gulzar are listed below:
- Filmfare Best Director Award - Mausam - 1976
- National Film Award for Best Lyrics - `Mera Kuchh Saaman` - Ijaazat (1991)
- Padma Bhushan - 2004
- Filmfare Best Lyricist Award - Kajra Re - Bunty aur Babli - 2005
- Filmfare Best Dialogue Award - Anand - 1972
- Filmfare Best Dialogue Award - Namak Haraam - 1973
- Filmfare Best Dialogue Award - Maachis - 1996
- Filmfare Best Dialogue Award - Saathiya - 2002
- Filmfare Best Story Award - Maachis - 1996
- Filmfare Critics Award for Best Movie - Aandhi - 1975
Gulzar has also received the Filmfare Award for Best Documentary for Ustad Amjad Ali Khan.
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