Poet-lyricist extraordinaire Gulzar turns 75

Updated: August 18, 2011 08:45 IST

Sampoorna Singh Kalra, popularly known as Gulzar, turns 75 today. Here's a look at the glorious lyricist and filmmaker's famous works.

Gulzar, the legend
Sampoorna Singh Kalra, popularly known as Gulzar, turns 75 today.

He is a prominent Bollywood lyricist, director and poet. In his musical career of more than four decades, the writer has been awarded the Academy Award for Best Original Song (for Jai Ho) and the Padma Bhushan, along with several Filmare and National Film Awards.

Here's a look at the glorious lyricist's works.
Gulzar, the legend
One of the defining songs of the new generation, Dhan Ta Nan, from frequent Gulzar collaborator Vishal Bharadwaj's Kaminey, set the airwaves on fire with its peppy beat, new-age groove and the perfect fusion of Indian melodies with Western vocals.
Gulzar, the legend
Gulzar's Jai Ho from Danny Boyle's Slumdog Millionaire, which won him the Academy Award for Best Original Song, became so popular that it was eventually adopted and remixed by American pop band Pussycat Dolls.

Jai Ho was composed by double-Oscar winner AR Rahman.
Gulzar, the legend
Shah Rukh Khan's production, Billu featured a number of actresses in various item numbers, all of which were Gulzar compositions.

Love mera hit hit, featuring Deepika Padukone opposite Shah Rukh Khan, became a huge hit among music lovers, as was Khudaya khair.
Gulzar, the legend
Subhash Ghai's Yuvvraaj starring Salman Khan, Katrina Kaif and Anil Kapoor failed to click with the audience, but its songs stood upon well among listeners.

Tu hi toh meri dost hai takes a unique approach to love while Tu muskura is a heartfelt plea from a jilted lover.
Gulzar, the legend
Besides Amitabh Bachchan's funky look in Jhoom Barabar Jhoom, the flick stayed in the news with its snazzy soundtrack, featuring entertaining lyrics by Gulzar.
Gulzar, the legend
Barso Re, from the Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and Abhishek Bachchan starrer Guru, became a huge hit amongst music lovers.

AR Rahman once again provided the music while ace director Mani Ratman was at the helm of the film.
Gulzar, the legend
Beedi, from Vishal Bharadwaj's Omkara, continues to rule the discos even today.
Gulzar, the legend
The song Kajra Re from Bunty aur Babli, comprised the whole 'Bachchan parivar' and remained on top of the music charts for several weeks. The song won Gulzar the a Fimfare Award for Best Lyricist.
Gulzar, the legend
O Humdum Suniyo Re, sung by then newcomer Kunal Ganjawala, from Saathiya became a huge hit. The movie's title track also ruled the musical charts for weeks.
Gulzar, the legend
One of the most remowned hits of the 1990s was Chaiya Chaiya, a peppy number from Dil Se which fetched Gulzar another Filmfare Award for Best Lyricist.
Gulzar, the legend
Another hit coming from the Gulzar's pen was Chappa chappa charkha chale from his last directorial venture, Maachis
Gulzar, the legend
The song Lakdi Ki Kaathi, from Masoom, still brings back childhood memories for many.
Gulzar, the legend
Besides being hilarious, the 1979 Hrishikesh Mukherjee hit Gol Maal also featured Aane wala pal sung by Kishore Kumar and composed by R D Burman.

The song is still an all time hit.
Gulzar, the legend
Gulzar was at his best with Kahin door jab din dhal jaye in Anand.
Gulzar, the legend
Musafir Hoon Yaaron sung by Kishore Kumar from Parichay is another all time favourite number of music lovers.
Gulzar, the legend
Bandini was Gulzar's debut movie as a lyricist.

The movie's music was composed by Salil Choudhary and Lata Mangeshkar lent her voice to the famous song Mera gora aang layle picturised on Nutan.

................................ Advertisement ................................

Short videosBy Firework

................................ Advertisement ................................

Listen to the latest songs, only on JioSaavn.com