Gulzar honoured with the Dadasaheb Phalke award

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Gulzar, Dada Saheb Phalke Award

Veteran lyricist, poet and film-maker, Gulzar has been chosen for this year’s Dadasaheb Phalke award, the highest honour in Indian Cinema.

A release by the Information & Broad stated that a seven member jury consisting of eminent artists unanimously recommended Gulzar for this prestigious award. The Dadasaheb Phalke award is conferred by the Government of India for outstanding contribution to the growth and development of Indian Cinema. The award comprises a Swarn Kamal, a cash prize of Rs 10 lakhs and a shawl.

Born as Sampooran Singh Kalra in 1934, Gulzar started his career as a lyricist in Bimal Roy’s ‘Bandini’ in 1956. Since then, he has worked with leading music directors of Indian cinema penning some of the evergreen melodies. He has also directed critically acclaimed films like ‘Mere Apne’, ‘Parichay’, ‘Koshish’ and Áandhi’ and also contributed as a script, story and dialogue writer.

Gulzar has also won the Sahitya Akademi Award in 2002, the Padma Bhushan in 2004 along with a number of National Film Awards and 20 Filmfare Awards. He also shared the Academy Award for Best Original Song for “Jai Ho” with A.R. Rahman in 2009 and won a Grammy Award for the same song. His poems and short stories have also been striking chords with the audiences.


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