Birthday: 18-08-1934
Age: 84
Star sign: Virgo

Gulzar is the pen name of the author, poet and popular lyricist Sampooran Singh Karla. He was born on the 18th of August in 1934 in Dina, Jhelum district of British India to parents Makhan Singh Karla and Sujan Kaur. His career kicked off under the directors Bimal Roy and Hrishikesh Mukherjee. His songwriting career began with the movie Bandini, released 1963, for the tunes composed by music director Sachin Dev Burman. From then on, he went on to write the lyrics for many memorable songs of the Bollywood industry. He worked with magnanimous music directors like R. D. Burman, S. D. Burman, A. R. Rahman, Lakshmikant-Pyarelal, Madan Mohan, Rajesh Roshan and Anu Malik to name a few. The work of the trio Maniratnam, A. R .Rahman and Gulzar is much remembered in the industry. He has also given dialogues and screenplay for movies like Anand, Khamoshi, Saathiya, etc., He even tried his hand as a director through the years 1971 to 1999 during which he directed more than 20 films.

The first movie which kick-started his directing career was the popular movie Mere Apne released in the year 1971. He also directed other popular movies like Parichay, Achanak, and his film Mausam won much critical acclaim and also fetched him a Filmfare for Best Direction. He also directed the Television series Mirza Ghalib, starring the popular theater and film actor Naseeruddin Shah, and also the show Tahreer Munshi Premchand Ki based on the novels of Hindi author Premchand. He is also a much-acclaimed poet in the languages of Hindi, Urdu and Punjabi apart from Braj Bhasha, Khariboli, Haryanvi, and Marwari. His poems have been compiled and published in three volumes: Chand Pukhraaj Ka, Raat Pashminey Ki- his collection of poems with vivid and unusual imagery- and Pandrah Paanch Patthar. His other literary works include the collections of short stories Raavi-Paar and Dhuan. Gulzar’s name has been crowned with many awards and titles. He was awarded one of the Nation’s most prestigious titles – The Padma Bhushan. He was also awarded the Sahitya Akademi Award and The Dadsaheb Phalke Award, which is considered as the highest award in the Indian Film Industry.

He added feathers to his cap through several National Awards and about 20 Filmfares. He also won the Academy Award for the Best Original Song at the 81st OSCARs and a Grammy Award for his song “ Jai Ho” in collaboration with A. R. Rahman. Gulzar married the actress Rakhee in the year 1973. They have a daughter, Meghna Gulzar. The couple separated a year after their daughter was born but they were never divorced. She grew up with her father and then went on to become a director in the Film Industry. Whether it be the beautiful lyrics of songs like “Tere Bina Zindagi Se Koi” or the heart touching dialogues of the movie “Anand”, Gulzar has a way of tapping our heart strings. Many authors have paid their respects to this 81 year old amazing author and lyricist and honoured him with biographies like “Company of a Poet: Gulzar in conversation with Nasreen Munni Kabir” written by journalist Nasreen Munni Kabir , “ Echoes and Eloquences: The Life and Cinema of Gulzar” authored by Saibal Chatterjee and “Because He Is..” , which was authored by his own daughter.

Irshad Kamil

Irshad Kamil is an Indian lyricist and poet who came to prominence with his work in Bollywood movies. He was born in Punjab as a Punjabi Muslim on 5 September 1971. After completing his Diploma in Journalism from Punjab University, he also completed a Ph.D. in contemporary Hindi poetry and a Post Graduation in Hindi language; he chose journalism as his career and joined a newspaper ‘Tribune’ in Chandigarh and covered entertainment and educational news. During this period, he also interviewed actors like Pooja Bhatt and Manoj Bajpayee. He then worked even in a Hindi newspaper and was involved in desk jobs. However, right from childhood, he had a unique sense to understand his life’s decisions and knew well how he has to choose his career. Soon, he left his journalism job and then did his Ph.D. and was given the offer to teach. But his refusal to become a teacher proved a turning point in his life. He met producer and director Lekh Tandon, who came to Chandigarh to shoot for TV and was looking for a writer. On Tandon’s advice, he came to Mumbai and started writing for TV. Dissatisfied with his career in TV again, he left behind his journey as a writer and was a lookout for a job as a lyricist in the film industry.  Since his childhood, Irshad had a dream to become a lyricist. He met music director of film ‘Socha Na Tha’ and through him met Imtiaz Ali. Though Irshad’s first assignment was for ‘Socha Na Tha’  his first film to be released was Sudhir Mishra's ‘Chameli’.  Then he worked for films like ‘Jab We Met’, ‘A Wednesday’, ‘Love Aaj Kal’. ‘De Dana Dan,' ’Khatta Meetha,'’ Anjaana Anjaani’, etc. Irshad had to struggle a lot till 2007 and but after he had received his first Filmfare award for his lyrics ‘Ajj Din Chadheya’  for the movie ‘ Love Aaj Kal’, he had never looked back.   A. R. Rahman, Irshad Kamil, and Imtiaz Ali have given exceptionally good music in their past films like ‘Rockstar’ and ‘Highway’. Their recent release is ‘Tamasha’ starring Deepika Padukone and Ranbir Kapoor. Lyricist Irshad always felt that the film ‘Tamasha’ had given him the maximum freedom to write lyrics. The composer Rahman has given his own voice for the song ‘Tu Koi Aur Hai’ and there is also a song ‘Chali Kahani’ by Sukhwinder.  Subash Ghai while making the film ‘Kanchi’ showered praise on Irshad. Ghai had announced that he had recorded four songs by Ismail Darbar and Salim-Sulaiman on the lyrics of Irshad Kamil, and it will turn out to be a blockbuster music album.  The film was not a hit, but the lyrics and the songs were in lips of everyone.  Irshad Kamil also has written lyrics for blockbuster films like ‘Raanjhanaa’ (Tohe Piya Milenge), ‘Gunday’(Aaj Dil Shayrana), ‘Jab We Met’ (Surmayi Shaam Aati Hai ) etc. His songs are a beautiful blend or romance and spirituality.  He was also a lyricist for ‘Prem Ratan Dhan Payo’ and ‘Guddu Rangeela’. He is married to Tasveer.

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