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Gulzar (I)

Gulzar is a writer, a lyricist, a director and, at heart, a poet. His films, sensitive, lyrical, and yet successful, were a welcome relief from the violent films that filled the 1970s and 1980s. Born Sampooran Singh Kalra in Deena, in the Jhelum District in what is now Pakistan, he came to Delhi after the partition during independence as a poet. He... See full bio »

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Won 1 Oscar. Another 39 wins & 39 nominations. See more awards »

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 2020 Pashmeena (lyrics) (pre-production)
 2020 Chhapaak (lyricist)
 2019 The Sky Is Pink (Lyrics) / (lyricist)
 2018 Bioscopewala (lyricist)
 2018 Kishore Kumar Junior (lyricist)
 2018 Firecracker (lyricist)
 2018 Soorma (lyricist)
 2018 Raazi (lyricist)
 2018 Aami (lyricist)
 2017 Arijit Singh: Enna Sona (Video short) (lyricist)
 2017/II Rangoon (lyricist)
 2017 OK Jaanu (lyricist)
 2016 Hell O Hello (Short) (lyrics)
 2016 Mirza's Lady (lyricist)
 2015 Mohalla Assi (lyricist)
 2015 Departure Lounge - A Bollywood Affair (Short) (lyricist)
 2015 Talvar (lyricist)
 2015 Drishyam (lyricist)
 2014 Kill Dil (lyricist)
 2014 Haider (lyricist)
 2014 Kya Dilli Kya Lahore (lyricist)
 2014 Dedh Ishqiya (lyricist)
 2013 Prague (guest lyricist)
 2013 Ek Thi Daayan (lyricist)
 2013 Matru's Bijlee's Mandola (lyricist)
 2012 Jab Tak Hai Jaan (lyrics)
 2011 Chala Mussaddi - Office Office (lyricist)
 2011 Noukadubi (lyricist)
 2011 Teen Thay Bhai (lyricist)
 2011 Seven Sins Forgiven (lyrics)
 2010 Dus Tola (lyricist)
 2010 Raavan (lyricist)
 2010 Striker (lyricist)
 2010 Ishqiya (lyricist)
 2010 Brave (lyricist)
 2009 Scoundrel (lyricist)
 2009 Billu (lyricist)
 2008 Prince (lyrics)
 2008 Firaaq (lyricist)
 2008 Slumdog Millionaire (lyricist)
 2007 Chaurahen (lyricist)
 2007 Keep Dancing (lyricist)
 2007 Just Married (lyricist)
 2007 Guru (lyricist)
 2006 Sweetheart (lyricist)
 2006 Omkara (lyricist)
 2005 The Blue Umbrella (lyricist)
 2005 ...Yahaan (lyricist)
 2005 Riddle (lyricist)
 2005 Bunty Aur Babli (lyricist)
 2003 Pinjar (lyricist)
 2003 Maqbool (lyricist)
 2002 Saathiya (lyricist)
 2002 Leela (lyricist)
 2002 Mitr: My Friend (lyricist)
 2002 Momentary (lyricist)
 2001 Reflection (lyricist)
 2000 Fiza (lyricist)
 2000 Aasmani Rang (Short) (reciting poetry)
 2000 Shaam Se Aankh Mein Nami Si Hai (Short) (lyricist)
 1999 Rockford (lyricist)
 1999 Hu Tu Tu (lyricist)
 1998 Dil Se.. (lyrics)
 1998 Satya (lyricist)
 1997 Chachi 420 (lyricist)
 1996 Maachis (lyricist)
 1996 The Square Circle (lyricist)
 1994 Mammo (lyricist)
 1993 Maya (lyricist)
 1993 Rudaali (lyricist)
 1993 Shikast (TV Series) (lyrics)
 1990 Lekin... (lyricist)
 1988 Libaas (lyricist)
 1987 Permission (lyricist)
 1986 Ek Pal (lyricist)
 1986 Musafir (lyricist)
 1985/I Slavery (lyricist)
 1984 Tarang (lyricist)
 1984 Hip Hip Hurray (lyricist)
 1983 Manju (lyricist)
 1983 Masoom (lyricist)
 1983 Sadma (lyricist)
 1982 Namkeen (lyricist)
 1982 Sitam (lyricist)
 1982 Angoor (lyricist)
 1981 Bharosa (lyricist)
 1981 Baseraa (lyricist)
 1981 Naram Garam (lyricist)
 1980 Swayamvar (lyricist)
 1980 Gehrayee (lyricist)
 1980 Sitara (lyricist)
 1980 Thodisi Bewafaii (lyrics)
 1980 Kashish (lyricist)
 1980 Khubsoorat (lyricist)
 1979 Griha Pravesh (lyricist)
 1979 Meera (lyricist)
 1979 Gol Maal (lyricist)
 1978 Khatta Meetha (lyricist)
 1978 Devata (lyricist)
 1978 Ghar (lyricist)
 1977 Gharaonda (lyricist)
 1977 Jallian Wala Bagh (lyricist)
 1977 Kinara (lyricist)
 1977 Kitaab (lyricist)
 1977 Palkon Ki Chhaon Mein (lyricist)
 1976 Shaque (lyricist)
 1975 Mausam (lyricist)
 1975 Khushboo (lyricist)
 1975 Aandhi (lyricist)
 1974 Jeevan Sangram (lyricist)
 1974 Doosri Sita (lyricist)
 1972 Koshish (lyricist)
 1972 Parichay (lyricist)
 1971 Mere Apne (lyricist)
 1971/I Seema (lyricist)
 1971 Anubhav (lyricist)
 1971 Anand (lyricist)
 1971 Guddi (lyricist)
 1970 Bilambita Lay (lyricist)
 1970 Khamoshi (lyricist)
 1969 Oos Raat Ke Baad (lyricist)
 1968 Aashirwad (lyricist)
 1968 Do Dooni Char (lyricist)
 1966 Biwi Aur Makan (lyricist)
 1966 Pinjre Ke Panchhi (lyricist)
 1966 Sannata (lyricist)
 1965 Purnima (lyricist)
 1963 Bandini (lyricist)
 1962 Prem Patra (lyricist)
 1960 Shriman Satyawadi (lyricist - as Gulzar Deenvi)
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Personal Details

Alternate Names:

Gulzar Bhai | Gulzar Deenvi | Sampooran Singh Kalra | Gulzar Saab

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My regret in life is I never directed Rajesh Khanna in any of my movies. There were 3 projects for which I wanted him to star but eventually Sanjeev Kumar did them. The only satisfaction is that I wrote dialogs for his films - Khamoshi, Anand, Mehboob Ki Mehndi, Andaz,Bawarchi and wrote screenplay for Namak Haraam and wrote the story for Palkon Ki Chhaon Mein. All of them were critically ... See more »


Though an Urdu writer, there was a strong influence of Bengali literature in his work. See more »


Always uses a flashback technique in his films, due to his belief that the present is never complete until the past is reflected upon.

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