Sampooran Singh Kalra ‘Gulzar’ was born on August 18, 1936 to Makhan Singh Kalra and Sujan Kaur in Dina, district Jhelum, Pakistan. He was inclined towards literature and poetry right from his school days. He was also deeply engrossed in music when he started going to college, and would regularly attend concerts of artists like Ravi Shankar and Ali Akbar Khan.

After partition in 1947 his family moved to Amritsar but Gulzar came to Bombay. In his early days he worked in a garage and kept on writing poetry in his spare time. He started his carrier in film industry as an assistant to Bimal Roy, Hrishikesh Mukherjee and Hemant Kumar. He wrote his first song 'Mora Gora Ang Lai Le' for Bimal Roy´s film ‘Bandini’. Films like ‘Sannata’, ‘Biwi aur Makan’, ‘Do Dooni Chaar’ and most notable of all ‘Khamoshi’, followed them. He then began writing for films for directors like Hrishikesh Mukherjee and Asit Sen. Some of the films that Gulzar has written include ‘Anand’ (1970), ‘Guddi’ (1971), ‘Bawarchi’ (1972) and ‘Namak Haram’ (1973) for Hrishikesh Mukherjee and ‘Do Dooni Chaar’ (1968), ‘Khamoshi’ (1969) and ‘Safar’ (1970) for Asit Sen.

With ‘Mere Apne’ in 1971, he took the role of a filmmaker. Gulzar went on to make ‘Parichay’ (1972) and ‘Koshish’ (1972), a sensitive look at the travails of a deaf - dumb couple superbly played by Sanjeev Kumar and Jaya Bhaduri. The Gulzar - Sanjeev Kumar partnership resulted in such fine films as ‘Aandhi’ (1975), ‘Mausam’ (1975), ‘Angoor’ (1981) and ‘Namkeen’ (1982) and represent Sanjeev Kumar's finest work as an actor. With his sensitive yet successful films, stars like Jeetendra (‘Parichay’, ‘Khushboo’ (1975), ‘Kinara’ (1977), Vinod Khanna: ‘Achanak’ (1973), ‘Meera’ (1979) and ‘Lekin’ (1990) and Hema Malini: ‘Khushboo’ (1975), ‘Kinara’ (1977), ‘Meera (1979) worked with Gulzar to gain respectability as artists and it must be said that some of their best and most introspective work has come in these films. In a career spanning 40 years Gulzar has written stories for around 60 films and directed 17 movies, each one a masterpiece.

During 1980's he did one of the most outstanding jobs for the small screen, the serial called ‘Mirza Ghalib’, a tribute to the legendary poet, ‘Mirza Ghalib’ will remain one of the most memorable TV productions for its music, direction, dialogues and portrayal of ‘Ghalib’ by Naseeruddin Shah. He had even waived his own fees to try and maintain the budget for this serial. The period 1971 to 1986 found him relatively prolific, and it was only toward the close of the 1980s that he stepped back a little and kept largely out of the limelight. In 1996 Gulzar was back in action, behind the camera for the making of Maachis, a candor document on terrorism in Punjab. The success of ‘Maachis’ got Gulzar back to the film industry.

Gulzar has also involved himself in many projects that cater to a younger audience. On the small screen, he has contributed to the popular TV serials ‘Jungle Book’ and ‘Potli Baba Ki’, with songs, narration and some typical Gulzar magic.

He was associated with the Progressive Writers' Association in Delhi. Though an Urdu writer, there was a strong influence of Bengali literature in his work.

Gulzar is married to actress Raakhi. They have a daughter, Meghna Gulzar, who is a film director. Gulzar and Raakhi separated when Meghna was one year old. Meghna penned a biography of Gulzar titled ‘Because He Is.’


Gulzar has won 5 National Awards- Best Screenplay for Koshish, Best Director for Mausam and Best Lyricist for Ijaazat. and 17 Filmfare Trophies. He has been awarded the Sahitya Academy Award for his collection of short stories ‘Dhuaan’. Noted celluloid magazine Filmfare has honored him with a Lifetime Achievement Award for his contribution to Hindi Cinema. Gulzar is also the author of books on poetry, a book of short stories and a dozen books for children. A story book for children Ekta received an award from the National Council for Education Research and Training (NCERT) in 1989.

Government of India has conferred Gulzar with the National Honour of “Padma Bhushan”.

Gulzar has won the Oscar for Best Song with Music Director AR Rahman for the song ‘Jai Ho!’ (Slumdog Millionaire). After Oscars Gulzar has now won the Grammy award with AR Rahman for Jai Ho (Best Song Written for a film).




1. Jab Tak Hai Jaan (2012) (filming) (lyrics)

2. Kya Dilli Kya Lahore (2012) (post-production) (lyricist)

3. Chala Mussaddi - Office Office (2011) (lyricist)

4. Kashmakash (2011/I) (lyricist)

5. Raavan (2010) (lyricist)

6. Striker (2010) (lyricist)

7. Ishqiya (2010) (lyricist)

8. Veer (2010) (lyricist)

9. Kaminey (2009) (lyricist)

10. Billu (2009) (lyricist)

11. Yuvvraaj (2008) (lyrics)

12. Slumdog Millionaire (2008) (lyricist)

13. Chaurahen (2007) (lyricist)

14. Jhoom Barabar Jhoom (2007) (lyricist)

15. Just Married (2007) (lyricist)

16. Guru (2007) (lyricist)

17. Jaan-E-Mann (2006) (lyricist)

18. Omkara (2006) (lyricist)

19. The Blue Umbrella (2005) (lyricist)

20. Yahaan (2005) (lyricist)

21. Paheli (2005) (lyricist)

22. Bunty Aur Babli (2005) (lyricist)

23. Maqbool (2003) (lyricist)

24. Saathiya (2002) (lyricist)

25. The Web of the Witch (2002) (lyricist)

26. Mitr: My Friend (2002) (lyricist)

27. Filhaal... (2002) (lyricist)

28. Aks (2001) (lyricist)

29. Fiza (2000) (lyricist)

30. Dil Se.. (1998) (lyrics)

31. Chachi 420 (1997) (lyricist)

32. Maachis (1996) (lyricist)

33. Mammo (1994) (lyricist)

34. Maya (1993) (lyricist)

35. Lekin... (1990) (lyricist)

36. Libaas (1988) (lyricist)

37. Ijaazat (1987) (lyricist)

38. Masoom (1983) (lyricist)

39. Angoor (1982) (lyricist)

40. Namkeen (1982) (lyricist)

41. Khatta Meetha (1981) (lyricist)

42. Naram Garam (1981) (lyricist)

43. Bharosa (1981) (lyricist)

44. Sitara (1980) (lyricist)

45. Thodi Si Bewafaii (1980) (lyrics)

46. Gol Maal (1979) (lyricist)

47. Ghar (1978) (lyricist)

48. Gharaonda (1977) (lyricist)

49. Mausam (1975) (lyricist)

50. Khushboo (1975) (lyricist)

51. Aandhi (1975) (lyricist)

52. Parichay (1972) (lyricist)

53. Koshish (1972) (lyricist)

54. Anubhav (1971) (lyricist)

55. Anand (1971) (lyricist)

56. Guddi (1971) (lyricist)

57. Bilambita Lay (1970) (lyricist)

58. Khamoshi (1969) (lyricist)

59. Do Dooni Char (1968) (lyricist)

60. Bandini (1963) (lyricist)

61. Shriman Satyawadi (1960) (lyricist) (as Gulzar Deenvi)


1. 7 Khoon Maaf (2011) (writer: "Awaara", "Bekaraan", "Darling", "Dil Dil Hai", "Doosri Darling", "Tere Liye", "Yeshu")

2. "So You Think You Can Dance" (1 episode, 2010)

- Top 10 Perform (2010) TV episode (writer: "Marjaani Marjaani Kasama")

3. Raavan (2010) (lyrics: "Beera Beera, Beera Ke Sau Maathey", "Behne De", "Kata Kata", "Khilli Re Khilli", "Madhuban Chor", "Ranjha Ranjha", "Thok De Killi", "Jaare Ud Jaare")

4. Raajneeti (2010) (writer: "Dhan Dhan Dharti", "Dhan Dhan Dharti - Reprise")

5. Striker (2010) (writer: "Yun Hua")

6. Ishqiya (2010) (lyrics: "Badi Dheere Jali", "Ab Mujhey Koi", "Dil Toh Bacha Hai Jee", "Ibn E Batuta")

7. Veer (2010) (lyrics: "Pavan Udhave Batiyan", "Surili Akhiyonwale", "Dabhi Dabhi Sanson Mein Suna Hai Mera Naam", "Meharbaniyan, Oh Badi Meharbaniya")

8. Kaminey: The Scoundrels (2009) (writer: "Dhan Te Nan", "Kaminey", "Pehli Baar Mohabbat", "Raat Ke Dhai Baje", "Fatak", "Raat Ke Dhai Baje - Remix", "Dhan Te Nan - Remix")

9. "Dancing with the Stars" (1 episode, 2009)

- Episode #9.4 (2009) TV episode (lyrics: "Jai Ho" (uncredited))

10. The 81st Annual Academy Awards (2009) (TV) (lyrics: "Jai Ho")

11. Billu (2009) (writer: "Billoo Bhayankar", "Khudaya Khair", "Khudaya Khair - Reprise", "Marjaani", "Marjaani - Electro House", "Marjaani - Balkan Mix")

12. "India - A Love Story" (1 episode, 2009)

TV episode (writer: "Beedi")

13. Yuvvraaj (2008) (writer: "Main Hoon Yuvvraaj", "Tu Meri Dost Hai", "Shano Shano", "Tu Muskura", "Mastam Mastam", "Zindagi", "Dil Ka Rishta", "Manmohini Morey", "Shano - Remix")

14. Slumdog Millionaire (2008) (lyrics: "Jai Ho")

15. Bachna Ae Haseeno (2008) (writer: "JBJ")

16. No Smoking (2007) (writer: "Ash Tray", "Jab Bhi Cigarette", "Jab Bhi Cigarette - Jazz", "Kash Laga", "Phoonk De", "Phoonk De - Club Mix")

17. Jhoom Barabar Jhoom (2007) (writer: "Jhoom Barabar Jhoom", "Jhoom", "Jhoom Barabar Jhoom - II", "Ticket to Hollywood", "Kiss of Love", "Bol Na Halke Halke") (as Sampooran Singh Gulzar)

18. Just Married: Marriage Was Only the Beginning! (2007) (writer: "kaisi kaisi raam milaye jodi", "gudgudi", "baat pakki", "Doha", "Jaagte raho")

19. Guru (2007) (lyrics: "Barso Re", "Ay Hairathe", "Jaage Rahe", "Ek Lo Ek Muft", "Maiyya Maiyya", "Tere Bin", "Baazi Laga", "Shauk Hai", "Dhoom Dhamaka") (as Sampooran Singh Gulzar)

20. Jaan-E-Mann: Let's Fall in Love... Again (2006) (writer: "Ajnabi Shehar", "Hum Ko Maaloom Hain", "Hum Ko Maaloom Hain - II", "Jaane Ke Jaane Na", "Jaane Ke Jaane Na - Remix", "Kubool Kar Le", "Sau Dard", "Sau Dard - Remix", "Udh Jaana ..BRO", "Udh Jaana ..BRO - Remix")

21. Omkara (2006) (writer: "Omkara", "O Saathi Re", "Beedi", "Jag Ja", "Namak", "Naina", "Laakad")

22. Inside Man (2006) (writer: "Chaiyya Chaiyya - Bollywood Joint", "Chaiyya Chaiyya")

23. ...Yahaan (2005) (writer: "Naam Adaa Likhna", "Urzu Urzu Durkut", "Mele Chaliyan", "Mele Chaliyan - Remix", "Naam Adaa Likhna - Remix")

24. 7 1/2 Phere: More Than a Wedding (2005) (writer: "Jiya Jale", "Dil Se Re")

25. Paheli (2005) (writer: "Dhire Jalna", "Kangana Re", "Khaali Hai Tere Bina", "Phir Raat Kati", "Minnat Kare", "Laaga Re Jal Laaga", "Phir Raat Kati - Remix") (as Sampooran Singh Gulzar)

26. Bunty Aur Babli (2005) (writer: "Dhadak Dhadak", "Chup Chup Ke", "Nach Baliye", "Bunty Aur Babli", "Kajra Re") (as Sampooran Singh Gulzar)

27. Saathiya (2002) (writer: "Saathiya", "Aye Udi Udi", "Chhalka Chhalka Re", "Chupke Se", "Mera Yaar Mila De", "O Humdum Soniyo Re", "Naina Milaike", "Mangalyam", "Chori Pe Chori") (as Sampooran Singh Gulzar)

28. Dil Vil Pyar Vyar (2002) (writer: "Tere Bina Zindagi Se")

29. Mitr: My Friend (2002) (lyrics: "Sirf Ehsaas Ke Tum Pas Ho")

30. Filhaal... (2002) (writer: "Dil Ke Sannate", "Filhaal", "Kyun Baar Baar", "Le Chalen Doliyon Mein", "Naya Naya", "Sola Singaar Karke", "Waqt Ka Saaya")

31. Ashoka the Great (2001) (writer: "Raat Ka Nasha", "O Re Kanchi", "Roshni Se", "Aa Tayar Ho Hoja", "Raat Ka Nasha - II")

32. Fiza (2000) (writer: "Aaja Mahiya", "Tu Fiza Hai", "Na Leke Jao") (as Sampooran Singh Gulzar)

33. Dil Se.. (1998) (lyrics: "Chal Chaiyya Chaiyya", "Thaiyya Thaiyya", "Jiya Jale, Jaan Chale", "Dil Se Re", "E Ajnabi", "Satrangi Re") (as Sampooran Singh Gulzar)

34. Chachi 420 (1997) (writer: "Bhaaga Sa", "Chupdi Chupdi Chachi", "Ek Woh Din", "Gare Dore", "Jago Gori", "Jago Gori (Chachi's Voice)")

35. Maachis (1996) (lyrics: "Chhoddh Aaye Hum", "Tum Gaye", "Yaad Na Aaye", "Aey Hawaa", "Pani Pani Re", "Tum Gaye (m)", "Bhej Kahaar", "Chappa Chappa Charkha Chale") (as Sampooran Singh Gulzar)

36. Maya (1993) (lyrics: "Ek Haseen Nigah Ka (F)", "Khud Se Baatein", "Ye Shahar Bada", "O Dil Banjare", "Ek Haseen Nigah Ka (M)", "Mere Sarhane Jalao Sapne", "Chayya Jagi") (as Sampooran Singh Gulzar)

37. Lekin... (1990) (writer: "Yaara Sili Sili Biraha Ki Raat Ka Jalna") (as Sampooran Singh Gulzar)

38. Mirza Ghalib (1988) (TV) (performer: "Ibteda") (as Sampooran Singh Gulzar)

39. Khatta Meetha (1981) (writer: "Thoda Hai Thode Ki Jaroorat Hai", "Tumse Mila Tha Pyar Kuch Achhe Naseeb The Ham Un Dino Ameer The", "Ye Jeena Hai Angur Ka Dana Kuch Khatta Hai Kuch Meetha Hai")

40. Naram Garam (1981) (lyrics: "Naram Naram Raat Mein, Garam Garam Chand Par", "Ik Baat Suni Hai Chachaji Batlanewali Hai", "Mere Chehere Mein Chhupa Hai Meri Maa Ka Chehera", "Hamein Raaston Ki Jaroorat Nahin Hai", "Mere Angana Aaye Re Ghanshyam", "Kaisan Shaadi Rachai Ho Hamri Behaniya")

41. Bharosa (1981) (lyrics: "Kaise Dekhoon Meri Aankhon Ke Bahut Paas Ho Tum")

42. Khubsoorat (1980) (lyrics: "Sun Sun Sun Didi Tere Liye Ek Rishta Aaya Hai", "Kayda Kayda (Kaayada Kaayada)", "Piya Banwari", "Sa(a)re Niyam Tod Do") (as Sampooran Singh Gulzar)

43. Ratnadeep (1979) (writer: "aisa ho to kaisa hogaa", "kabhi kabhi sapanaa lagataa hai", "ho saajan aaye ho", "man bahak rahaa hai baar baar")

44. Devata (1978) (lyrics: "Chand Churake Laya Hoon", "Gulmahor Gar Tumhara Naam Hota")

45. Palkon Ki Chhaon Mein (1977) (writer: "ghunghta gira hai zara ghunghta utha de")

46. Shaque (1976) (lyrics: "Haath Choda Kar Door Chala Hai")

47. Doosri Sita (1974) (lyrics: "Tu Jahan Mile Mujhe")

48. Parichay (1972) (lyrics: "Beeti Na Bitai Raina") (as Sampooran Singh Gulzar)

49. Koshish (1972) (lyrics: "Soja Baba Mere", "Humse Hai Watan Hamara")

50. Anand (1971) (lyrics: "Maine tere liye hi saat rang ke sapne", "Na jiya laage na") (as Sampooran Singh Gulzar)

51. Khamoshi (1969) (lyrics: "Tum Pukar Lo, Tumhara Intezar Hai", "Woh Shaam Kuch Ajeeb Thi", "Hum ne dekhi hai un Ankhon ki mehekti khushboo") (as Sampooran Singh Gulzar)

52. Do Dooni Char (1968) (writer: "Hawaon pe Likh Do Hawaon Ke Naam")


1. Kashmakash (2011/I) (lyrics)

2. 7 Khoon Maaf (2011) (lyrics)

3. Dus Kahaniyaan (2007) (screenplay and dialogue) (segment "Gubbare")

4. Dumkata (2007) (lyrics)

5. Saathiya (2002) (dialogue)

6. Hu Tu Tu (1999) (written by)

7. Chachi 420 (1997) (dialogue)

8. Maachis (1996) (written by)

9. Rudaali (1993) (dialogue) (script)

10. Lekin... (1990) (screenplay and dialogue)

11. Mirza Ghalib (1988) (TV)

12. Ijaazat (1987) (screenplay and dialogue)

13. Zevar (1987) (dialogue) (screenplay)

14. Ek Pal (1986) (dialogue) (screenplay)

15. New Delhi Times (1986)

16. Masoom (1983) (screenplay and dialogue)

17. Sadma (1983) (dialogue)

18. Angoor (1982) (dialogue) (screenplay)

19. Namkeen (1982) (dialogue) (written by)

20. Baseraa (1981) (dialogue) (screenplay)

21. Khubsoorat (1980) (dialogue)

22. Griha Pravesh (1979) (dialogue) (script)

23. Meera (1979) (dialogue) (screenplay)

24. Devata (1978) (written by)

25. Kitaab (1977)

26. Palkon Ki Chhaon Mein (1977) (written by)

27. Jallian Wala Bagh (1977) (dialogue) (screenplay)

28. Mausam (1975) (dialogue) (screenplay)

29. Faraar (1975) (written by)

30. Khushboo (1975) (dialogue) (screenplay)

31. Aandhi (1975) (screenplay and dialogue)

32. Chupke Chupke (1975) (dialogue) (screenplay)

33. Munni (1975) (dialogue)

34. Namak Haraam (1973) (dialogue) (screenplay)

35. Achanak (1973) (written by)

36. Parichay (1972) (screenplay)

37. Bawarchi (1972) (dialogue)

38. Haar Jeet (1972) (dialogue) (screenplay)

39. Koshish (1972)

40. Anand (1971) (dialogue) (screenplay)

41. Guddi (1971) (screenplay) (story and dialogue)

42. Mehboob Ki Mehndi (1971) (dialogue)

43. Mere Apne (1971) (written by)

44. Khamoshi (1969) (dialogue)

45. Aashirwad (1968) (dialogue)

46. Sunghursh (1968) (dialogue)

47. Shagird (1967) (dialogue)

48. Lal Patthar (1964) (lyrics)


1. Hu Tu Tu (1999)

2. Maachis (1996)

3. Pandit Bhimsen Joshi (1992)

4. Lekin... (1990)

5. Ustad Amjad Ali Khan (1990)

6. Libaas (1988)

7. Mirza Ghalib (1988) (TV)

8. Ijaazat (1987)

9. Ek Akar (1985)

10. Aika (1984)

11. Suniye (1984)

12. Angoor (1982)

13. Namkeen (1982)

14. Sahira (1980)

15. Meera (1979)

16. Kitaab (1977)

17. Kinara (1977)

18. Mausam (1975)

19. Khushboo (1975)

20. Aandhi (1975)

21. Achanak (1973)

22. Parichay (1972)

23. Koshish (1972)

24. Mere Apne (1971)


1. Yuvvraaj (2008) - Special Appearance

2. Raincoat (2004) (voice) - Poetry

3. Jallian Wala Bagh (1977) - Suneel

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director:
1. Bandini (1963) (assistant director)

2. Kabuliwala (1961) (chief assistant director)

3. Shriman Satyawadi (1960) (assistant director) (as Gulzar Deenvi)


1. Dus Tola (2010)

2. Do Paise Ki Dhoop, Chaar Aane Ki Baarish (2009) (co-composer)


1. Kitaab (1977) (producer)

2. Kinara (1977) (producer)

Miscellaneous Crew:

1. Mehboob Ki Mehndi (1971) (dialogue writer)


1. Bollywood: The Greatest Love Story Ever Told (2011) (special thanks)

2. Barah Aana (2009) (special thanks) (as Gulzar Saab)

3. Raincoat (2004) (thanks) (as Gulzar Bhai)


1. Bollywood: The Greatest Love Story Ever Told (2011) - Himself

2. Wajood (1998) - Himself (presenting award)

3. Chachi 420 (1997) (uncredited) - Himself (cameo appearance during end credits)

4. Griha Pravesh (1979) - Himself


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