Film lyricist Gulzar has been revealed as the recipient of the 2013 Dadasaheb Phalke Award, the state-sponsored honour that recognizes contributions to Indian cinema.
Gulzar – born Sampooran Singh Kalra – is arguably India’s most renowned and revered living poet, lyricist and filmmaker.
During a career spanning more than half a century, he has written, produced, directed or penned the lyrics for some of the most iconic Indian films of all time: from ‘Kabuliwala’ in 1957 through the likes of ‘Khamoshi’ (1969), ‘Parichay’ (1972), ‘Khushboo’ (1975), ‘Satya’ (1998), ‘Maqbool’ (2003) to, more recently, ‘Slumdog Millionaire’ and ‘Dedh Ishqiya’.
Born in 1934 in the Punjab in pre-independence India, Gulzar has worked with an astonishing array of Indian talent from the legendary Bimal Roy and R D Burman through A R Rahman, Vishal Bhardwaj to Shankar Ehsaan Loy.
Among the myriad awards conferred on Gulzar are several National Film Awards as well as an Academy Award for Best Original Song for ‘Jai Ho’ (Slumdog Millionaire) alongside A R Rahman.
Gulzar becomes the 45th recipient of the Dadasaheb Phalke Award, joining the likes of Satyajit Ray, Lata Mangeshkar, Yash Chopra, Manna Dey and Adoor Gopalakrishnan.