Posted by: S/J | 08/18/2009

Happy Birthday Gulzar Saab!

gulzar Tum jeeyo hazaaron saal, yeh hamari hai aarzoo…Happy Bir-day to you!

Sampooran Singh Kalra, better known by his pen name Gulzar is an Indian poet, lyricist and director. He was born to Makhan Singh Kalra and Sujan Kaur, in Dina, Jhelum District, British India. Before he was Gulzar saab he worked as a car mechanic in a garage. He took the pen name Gulzar Deenvi after becoming an author. He’s won countless accolades for his work including an Oscar for “Jai Ho” but that’s not of extreme importance because he’s also won a Padma Bhushan, five National Awards and 20 Filmfares.

Gulzar saab has also given a new genre to Hindi Literature known as Triveni. Triveni is a form of Hindi/Urdu poetry initiated by the poet Gulzar. Unlike sher, a triveni consists of three misras. The first two are complete in themselves, but the addition of the third misra gives a new facet all together. You can hear this genre in the album ‘Koi Baat Chale’ on which he collaborated with Jagjit Singh.

He also has one of the most beautiful voice; it’s so calming to listen to. Check out this poem he recited at the Vishwa Hindi Sammelan.

“Jungle Jungle Pata Chala Hai, Chaddi Pehen Key Phool Khila Hai” – this is what we looked forward to on Sunday mornings. We’d get up early and make sure to catch the theme song of ‘The Jungle Book.’ Obviously at that age we didn’t know who had written the song, but today we pay tribute to the one and only Gulzaar saab whose worked we’ve admired since we were little kids.

Gulzaar saab has never really been in the limelight, but whenever you see him, he’s dressed in the most beautiful plain white khaadi kurta-pyjamas…that’s one of our favorite things about him. Apart from his dress sense, we can’t really comment on Gulzar saab the person. We certainly wish we had a way with words like Gulzar saab taanki hum unki tareef main chand alfaaz likh sakein…lekin hum toh unki juti ke barabar bhi nahin, so instead we’re going to talk about some of our favorite works by Gulzar saab.

He directed Maachis (1996), Lekin… (1990), Ijaazat (1987), Angoor (1982), Khushboo (1975), Mausam (1975), Aandhi (1975), Mere Apne (1971) among others. Many of his movies tackled issues that were relevant and still are many years after, but he also has a great sense of humor…as seen in Angoor, an all time favorite movie!

He also produced a TV serial, Mirza Ghalib (1988), telecast on DD National in which Naseeruddin Shah played the role of Ghalib.

As we were making a list, it became terribly difficult to post every song we love because it’s so long, so we’ll post a few and try to post more of our favorite Gulzar saab songs on the site occasionally. Here are some of them:

Khamoshi – ‘Hamne dekhi hai’ (1969)
Khamoshi- ‘Tum Pukar Lo Tumhara Intezar Hai’ (1969)
Anubhav – ‘Meri Jaan Mujhe Jaan Na Kaho’ (1971)
Parichay – ‘Musafir Hoon Yaro’ (1972)
Aandhi – ‘Zindagi Mein Shikwa To Nahin’ (1975)
Ghar – ‘Aap Ki Ankhon Mein Kuchh’ (1978)
Thodi Si Bewafai – ‘Hazar Rahen Mud Ke Dekhi’ (1980)
Sannata – Bas Ek Chupsi Lagi Hai (1981)
Masoom – ‘Tujhse naraaz nahin zindagi’ (1983)
Ijaazat – ‘Mera kuchh saamaan’ (1987)

Favorite Albums:

Maachis (1996)
Dil Se (1998)
Satya (1998)
Asoka (2001)
Saathiya (2002)
Bunty Aur Babli (2005)
Yaahan (2005)
Omkara (2006)
Jhoom Barabar Jhoom (2007)
No Smoking (2007)
Kaminey (2009)

Okay this will never end, so we’ll stop here…

We feel so fortunate to be able just share time with this living legend, that hum aise mahaan kavi ki kavitaaon ka lutf utha sakte hain. We look forward to many more songs by one of our most favorite lyricist in filmistan…



  1. Just wasted the past hour exploring your web blog! Only kidding it wasnt a waste by any means, I actually subscribed to your rss feed!

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