Eminent poet, lyricist, dialogue-writer and director Gulzar (born Sampoornanand Singh) has been honoured with the Dada Saheb Phalke prize, the highest cinematic honour conferred by the government for his contributions to Indian cinema.Gulzar, born in Dina, now in Pakistan, had to face the tragic Partition of India before he moved to Mumabi as a car mechanic.
Gulzar, chosen unnaimously by the 7-member jury is a veteran lyricist, who had started his film career with "Mora Gora Ang Layi Le....." in Bandini. He is the second lyricist to be decorated with the honour, the first being the late Majrooh Sultanpuri. He has penned the lyrics for several blockbusters including Aandhi, Mausam, Ijaazat, Meera, Maachis, Ishqiya, Dedh Ishqiya, Bunty Babli, Guru and Omkara. However, his best-ever pairing happened with Pancham, a k a RD Burman, with whom he enjoyed a special chemistry. The duo delivered several hits like Angoor, Ijaazat, Basera and Golmaal (which got him the National Award for Best Lyricist).
In 2009, he had won the Academy Award for Best Original Song Jai Ho along with A. R. Rahman for Slumdog Millionaire. Gulzar is also known for his sensitive poetry and film direction through which he unravels the intricacies of human relationships. Among his directorial ventures, one can count Mausam, Parichay, Aandhi, Ijaazat, Angoor, Macchis, Hu Tu Tu etc. He is responsible for introducing fresh, unique metaphors in poetry which have raised the status of fil song writing to a new bechmark, which very few can match. Besides, he had directed Mirza Ghalib, a TV serial on the life of Mirza Ghalib, the most well-known Urdu poet of all times.