India Celebrating Gulzar’s 73rd Birthday On August 18th

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"Jis ki awaaz mein silwat ho nigahon main shikan,

Aaisee tasveer ke tukde nahi joda karte."

Sampooran Singh Kalra - famous as Gulzar the lyricist, director and scriptwriter - turns 73 on Tuesday.

gulzar "One thing I love and adore in my father is his unconditional love for everyone who is associated with him. Friends, family...his adulation for all of us is so heart-warming," Meghna said about her director-poet father."He may be a very deep, silent and introvert individual, but he is very emotional. I really respect that thing in him”.

Gulzar,born on August 18, 1936 in a small town of Deena (now in Pakistan).An eager participant in antakshari and keen learner of shairis, he was inclined towards literature and poetry right from his school days.

He began his film career as an assistant to director Bimal Roy. He has also worked with Hrishikesh Mukherjee in the beginning of his career. After getting recognition as a sensitive lyricist, he started writing scripts and stories for films.

Gulzar, who recently won an Oscar for his song Jai ho in the film Slumdog Millionaire, penned his first song for filmmaker Bimal Roy's 1963 film Bandini.Titled Mora gora ang lai le, it was a chartbuster and music lovers hum it till date.

Some of the films that Gulzar has written include Anand (1970), Guddi (1971), Bawarchi (1972), Namak Haram (1973),Do Dooni Char (1968), Khamoshi (1969) and Safar (1970).Some of his most popular songs have been associated with legendary composer R D Burman in movies such as Parichay (Musafir hoon yaron), Aandhi (Tera bina zindagi se koi), Ijaazat (Mera kuch saaman) and Masoom (Tujhse naraz nahi zindagi) to name a few.

“raat bhar us ki hi aahat kaan mein aati rahi , jhaank kar dekhaa gali mein koi bhi aaya na thaa, aks to maujud the par aks tanhaai ke the , aainaa to thaa magar us mein tera chehara na tha”.

We wish him a very happy birthday.

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