Sampooran Singh Kalra (Popularly known as 'Gulzar') from Dina (Jhelum District), Punjab, Pakistan (Shifted to India after Partition) is a versatile Lyricist and Poet was born on 18 August 1936. He has wonderfully scripted and directed a few Bollywood movies as well and most of them are critically well acclaimed too winning many National awards.
Gulzar has achieved international acclamation through the words, ‘Jai ho!’ composed by A.R.Rahman for Oscar winning movie – Slumdog Millionaire. He started his career with music director S.D. Burman as a lyricist in the 1963 film Bandini.
Most memorable movies directed by Gulzar are Mausam, Aandhi, Achanak, Kinara, Hut u tu, Lekin, Namkeen, Meera, Kitab, Khushboo, Parichay, Mere Apne, Guddi, Angoor, Libaaz, Matchis and Koshish.
His award winning songs include – Do deewane of Gharonda, Aanewala pal of Golmaal, Hasaar rahom of Thodi si bewafai, Tujhse naaraz of Masoom, Kajra re of Bunti aur Bubli, Dil tyo bacha hai of Ishquiya, Challa of Jab tak hai jaan, Chayya chayya of Dil se and Saathiya of Saathiya. Other than these songs he also penned lyrics for the songs Sajde, Kabhi Yun Bhi To Ho, Nakhriley, Kill Dil, Baawra, Rooh Dekhi Hai Kabhi, Zindagi Kya Hai, Ibteda, Hosh Walon Ko Khaber, Tere Ishq Mein, Mujh Ko Yaqeen Hai, Gulzar Speaks, Subah Subah, Kabhi Kabhi Jab Main Baith Jaata Hoon, Saans Lena Bhi, Woh Khat Ke Purze, Mujhko Bhi, Kachche Rang, Aaj Phir Chand Ki Peshani, Mausam Ka Jhonka, Agar Aisa Bhi Ho Sakta, Yaad Hai Ek Din, Jagah Nahin Ab Dairy Mein, Kitni Girhein Kholi Hai Maine, Tere Aankhon Se Hi, Badi Udaas Hai Vaadi, Khol Kar Bahon Ke Do, Khalaaon Mein Tairate Jazeeron Mein, Sunehari Koonje Jab, Sirf Ehsaas Ke Paas Ho Tum, Sab Kuch Vaise Hi Chalta Hai, Dard Kuch Der Hi, etc.