New Delhi: Born as Sampooran Singh Kalra in 1934 in Pakistan’s Punjab in pre-independence India, Gulzar and his family were among the many victims of Partition. The family moved to Amritsar but Gulzar came to Bombay and began to work as a garage mechanic while writing poetry in his spare time.
Gulzar celebrates his 81st birthday today (August 18). The veteran lyricist is best known for penning memorable hits like ‘Tujhse Naaraaz Nahi’ and ‘Tere Bina Zindagi Se’ besides directing critically acclaimed films like ‘Aandhi’ and ‘Mausam’ .
Gulzar was also awarded the Dadasaheb Phalke Award for his achievements and had worked with leading music directors like Sachin Dev Burman, Salil Chowdhury, Shankar Jaikishan, Hemant Kumar, Laxmikant-Pyarelal, Madan Mohan, Rajesh Roshan, Anu Malik, and Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy.
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