Gulzar – The Greatest Lyricist of Hindi Cinema

Gulzar (Sampooran Singh) is a Oscar winning lyricist, poet, story/screenplay/dialogue writer and a director. He has just won an Oscar for Best Original Song for ‘Jai Ho’ along with A R Rahman. He has been awarded the Padma Bhushan and Sahitya Akademi Award. He has won 5 National Awards and 19 Filmfare awards (9 for Best Lyricist – the highest).Gulzar started off as a lyricist with the song ‘Mora Gora Ang Laile’ from Bandini (1963) and still continues to write great songs with the latest being the song ‘Khudaya Khair’ from Billu Barber. He has directed beautiful movies like Mere Apne, Parichay, Koshish, Aandhi, Mausam, Khushboo, Kitaab, Kinara, Angoor, Namkeen, Ijaazat and Maachis. He has written dialogues for movies like Anand, Namak Haraam, Bawarchi, Chupke Chupke and Saathiya.

He has directed TV shows like Mirza Ghalib and Kirdaar and written songs for Ek Kahani Aur Milli, The Jungle Book, Potli Baba Ki, Guchche, Alice in Wonderland and Daane Anaar Ke. He is a multi-talented genius, a man who is the epitome of excellence and who has never compromised on his work and has always done what he really believed in. His work over the years speaks for itself. The only criticism that can be made about Gulzar’s lyrics is that some of his songs are a bit difficult to understand for ordinary folks because of his use of metaphors and uncommon Urdu words. In his defense, he has also written some great songs with the use of just simple words. Every song of his has poetry in it and this is something that no one can deny.

Here is a list of the awards that he has received.

Academy Awards
Best Original Song‘Jai Ho’ – Slumdog Millionaire2008
National Awards
Second Best FilmMausam1975
Best Film for Wholesome EntertainmentMaachis1996
Best ScreenplayKoshish1972
Best Lyricist‘Mera kuchh saamaan’ – Ijaazat1988
Best Lyricist‘Yaara sili sili’ – Lekin1991
Filmfare Awards
Best DirectorMausam1975
Best Feature Film (Critics)Aandhi1975
Best StoryMaachis1996
Best DialogueAnand1971
Best DialogueNamak Haraam1973
Best DialogueMaachis1996
Best DialogueSaathiya2002
Best Lyricist‘Do diwane shahar mein’ – Gharonda1977
Best Lyricist‘Aanewala pal jaane wala hai’- Golmaal1979
Best Lyricist‘Hazar rahen mud ke dekhi’- Thodi Si Bewafai1980
Best Lyricist‘Tujhse naraaz nahin zindagi’ – Masoom1983
Best Lyricist‘Tujhse naraaz nahin zindagi’ – Masoom1983
Best Lyricist‘Mera kuchh saamaan’ – Ijaazat1988
Best Lyricist‘Yaara sili sili’ – Lekin1991
Best Lyricist‘Chal Chhaiyya Chhaiyya Chhaiyya’ – Dil Se1998
Best Lyricist‘Saathiya’ – Saathiya2002
Best Lyricist‘Kajra Re’ – Bunty aur Babli2005

Here is a list of his best and some of Hindi Cinema’s greatest songs.

YearMovieSongsMusic Director
1961KabuliwalaGanga aaye kahan se – Hemant KumarSalil Choudhary
1963BandiniMora Gora Ang Laile – Lata Mangeshkar(supposed to be his first song)S.D. Burman
1968Do Dooni ChaarHawaon pe likh do hawaon ke naam – Kishore KumarHemant Kumar
1969KhamoshiWo Shaam Kuchh Ajeeb Thi – Kishore Kumar
Tum Pukaar Lo – Hemant Kumar
Hamne Dekhi Hai Un Aankhon Ki – Lata Mangeshkar
Hemant Kumar
1971AnandMaine Tere Liye Hi – MukeshSalil Choudhary
1971GuddiBole Re Papihara – Vani Jayraam
Humko Man Ki Shaqti Dena – Vani Jayraam
Vasant Desai
1971Mere ApneKoi hota jisko apna – Kishore Kumar
Haal chaal theek thaak hai – Mukesh
Salil Choudhary
1972ParichayMusafir hoon yaaron – Kishore Kumar
Saare ke saare gama ko lekar – Kishore Kumar, Asha Bhosle
R.D. Burman
1975MausamChhadi re chhadi kaise gale mein padi – Rafi, Lata Mangeshkar
Ruke ruke se qadam – Lata Mangeshkar
Dil dhoondhta hai phir wohi (Happy and Sad) – Bhupinder, Rafi, Lata Mangeshkar
Madan Mohan
(and Jaidev)
1975KhushbooO Maanjhi re – Kishore Kumar
Bechara Dil Kya Kare – Asha
R.D. Burman
1975AandhiIs mod se jaate hain – Kishore Kumar, Lata Mangeshkar
Tum aagaye ho – Kishore Kumar, Lata Mangeshkar
Tere bina zindagi se koi – Kishore Kumar, Lata Mangeshkar
R.D. Burman
1977GharAajkal paaon zameen per nahin padte mere – Lata Mangeshkar
Aapki ankhon mein kuchh mehke hue se – Kishore Kumar, Lata Mangeshkar
Phir wahi raat hain – Kishore Kumar
Tere bina jiya jaye naa – Lata Mangeshkar (and Kishore for a bit)
R.D. Burman
1977Khatta MeethaYe jeena hai angoor ka daana – Kishore Kumar
Tumse mil tha pyar – Kishore Kumar, Lata Mangeshkar
Thoda hai thode ki zaroorat hai – Kishore Kumar,Lata Mangeshkar
Mummy o mummy tu kab saas banegi – Kishore Kumar
Rajesh Roshan
1977KinaraNaam gum jayega – Lata Mangeshkar,Bhupinder
Ek hi khwab kai baar dekha hai maine – Bhpendra, Hema
Jaane kya soch kar nahin guzra – Kishore Kumar
R.D. Burman
1977Palkon ki chhaon meinDakiya daak laya – Kishore Kumar
Allah megh de
Lakshmikant
Pyarelal
1978GharondaDo deewane shahar mein – Bhupinder, Runa Laila
Ek akela is shahar mein – Bhupinder
Jaidev
1978DevtaGulmohar gar tumhara naam hota – Kishore Kumar, Lata MangeshkarR.D. Burman
1979GolmaalAane wala pal jaane wala hai – Kishore Kumar
Golmaal hai bhai sab golmaal hai – Sapan Chakravarthy, R D Burman
Sapne mein dekha sapna – Kishore Kumar
R.D. Burman
1980KhoobsuratSun sun sun didi tere liye – Asha BhonsleR.D. Burman
1980Thodi si bewafaaiHazaar Raahen Mud ke dekhi – Kishore Kumar, Lata Mangeshkar
Aankhon mein hamne aapke – Kishore Kumar, Lata Mangeshkar
Aaj bichhade hain kal ka dar bhi nahi – Bhupinder
Mausam Mausam Lovely Mausam – Sulakshna Shreshtha
Khayyam
1981NamkeenRaah pe rahte hain – Kishore Kumar
Aanki chali baanki chali – Asha Bhonsle
R.D. Burman
1982MasoomLakdi ki kaathi – Preeti Uttam, Vanita Mishra
Huzoor is qadar bhi naa itra ke chaliye – Bhupinder, Suresh Wadkar
Tujhse naaraaz nahin zindagi – Lata Mangeshkar
Tujhse naaraaz nahin zindagi – Anup Ghoshal
Do naina ek kahani – Arti Mukherji
R.D. Burman
1983SadmaAey Zindagi gale laga le – Suresh Wadkar
Ek dafa ek jungle tha – Kamal Hasan
Surmai ankhiyon mein – Yesudas
Illayaraja
1986IzaazatMera kuch saamaan – Asha Bhonsle
Katra Katra milati hai – Asha Bhonsle
Chhoti si kahani mein – Asha Bhonsle
R.D. Burman
1986JeevaRoz roz ankhon tale – Amit,Asha BhonsleR.D. Burman
1990LekinYara sili sili virah ki raat ka jalna – Lata MangeshkarHridaynath Mangeshkar
1993LibaasSili hawa chhoo gayee – Lata MangeshkarR.D. Burman
1993Maya MemsaabEk haseen nigah ka dil pe saya hai – Lata Mangeshkar
Ek haseen nigah ka dil pe saya hai – Kumar Sanu
Khud se baaten karte rehna – Lata Mangeshkar
Is dil mein bas kar dekho to – Lata Mangeshkar
O dil banjaare – Lata Mangeshkar
Mere sirhaane jalaao sapne – Lata Mangeshkar
Hridaynath Mangeshkar
1995RudaaliDil hum hum kare – Lata Mangeshkar
Dil hum hum Kare – Bhupen Hazarika
Dola ho dola – Bhupen Hazarika
Samay o dheere chalo – BhupenHazarika
Samay o dheere chalo – Lata Mangeshkar
Bhupen Hazarika
1996MaachisChhod aaye hum wo galiyan – Suresh Wadkar, Hariharan, KK Chappa chappa charkha chale – Suresh Wadkar, Hariharan
Pani Pani re – Lata Mangeshkar
Vishal
1997DaayraPalkon pe chalte chalte jab – YesudasAnand Milind
1997Chachi 420Dauda dauda bhaga bhaga sa – Hariharan
Ek woh din be the – Rekha
Vishal
1998SatyaBaadalon Se Kaat Kaat Kar – Bhupinder
Tu mere paas bhi hai – Hariharan, Lata Mangeshkar
Goli mar bheje mein – Mano
Geela Geela Pani – Lata Mangeshkar
Sapne mein milta hai – Suresh Wadkar, Asha Bhonsle
Vishal
1998Dil SeChal Chaiyya – Sukhwinder, Sapna
Jiya jale – Lata Mangeshkar
Dil se re – A R Rahman
Aey Ajnabi tu bhi kabhi – Udit Narayan, Mahalakshmi
Tu hi tu satrangi re – Sonu Nigam
A.R. Rahman
1998Jahan Tum Le ChaloAtthanni si zindagi – Hariharan
Your face is face of love – Gary Lawyer
Dekho to aasmaan – Suresh Wadekar
Thak gayee ho to suno – Suresh Wadekar
Vishal
1999Hu Tu TuChhai Chhap Chhai – Lata Mangeshkar, HariharanVishal
1999KhoobsuratBahut khoobsurat ho – Abhijeet, Neerja Pandit
Aana jara paas to aa – Kumar Sanu, Anuradha
Aazmaale ye formule – Abhijeet/Shraddha Pandit
Jatin Lalit
2000FizaAaja mahiya – Udit Narayan, AlkaAnu Malik
2001RockfordAasmaan Ke Paar Shayad – Shankar MahadevanShankar Ehsaan Loy
2002AshokaRaat Ka Nasha – Chitra
Roshni Se – Abhijeet, Alka Yagnik
O Re Kanchi – Shaan, Sunita Rao
Anu Malik
2003SaathiyaSaathiya – Sonu Nigam
Aye Udi Udi – Adnan Sami
Humdum Suniyo Re – KK, Shaan, Kunal, Pravin Mani
A R Rahman
2004Bunty Aur BabliKajra Re – Alisha Chinai, Shankar Mahadevan & Javed AliShankar Ehsaan Loy
2005PaheliDheere Jalna – Sonu Nigam & Shreya GhosalM M Kreem
2005YahaanNaam Adaa Likhna – Shaan & Shreya GhoshalShantanu Moitra
2006Jaan-E-ManHumko Maaloom Hai – Sonu Nigam, Sadhna SargamShantanu Moitra
2007No SmokingJab Bhi Ciggrette – Adnan SamiVishal Bharadwaj
2008YuvvrajTu Hi To Mera Dost Hai – Benny Dayal, Shreya Ghosal, A R Rahman
Shano Shano – Sonu Nigam, Srinivas, Karthik, Timmy, Sunaina, Vivienne Pocha, Tina, Blaze
Tu Muskura – Alka Yagnik, Javed AliM
Zindagi – Srinivas
Dil Ka Rishta – Sonu Nigam, Roopkumar Rathod, A R Rahman
A R Rahman
2008Slumdog MillionaireJai Ho – Sukhwinder, Tanvi ShahA R Rahman
2009BilluMarjaani – Sukhwinder Singh, Sunidhi Chahuhan
Billoo Bhayankar – Ajay Jhingaran, Raghuveer, Kalpana
Khudaya Khair – Soham, Akriti Kakkar, Monali
Pritam
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