Noted lyricist-poet-director Gulzar turns 85 today!
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His parents called him Sampooran Singh Kalra when he was born on August 18, 1934 in Jhelum District, Pakistan. But he became known as Gulzar, film director, lyricist and poet, with his life and career based in Mumbai, India. He was encouraged by Shailendra and Bimal Roy to join films, and it was in 1963 that he made his name as a lyricist with Mora gora ang lai le in the film Bandini, set to the music of RD Burman and sung by Lata Mangeshkar.

The applause echoed on with Gulzar’s work in films like Aashirwad (1968),  Khamoshi (1969),  Guddi (1971),  Anand (1971), Mausam (1975), Maachis(1996), Omkara (2006), Slumdog Millionaire (2008 – for which he won an Oscar) and more. He has also written lyrics for television series like Jungle Book, Hello ZIndagi and others. Gulzar’s movie direction credits include Mere Apne (1971),  Achanak (1973),  Angoor (1982) and a number of notable productions.

To wish him the very best on his 85th birthday, SoundboxIndia lists 11 songs with lyrics by Gulzar….

  • Mora gora ang lai le (Bandini)
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  • Tujhse naraaz nahin zindagi (Masoom)
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  • Ae watan (Raazi)
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  • Mera kuch samaan (Ijaazat)
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  • Dil dhoondta hai (Mausam)
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  • Tum aa gaye ho (Aandhi)
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  • Beedi jalaile (Omkara)
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  • Chaiyya chaiyya (Dil se)
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  • Jai ho (Slumdog Millionaire)
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  • Chup chup ke (Bunty Aur Babli)
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  • Barso re (Guru)
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