Acclaimed lyricist Gulzar’s seven-decade career has received several honors, including an Academy Award, a Grammy, and about five National Film Awards.
On this momentous occasion, we have created a list of five most loved Gulzar songs.
1. Tujhse Naraz Nahi Zindagi
n this popular melody from Masoom, lyricist Gulzar emphasizes how one should face all life’s curveballs with a bright grin. Lata Mangeskar sings the female version of the song, while Anup Ghoshal sings the male version. Tujhse Naraz Nahi Zindagi is a film composed by RD Burman and starring Naseeruddin Shah, Urmila Matondkar, and Shabana Azmi.
2. Jai Ho
Jai Ho is a fast rhythmic song from the popular film Slumdog Millionaire . While Gulzar’s lyrics encourage people to live their lives to the fullest, the high-tempo composition is performed by Sukhwinder Singh in collaboration with AR Rahman, Mahalakshmi Iyer, and Vijay Prakash. Tanvi, a musician, not only contributed vocals but also assisted Gulazar in the song’s composition.
Poems & Stories By Gulzar To Celebrate The Wordsmith’s Birthday
Happy Birthday, Gulzar Saab!
Poet, author, lyricist, film-maker, Gulzar’s words have enamoured both bibliophiles and cinephiles for decades. Born Sampooran Singh Kalra in Dina (now in Pakistan), Gulzar saab – as he is fondly called – began his career in films as an assistant to film-maker Bimal Roy.
‘Footprints on Zero Line: Writings on the Partition’
Having experienced the horrors of the partition first-hand, it is a theme Gulzar often returns to in his writings. ‘Footprints on Zero Line’, published by Juggernaut, features fiction, non-fiction and poems on the subject by the writer. Gulzar doesn’t stop at the events of 1947 but explores how they continue to affect our lives, in the book. It is rendered in English by author and translator Rakhshanda Jalil.
‘Baaghbaan’ (The Gardener)
This compilation brings together two legends of poetry, Rabindranath Tagore and Gulzar, on the pages of a single book. Published by HarperCollins, the book includes the original poems by Tagore in Bengali and the Bard of Bengal’s English version of them along with a translation by Gulzar. The lyricist-poet draws on some of Tagore’s most well-known poetry collections – Chitra, Kshanika, Sonar Tari – making this a collector’s edition.
‘Raavi Paar And Other Stories’
Gulzar’s first-ever short collection in English is a treat for bibliophiles. Serious and moving, funny and ironic, the stories, despite being concerned with human suffering and emotion, are refreshingly free from cynicism.
3. Thoda hai thode ke jaroorat hai
In this bittersweet song that honours life, Gulzar raised the paradox that man would always seek more no matter what. Kishore Kumar and Lata Mangeshkar sang the song, which was starring Ashok Kumar, Pearl Padamsee, Rakesh Roshan, David Abraham Cheulkar, Ranjit Chowdhry. This well-known song is from the film Khatta Meetha (1981).
4. Tere Bina Zindagi Se Koi
Tere Bina Zindagi Se Koi, written by Gulzar, is on the soundtrack of the 1975 film Aandhi, starring Sanjeev Kumar, Suchitra Sen , and Om Shivpuri. The beautiful ballad was created by RD Burman and featured vocals by the legendary pair Lata Mangeskar and Kishore Kumar. The song’s lyrics convey the spirit of unrequited love.
5. Ae ajnabi tu bhi kabhi
We all have the feeling at some point in our lives that we are only one part of a whole, and that we will only be whole when we meet that elusive stranger who shares the other half of our soul. With this song, Gulzar presents a case for this unusual mood. This touchy song is from Dil se (1998), sung by Udit Narayan and Mahalaxmi Iyer, starred Shah Rukh Khan and Manisha Koirala.
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