New Delhi: Sampooran Singh Kalra, better known as Gulzar - the lyricist, director and scriptwriter – turned 75 on Thursday.

Gulzar, who recently won an Oscar for his song "Jai ho" in the film "Slumdog Millionaire", started his jouney with filmmaker Bimal Roy’s 1963 film "Bandini". He penned the song titled "Mora gora ang lai le", which was a chartbuster and music lovers hum it till date.

Some of his most popular songs have been associated with legendary composer RD Burman in movies such as "Parichay" ("Musafir hoon yaron"), "Aandhi" ("Tera bina zindagi se koi"), "Ijaazat" ("Mera kuch saaman") and "Masoom" ("Tujhse naraz nahi zindagi") to name a few.

He has also had award-winning associations with composers like Salil Chowdhury for "Anand" and Madan Mohan for "Mausam".

This veteran lyricist  in recent times he teamed up with young composers like Vishal Bharadwaj for "Maachis", AR Rahman for "Dil Se" and "Guru" and Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy for "Bunty aur Babli".

He also directed donned the hat of a director with "Mere Apne" in 1971. "Parichay", "Koshish" (1972), "Aandhi" (1975), "Mausam" (1975), "Ijaazat" (1987) and "Maachis" (1996) are the most appreciated creations  of Gulzar sahab.

For his contributions to Indian cinema, Gulzar was honoured with the Padma Bhushan in 2004. His movies have won numerous National Awards too - he bagged the best director honour for "Mausam" and best lyricist honour for the songs "Mera kuch saamaan" and "Yaara sili sili".

Gulzar likes to celebrate his birthday with his family, away from the city.

JPN/Agencies