IANS | Apr 12, 2014, 03.26 PM IST
The award is conferred by the government for outstanding contribution to the growth and development of Indian cinema.
Bimal Julka, secretary, ministry of information and broadcasting, congratulated Gulzar on the momentous occasion.
Born in 1934 in Punjab in pre-independence India, Gulzar started his career in 1956. As a lyricist, he got his first break in Bimal Roy’s “Bandini”. He then worked with leading composers like Sachin Dev Burman, Salil Chowdhury, Shankar-Jaikishan, Hemant Kumar, Laxmikant-Pyarelal, Madan Mohan, Rajesh Roshan, Anu Malik and the new age Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy.
Gulzar’s daughter Meghna took to Twitter, immediately after the news was announced, to share her joy.
“Dadasaheb Phalke award for my father. So proud,” she posted.
Gulzar has even had successful partnerships with Rahul Dev Burman, A R Rahman and Vishal Bhardwaj.
His has contributed to several films as script, story and dialogue writer. His directorials are “Mere Apne”, “Koshish”, “Aandhi”, “Kinara”, “Khushboo”, “Angoor”, “Libaas”, “Meera”, “Lekin” and “Maachis”.
Gulzar’s small screen stint included creating the series like “Mirza Ghalib” and “Tahreer Munshi Premchand Ki”. He wrote lyrics for Doordarshan serials “Hello Zindagi”, “Potli Baba Ki” and “Jungle Book”.
The 79-year-old was conferred the Sahitya Akademi Award in 2002 and the Padma Bhushan in 2004 . He has won a number of National Film Awards and 20 Filmfare Awards.
His poetry has been published in three compilations: “Chand Pukhraaj Ka”, “Raat Pashminey Ki” and “Pandrah Paanch Pachattar”. His short stories are published in “Raavi Paar” and “Dhuan”.