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NEW DELHI: Lyricist, director and poet Gulzar is the winner of the Dadasaheb Phalke Award for 2013.
It is India’s highest award in Indian cinema given by the Government of India to an individual for life-long contribution to cinema.
The 79-year-old Gulzar is the 45th winner of the Dadasaheb Phalke Award.
Gulzar, whose was born Sampooran Singh Kalra in Dina in Jhelum district of Punjab in August 1934, was given his first break as a lyricist by Bimal Roy in his film Bandini. He went on to work with Indian cinema’s leading composers – from Sachin Dev Burman, Salil Chowdhury, Shankar-Jaikishan, Hemant Kumar, Laxmikant-Pyarelal, Madan Mohan, Rajesh Roshan, Anu Malik to Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy.
Gulzar is the winner many National Awards and Filmfare awards. He was given the Padma Bhushan by the Indian government in 2004. The highlight of his career is the Academy Award for the film Slumdog Millionaire that he shared with A.R. Rahman.