Mumbai, Apr 13 (): Veteran poet, lyricist and filmmaker Gulzar was selected on Saturday for one of the prestigious awards in India, Dadasaheb Phalke Award. Gulzar is the 45th recipient of this highest official award for film personalities in India.
Gulzar was selected by a seven-member jury comprising of renowned artistes who after due discussion, unanimously suggested him for the prestigious award, an official statement said. He will be awarded with a cash prize of Rs 10 lakh, a Golden Lotus and a shawl.
In his career in the film industry, Gulzar has put on several hats like director, lyricist, poet, screenwriter and producer. He attracted millions of hearts by penning touching songs like “Tere Bina Zindagi Se” and “Tujhse Naaraaz Nahi”, while films like “Mausam” and “Aandhi” directed by him have left a lasting impact in our memory.
After knowing the news, the 79-year-old artiste said in Mumbai that he was happy to receive this award and he was thankful to everyone —the jury members and the people. He said an award is a respect which says that one’s work is loved and he is on the right path.
Gulzar felt fulfilled on being acknowledged for his work. He felt blessed to get the honour as receiving an award is a feeling of accomplishment by not only one song or screenplay, but the total work one does.
Gulzar has previously received awards such as the Padma Bhushan, Sahitya Akademi award, many National Film Awards and 20 Filmfare Awards. He was given Oscar award (shared with A R Rahman and Sukhwinder for writing the lyrics of ‘Jai Ho’ from the ‘Slumdog Millionare’) and also Grammys (for Jai Ho lyrics).
Dadasaheb Phalke Award was introduced in 1969, the birth centenary year of Dadasaheb Phalke, who is considered as the father of Indian cinema. The award is given to recognise the contribution of film personalities towards the development of Indian cinema.