Happy birthday Gulzar: A playlist of his 16 most youthful songs

  • Rohit Vats, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Aug 18, 2016 08:28 IST
Gulzar was born on August 18, 1924 in Dina (now in Pakistan).

Noted filmmaker and poet Sampooran Singh Kalra aka Gulzar turned 82 today. One of the most respected storytellers and lyricists, Gulzar knows the art of survival, and that’s exactly why he is still one of the most sought after names in the Hindi film industry.

He stopped directing films with Hu Tu Tu (1999), but continued to create tunes that are in sync with the current generation.

Read: Gulzar: Man who never set boundaries for himself

From Fiza and Asoka to Drishyam and The Jungle Book, Gulzar is still one of the busiest lyricists. We’re yet to hear better “item” numbers than what he has written. The reason is simple: He is in touch with today’s youth, probably more than ever.

The journey that started with Mera gora rang lei le (Bandini, 1963) still continues, and our favourite film poet shows no signs of tiredness.

Read: Gulzar on how an 80-year-old Urdu poet stays relevant in Bollywood

Here we list his most celebrated songs over the years, and how they were always about the youth and its changing sensibilities.

Song: Mera gora rang le lei
Film: Bandini (1963)

Song: Maine tere liye hi
Film: Anand (1971)

Song: Aane wala pal jaane wala hai
Film: Gol Maal (1979)

Song: Huzur is kadar
Film: Masoom (1983)

Song: Ek haseen nigah ka
Film: Maya Memsaab (1993)

Song: Goli maar bheje me
Film: Satya (1998)

Song: O humdum suniyo re
Film: Saathiya (2002)

Song: Kajra re
Film: Bunty Aur Babli (2005)

Song: Beedi jalai le
Film: Omkara (2006)

Song: Phoonk de
Film: No Smoking (2007)

Song: Tu hi toh meri dost hai
Film: Yuvraaj (2008)

Song: Raat ko dhai baje
Film: Kaminey (2009)

Song: Cham cham
Film: Striker (2010)

Song: Challa
Film: Jab Tak Hai Jaan (2012)

Song: Yaaram
Film: Ek Thi Daayan (2013)

Song: Sajde
Film: Kill Dil (2014)

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