The 11th edition of the annual Osian's-Cinefan Film Festival of Asian and Arab Cinema will confer legendary lyricist Gulzar with the 2009 Lifetime Achievement Award for cinematic contribution.
The award will be given to the Oscar-winning lyricist-writer-director at the opening ceremony on Saturday in the presence of Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit.
The award focuses on the 73-year-old's creativity and contribution to entertainment that goes beyond cultural, linguistic and other boundaries, said a press statement released here Tuesday.
Gulzar, whose first hit song was Mera gora ang lai le for the film Bandini, has penned hits like Is mod se jaate hain, Roz roz ankhon tale, Aaj kal paaun zameen par and Khali haath shaam aayee. In recent years he wrote chartbusters such as Beeedi, Kajra re and Chaiyya Chaiyya.
He also directed critically acclaimed movies like Aandhi, Parichay, Mausam, Ijaazat, Lekin and Maachis.
The fest will be held at the Siri Fort Complex in the capital till Oct 30.