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 Born in Deena (Now in Pakistan) on 18th August 1936, Gulzar began his film career as an assistant to Bimal Roy. He also worked with Hrishikesh Mukherjee and Hemant Kumar in the beginning of his career. He started writing songs for films with Bimal Roy's Bandini, although his first film to be released was Kabuli Wala. These were followed by Sannata, Biwi aur Makan, Do Dooni Chaar and most notable of all Khamoshi and various others during 1960's. After getting recognition as a sensitive lyricist, he started writing scripts and stories for films. Gulzar turned into a Film Director with Mere Apne in 1971. Since then he has written stories for around 60 films and directed 17 movies, each one a masterpiece. His Maachis was a major hit, while his latest venture Hu Tu Tu received critical acclaim. Recently he has won the Filmfare Award for the best lyricist for Dil Se.

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