It’s not easy being a master of all trades and in the early days of Bollywood, the artists were just that. They would direct the movies, act in them and even sing sometimes. They would perform each of those roles excellently and this excellence is what makes them immortal in the history of Bollywood. Among such multi-talented artists is Gulzar. Gulzar is the pen name of Sampooran Singh Kalra who is a film director, lyricist, screenwriter, producer, poet and an author. He came to India during the partition and his writing conveys all the pain and suffering of the era. He is a Grammy winner and also has received the title of Padma Bhushan among countless other awards his work has received. His stories and poems have a way of occupying a permanent position in our hearts and minds. Here are eight movies that can be watched a number of times and all the stories have been born from this great mind.
Our obsessions for our favorite actors can sometimes blur the lines between reality and fantasy. It is easy to fall in love with the actors by only watching their on-screen persona. Starring Jaya Bachchan in the titular role who is in love with Dharmendra, who plays himself, this movie was first-of-its-kind to explore the life behind the glamor of Bollywood. It also starred a lot of superstars of that time like Amitabh Bachchan, Dilip Kumar, Rajesh Khanna and many more, as themselves.
When you are aware of your impending death, there are two ways you can deal with it. You can keep worrying about it or you can celebrate life. Anand chose to do the latter and that’s what makes the movie very special. It is the story of a dying man celebrating his last days. He chose to impart wisdom, help people find love and fulfilled his dream of being remembered for his cheery nature rather than the man who was about to die. Gulzar was one of the writers of this wonderful movie, which still tugs at the audience’s heartstrings. He had also penned the poem Maut Tu Ek Kavita Hai, which was recited in the movie.
This movie used comedy of errors before it was cool, making it unique in its time. It also set a basis to make use of the genre more to its full potential. Gulzar was one of the writers in the team that was involved with this project. The movie is also the remake of Bengali movie Chhadmadeshi, which was based on a story of the same name.
Fate is cruel and there is no better example than this movie. You can remain strong and silently try to make a decent living, until circumstances force you to choose a path you vowed to never travel upon. The three sisters who had created a world for themselves and their mother didn’t live a lavish lifestyle but they surely worked hard. This movie was an instant hit and was based on the novel Akal Basant, which was adapted by Gulzar.
This movie is best remembered for the song Tujhse Naraaz Nahi Zindagi, which was penned by Gulzar. He also wrote the story and the other songs of this movie. This movie explores the effects of adultery on a family and how an innocent child can be caught in the web of the mistakes made by adults. Apart from soulful music, the movie itself will make you want to watch it multiple times.
Maachis was not only written by Gulzar but also directed by him. The movie is considered to be a classic and the songs are still remembered. The movie is set is 1980s following the events after the assassination of Indira Gandhi and the riots that happened right after. The movie talked about the reasons behind the riots and how those reasons can also lead to the return of such incidents again.
On his 82nd birthday, we wish Gulzar a healthy life and wish for more of his fantastic works which will remain in our hearts. Comment below with your favorite movie of Gulzar.