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Birthday Special: 5 Soulful compositions of Gulzar Sahab that will melt your heart right away!

Happy 88th Birthday to the Versatile Man of His Time- We Love You, Gulzar Sahab

Some people are born to make their own legacy. They hardly believe in societal norms, and their quest for excellence makes them stand out in the row. One such name is Sampooran Singh Kalra, aka Gulzar Sahab, who has no match in the world of poetry. His name will make you bow down to the power of words. He has ruled hearts for the past six decades, and his compositions can move your soul. On his birthday, we bring you some of his best compositions.

Sampooran Singh Kalra, aka Gulzar, is one of those people who have proved that words have the ultimate power. The name ‘Gulzar’ was born when he made his first debut as a lyricist for the movie ‘Bandini’ in (1963). Since then, he has only surprised us with his thoughtful and provoking writing skills and lyrics.


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Gulzar is not just a name now in Indian industry; it is the soul weaved in words; it is a trust of the things which come out from the heart and pouring its relatable syrup to lite up your day.

Here are some beautiful lines by Gulzar Sahab: 

  • Wo Yaar Jo Khusboo Ki Tarah Wo Jiski Zubaan Urdu Ki Tarah

    Meri Shaam Raat Meri Kaayanath, Wo Yaar hai Mera Saiyyan Saiyyan” (Dil Se)

    One of the most iconic songs shot on a moving train. 

While the lyrics of ‘Chaiyya Chaiyya’ was penned by Gulzar, the song was composed by AR Rahman and sung by Sukhwinder Singh and Sapna Awasthi. The lyrics of ‘Chaiyya Chaiyya’ are based on ‘Thaiyya Thaiyya’ (lyrics by poet Bulleh Shah), a Sufi folk song.

“Naino Ki Mat Maniyo Re,

Naino ki Mat Suniyo.

Naina Thag lenge” (Omkara)

Gulzar weaves his magic to describe the hypnotic and deceptive charisma of eyes. No one could have told the power of eyes better than him.

“Aaja Mai Hawaaon Pe Baithake Le Chalun

Tu Hi Toh Meri Dost Hai

Aaja Mai Khalaon Pe Baithake Le Chalun

Tu Hi Toh Meri Dost Hai” (Yuvraaj)

The movie did not do wonders in cinema halls, but the songs managed to create magic. Composed by AR Rahman, sung by Shreya Ghoshal, and Benny Dayal.

 “Aisi Uljhi Nazar Unse Hatti Nahi;

Daant Se Reshmi Dor Katti Nahi.

Umr Kab Ki Baras Ke Safaid Ho Gayi

Kaari Badri Jawaani Ki Chatti Nahi” (Ishqiya)

Gulzar expresses his philosophical take on the human heart in this mellow rendition of the movie Ishqiya. Dil Toh Baccha Hai Ji is composed by music director Vishal Bharadwaj and sung by Rahat Fateh Ali Khan.


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Tujhse Naraaz Nahi Zindagi, Haraan Hoon Main

Tere masoom Sawalon Se Pareshan Hoon Main” (Masoom)

Lyricist Gulzar highlights how one should take all life’s curveballs with a bright smile in this iconic number from Masoom. While the female version of the song is crooned by Lata Mangeshkar, the male version has received the melodious voice of Anup Ghoshal. Picturized on Urmila Matondkar, Naseeruddin Shah, and Shabana Azmi, composed by RD Burman.

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From soulful Sau Dard Hai to hilarious Gol Maal Hai Bhai Sab Gol Mal Hai, Gulzar Sahab had mastered every category and set very high standards for other lyrists. And we believe it can’t be met.

Happy Birthday Gulzar Sahab!

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