Gulzar is one of India’s most respected scriptwriters and film directors, and has been one of the most popular lyricists in mainstream Hindi cinema for over five decades. One of the country’s leading poets, he has published a number of poetry anthologies and collections of short stories. He is also
regarded as one of India’s finest writers for children.
Apart from many Filmfare and National Awards for his films and lyrics—and an Oscar and Grammy for the song Jai ho—Gulzar has received the Sahitya Akademi Award in 2002 and the Padma Bhushan in 2004. He lives and works in Mumbai.