Happy Birthday Gulzar Saab: Look at the films which were directed by Gulzar and become cult classic

Happy Birthday, Gulzar Saab! From Koshish to Aandhi, Here are some films that were directed by Lyricist-Poet Gulzar. 

1934 saw the birth of Gulzar, also known as Sampooran Singh Kalra, into a Sikh family in Dina, Jhelum, British India (now Pakistan). Rakhi Gulzar, a veteran actress, was his wife.

Today marks Gulzar’s 89th birthday. His name has come to be associated with cinema that is emotional and profound. On the occasion of his birthday, let’s take a look at some films that were directed by him.

Koshish (1972)








Sanjeev Kumar and Jaya Bhaduri star in the 1972 Hindi-language romantic drama film Koshish, which was written and directed by Gulzar. The film shows a deaf and mute couple’s tensions, suffering, and struggle to find acceptance in a desensitised society. Two National Film Awards were given to the movie in 1973 for Best Actor and Best Screenplay.

Aandhi (1975)






Aandhi claimed that the movie was based on the life of the former prime minister Indira Gandhi and her relationship with her estranged husband, but in actuality, only the actress Tarkeshwari Sinha and Indira Gandhi were used as inspiration for the film’s appearance.  The film is renowned for its songs, which were written by Gulzar, composed by Rahul Dev Burman, and performed by Kishore Kumar and Lata Mangeshkar.

Many music lovers still adore its songs “Tere Bina Zindagi Se” and “Tum Aa Gaye Ho Noor Aa Gaya Hain.” After only a few months of release, the movie was outlawed in 1975 due to the National Emergency. But after Indira Gandhi lost the 1977 presidential election, the movie began to air again on television.

Angoor (1981)








The quirky comedy Angoor, starring Sanjeev Kumar, Moushmi Chatterjee, Deepti Naval, and Deven Verma, is unquestionably one of the best in Indian cinema. All of the characters are naive, and fate primarily contributes to their convergence in one location. The majority of other films typically have fabricated characters and purposefully mislead audiences. Based on Shakespeare’s play “The Comedy of Errors,” this Angoor from 1981.

Ijaazat (1987)






Ijaazat tells the tale of a couple who are estranged but by chance cross paths in a train station waiting room and learn some facts about their lives apart. The film stars Rekha, Nasserundin Shah, and Anuradha Patel in the key roles.

The movie received two National Film Awards in the music category and is a member of the Parallel Cinema art-house subgenre in India. The movie was innovative for its day because it showed how relationships can be complicated and how delicate love and grief can be.

Maachis (1996)






Maachis is a historical political thriller that depicts the events leading up to the 1980s Sikh Insurgency in Punjab. The impact of Operation Blue Bar’s aftermath on Punjab was represented in this gritty, grim movie, which was a standout. The movie shows how dishonest governmental and policing systems deliberately target and subdue individuals based on their religion. For Maachis in 1997, Tabu took home the Best Actress National Film Award.



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