The Union Ministry of Information and Broadcasting announced on 12 April 2014 that legendary poet and film lyricist Gulzar was selected for the Dadasaheb Phalke Award 2013. He is the 45th winner of the Dadasaheb Phalke Award.
Sampooran Singh Kalra famous as Gulzar is a lyricist, director, screen writer, producer and poet.
The award is conferred by the government for outstanding contribution to the growth and development of Indian cinema.
Gulzar was conferred by the Sahitya Akademi Award in 2002 and the Padma Bhushan in 2004. He had won a number of National Film Awards and 20 Filmfare Awards.
At the 81st Oscars in 2009, he won the Academy Award for best original song for Jai ho with Rahman.
He was born in 1934 in Punjab in pre-independence India. He started his career in 1956. As a lyricist, he got his first break in Bimal Roy’s Bandini.
About Dadasaheb Phalke Award
The Dadasaheb Phalke Award is the highest award of India in cinema. The award was given annually by the Government of India for lifetime contribution to Indian cinema.
The award was introduced in 1969. Award was introduced to commemorate the birth centenary year of Dadasaheb Phalke.
A committee consisted of eminent personalities from the Indian film industry is appointed to evaluate the award.
The award comprises a Swarna Kamal (Golden Lotus) medallion, a cash prize of one lakh rupees and a shawl.
When: 12 April 2014