The Master Of All Trades
Iss Mod Se Jaate Hain
Kuch Sust Kadam Raste
Kuchh Tez Kadam Raahen…
Waah! Such beautiful words, many of you might have heard this song from the movie Aandhi. The rest of the song is also beautifully written with so many efficacies by the great Gulzar Sa’ab. Gulzar Sa’ab is a master of many such poems and shayaris. A literary gem, his songs confides the feelings of the humans from the innocence of a kid to the loss of a loved one and ultimately the acceptance of death.
Sampooran Singh Kalra was the given birth name of Gulzar. He was born on 18 August 1934 in Dina, Punjab, British India. His family moved to India after the partition. He used the pen name Gulzar Deenvi when he a became a writer and later shortened it to Gulzar.
The Many Works Of Gulzar
The Academy Award winner is a world-renowned Urdu poet, lyricist and film director, with a career spanning over 50 years and with fans from all ages groups. He started his career as a lyricist for the movie Bandini in 1963, with music director S.D. Burman, and later went on to work for many music directors and is still writing songs in present time, the latest ones being the songs from the movie Raazi. He received the Academy Award for the song “Jai Ho” which he shares with A.R. Rahman. He also directed many movies such as Aandhi, Mausam etc. and TV series such as Mirza Ghalib. Gulzar also wrote dialogues and scripts for many movies. He is a recipient of many awards such as Padma Bhushan (2004), the third-highest civilian award in India, the Sahitya Akademi Award and the Dadasaheb Phalke Award — the highest award in Indian cinema. He has won several Indian National Film Awards, Filmfare Awards, one Academy Award and one Grammy Award.
Not many know this but before joining the industry he used to work in a car garage and he also had interest in painting. He used to write then also and took part in writing events. His passion for writing was not supported by his family members but he still took on the challenge and is now at the heights of the literary world with his songs, poems, shayaris, Ghazals and Nazms, catering to hearts of people of all ages.
He married the famous actress Raakhee and has a daughter Meghna Gulzar, who is also a director.
His Work As A Lyricist
Now let’s see few of his works as a lyricist and the way his songs connect to the many emotions of human beings…
….Tujhse Naaraaz Nahiin Zindagi, Hairaan Hoon Main
Tere Masum Sawaalon Se Pareshaan Hoon Main….
With this song from the movie Masoom, Gulzar sa’ab brings out the innocence of a child and the dilemma of a father.
…Hum ko mann ki shakti dena, mann vijay karen
Dusaron ki jay se pahale, khud ko jay karen…
I remember my school days when we used to sing this song on Independence Day, this song would make us clear our conscience and boost our spirit.
…Naam gum jaayegaa, cheharaa ye badal jaayegaa
meri aawaaz hee pehachaan hai, gar yaad rahe..
A song with a deep impact, the lyrics are brought to life by the melodious voice of Lata Mangeshgkar ji. You need to listen to this song to feel it.
…Aanewala Pal Jaanewala Hai
Ho Sake To Iss Mein Zindagi Bitaado
Pal Jo Yeh Jaanewala hai…
These words are self-explanatory; it tells us to live life to fullest in the present moment, lest it passes away.
…Musafir hoon yaaron na ghar hai na tikhana
Mujhe chalte jaana hai bas chalte jaana…
For all the people struck with wanderlust, this song is for you.
His Work As A Poet:
We have seen some of the songs penned by him; now let us go through some of his Nazms (Poetry)-
- Pehle se kya likha tha–
Pehle se Kya likha tha ?
Ek veeran jazeere par
Chattanon se utarte jab sooraj uroog ho
Surkh sunahari saahilon pe tum milo mujhe.
Aur is tarah phisal ke giro tum mere kareeb
Jaise samundaron ne abhi laake pheka ho
Ye Pehle se navishta tha ya ittafaq tha.
Sooraj ke baad chaand nikalne ke waqfe mein
Taare ki jabki maut soongti hai har taraf
Tumko tha intezaar ki manzhar se mein hattoon
To khud ko uss garajte samundar mein phenk do
Shaayad kisike dard visarjan ko aayi thi.
Aur main ke iss khayal se thehra raha waheen
Tum is kadar nahin fubesahara si lageen
Ye kauf tha ki tumko samandar na kheech le
Us raat Chand bhi to bahut der se uttha.
Aur tum kitaabe dard ke safon ko kholkar
Mujhko sunnati bhi raheen aur phaadti raheen.
Paani pe door door tak purze se bich Gaye hain.
Rukhsat ke waqt haath milaate magar
Karwat Badal raha tha koi dard seene mein
Aasoon tumhaari aankhon mein phirse navishta the
Aur itefaaq meri bhi aankhen chalak gayi
Pehle se kya navishta hai kya ittefaaq hai
- Rooh dekhi hai Kabhi?
Rooh dekhi hai kabhi?
Rooh ko mahsus kiya hai?
Jagte jiite hue doodhiya kohre se lipat kar
saans lete hue us kohre ko mahsus kiya hai?
Rooh dekhi hai kabhi?
Ya shikare mein kisi jheel pe jab raat basar ho
aur paani ke chhpakon mein baja karti hain tullian,
subkiyan leti hawaon ke bhi bain sune hain?
Chaudhvin-raat ke barfab se ik chand ko jab
dher se saaye pakadne ke liye bhagte hain
tum ne sahil pe khade girje ki divar se lag kar
apni gahnati hui kokh ko mahsus kiya hai?
Rooh dekhi hai kabhi?
Jism sau baar jale tab bhi vahi mitti hai
rooh ik baar jalegi to vo kundan hogi
rooh dekhi hai kabhi, rooh ko mahsus kiya hai?
Some Of His Shayaris:
Gulzar sa’ab is also famous for his Shayari, few of his shayaris are-
- Sabr har baar iḳhtiyaar kiya
ham se hota nahin hazar kiya
adatan tum ne kar diye vaade
adatan ham ne aetibaar kiya
ham ne aksar tumhari rahon mein
ruk kar apna hi intizaar kiya
phir na maangenge zindagi ya-rab
ye gunah ham ne ek baar kiya.
- Shaam se aaj saans bhari hai
beqarari si beqarari hai
aap ke baad har ghaddi ham ne
aap ke saath hi guzari hai
raat ko de do chandani ki rida
din ki chaadar abhi utari hai
shakh par koi qahqaha to khile
kaisi chup si chaman mein taari hai
kal ka har waqia tumhara tha
aaj ki dastan hamari hai
And hundreds of such Nazms, Shayaris, Songs and Ghazals have been written by this literary genius. Reading his work will definitely be an enriching and enlightening experience.