In 1963 during the making of “Bandini” by Bimal Roy Shailendra who was writing the lyrics for the songs had an altercation with music director SD Burman. The great Burman Dada then refused to work with Shailendra. All songs except one were already penned down by Shailendra. A worried Bimal Roy was told about a Sikh gentleman Sampuran Singh Kalra, a motor car mechanic who had migrated from Pakistan & was looking for a chance to write lyrics. Reluctantly and with much less to expect desperate Bimal Roy agreed to meet him.
So Sampuran Singh was entertained and given the scene and story line. He then wrote his first film song which was sung by Lata Mangeshkar and the lyrics were “Mora Gora rang layle,” With chance to write Just one song the gentleman had put all his mind and soul into it. The song was a mega hit and is still appreciated by music lovers.
Thus a living legend was born!! Later Sampuran Singh Kalra changed his name and became Gulzar Deenvi whom we know as the legend “Gulzar”!
For his immense contribution to Indian Cinema Gulzar was awarded with Padma Bhushan , the third-highest civilian award in India, and Dadasaheb Phalke award,the highest award in Indian cinema. He has won several Indian National film awards and at International level Academy Award and one Grammy Award for best song for his original composition song Jai Ho !