The Osian's Cinefan Film Festival is honored to present the 2009 Lifetime Achievement Award for Cinematic Contribution to noted lyricist-writer-director and poet, Gulzar. The presentation will take place on Saturday, 24 October 2009 at the Gala Opening Ceremony at Siri Fort in New Delhi in the presence of Chief Guest, Hon'ble Chief Minister of the Government of NCT of Delhi, Smt. Sheila Dikshit.
The Lifetime Achievement Award for Cinematic Contribution is the most prestigious Award presented by Osian's Cinefan and the heartfelt tribute focuses on Gulzar's creativity and contribution to entertainment that goes beyond cultural, linguistic and other boundaries. The eminent Film Director Mrinal Sen was the winner of the Award last year.
What is truly remarkable about Gulzar saab's work is the manner in which he has served as an inspiration for generations of audiences right down to the contemporary times. His films, dialogues and songs have swung from the romantic lyricism of a mora gora ang layi le
in BANDINI to that of the 1970s with AANDHI, PARICHAY and KINARA, to the youthful moods of a BUNTY AUR BABLI (2005), OMKARA (2006) and SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE (2008).
Today with his graceful humility he stands as a colossus of inspiration for writers, music directors and filmmakers, a beacon for those who want to trace the most radical edges of Indian social life, beyond the mundane and the stereotypical, in their cinemas.
It is now half a century since Sampooran Singh 'Gulzar' has been an institution of Indian cinema. A renowned poet in his own right (winner of the Sahitya Akademi Award in 2002), Gulzar's contribution to the history of Indian cinema has also been to infuse a sense of poetry and wistful contemplation about the complexities of human life - as a writer of films, as a director and as a writer of songs.
A master of Indian languages, dialects and poetic idioms, the performance traditions of Gulzar's cinematic work is committed to the idioms of language, music and human relationships that he feels lend the right tone to quietly dignified and passionate lives in the midst of historical and social chaos. His ability to trace his pre-occupations in a sensitive manner through a range of film subjects - politics, social drama or distinctive cultural worlds is without parallel in the history of Hindi cinema.
Gulzar saab will hold his Life Time Achievement Awadee's Masterclass as part of OLE (Osian's Learning Experience) on the History of the Hindi Film Lyrics on Sunday, 25th October at Siri Fort.
Also, as part of the exciting NewStream panel discussions being held during the festival, he will be in dialogue with Vishal Bhardwaj and the crew of KAMINEY.