Did you know that Indian poet and lyricist Gulzar’s birth name is Sampooran Singh Kalra.
Before becoming an established writer, Sampooran worked in Mumbai as a car mechanic in a garage. His father rebuked him from becoming a writer saying “As a writer you will have to depend on your brothers”. He took the pen name Gulzar after becoming an author.
Gulzar started his career as a songwriter with music director Sachin Dev Burman for the film Bandini (1963) with the lyrics of the song “Mora Gora Ang Layle” (Rest of lyrics in the film are written by Shailendra)
Attached is the link to the song:
Reference – Wikipedia on Gulzar
Saba M Bashir (author of 'ISwallowed the Moon: The Poetry of Gulzar) said:
There are 2 factual errors in this piece – Gulzar sb worked in a car garage in Bombay and not in Delhi. He did not have the pen name – Gulzar Deenvi. It has always been just ‘Gulzar’. He himself says so.
We appreciate your input and will make the change in our content. Our source is usually the written texts but if you have received the information from Gulzar Saab itself then it must be accurate. Thanks for bringing it to our notice.