Gulshan Kumar Mehta

Gulshan Kumar Mehta

Gulshan Kumar Mehta

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Gulshan Kumar Mehta, popularly known by his pen name Gulshan Bawra ("Gulshan the madman") (c. 1937-August 7, 2009) was an Indian songwriter, He was born in Sheikhupura. His father had a construction business. During the India-Pakistan partition he was caught up in rioting and he witnessed his parents' death. His elder sister subsequently raised him and his elder brother in Jaipur. He then moved to Delhi where he graduated from Delhi University. During college, he began to write poetry.

He wanted to make a career in the Indian film industry but at the time knew nobody in Mumbai film world which is at the center of Indian cinema. He had to do something for a living so he applied for a job with the Railways & was posted to Kota which was then in Rajasthan but when he arrived there, the vacancy was filled. His next call was for the post of clerk in Mumbai, where he arrived in 1955.

He got a Filmfare award for the lyrics of the song " Yaari hai Imaan mera, yaar meri zindagi" from the movie - Zanjeer.

He died on August 7, 2009 at age 72.


Gulshan Kumar Mehta, popularly known as Gulshan Bawra was born 30 km from Lahore in a place called Sheikhupura. His father had a construction business. His family was a victim to the partition riots where young Gulshan saw his parents being killed in front of his eyes. His elder...
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