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Veteran film lyricist and director Gulzar has been chosen for Dadasaheb Phalke Award for the year 2013. The Dadasaheb Phalke Award is India’s highest award in cinema given annually by the Indian government for lifetime contribution to Indian cinema.

Gulzar was awarded the Padma Bhushan in 2004 for his contribution to the arts and the Sahitya Akademi Award in 2002. He has won a number of National Film Awards. At the 81st Academy Awards, he won the Academy Award for Best Original Song for “Jai Ho” (shared with A R Rahman), for the film Slumdog Millionaire. On 31 January 2010, the same song won him a Grammy Award in the category of Grammy Award for Best Song Written for a Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media.

A committee consisting eminent personalities from the Indian film industry is appointed to evaluate the award.

Introduced in 1969, the birth centenary year of Dadasaheb Phalke, considered as the father of Indian cinema, the award is given to recognise the contribution of film personalities towards the development of Indian cinema and for distinguished contribution to the medium, its growth and promotion.