Gulzar is one of the most respected and loved film and literary personalities of India. He is a veteran poet, lyricist, writer and director. He has written close to 1000 songs, besides writing and directing several iconic films, including Mere Apne, Koshish, Mausam, Aandhi, Angoor, Ijaazat and Maachis. He has also published books of poetry and collections of short stories—which have been translated from the original Urdu into Bengali, Marathi, Hindi, English and other languages—and a novel in English, Two.