So many films of his are a part of that collective memory shared by a family.
If my family remembers "Gol Maal" with great fondness, it's partly because that summer, our inseparable unit of four was changing form. It was the year my sister was going away to college. We sat on a dusty ground that hot night in May and watched the film under a starlit sky. All of us knew just how terrible it would be to not have sister around the house. But for those 3 hours, Ram Prasad Dashrath Prasad Sharma had the family in splits and it is that memory I'll always carry in my head.
The bio note in IMDB gets it exactly right when it says
"His magic lay not in the glamor or largeness so often associated with cinema, but in its simplicity and warmth."Here's the video of that song from Gol Maal, undoubtedly one of the finest Hindi lyrics from "new" Indian cinema. (Link to Youtube)
Neha remembers this song for different reasons and calls Gulzar, the songwriter, "halwa for the soul".