B.H.Harsh wrote on 11 Aug 2008
Majrooh Sultanpuri (real name Asrar ul Hassan Khan) was born on Oct 1, 1919. His father was a Sub-inspector. He studied Arab and Persian in Aligarh, and then went to Lucknow to study Medicine at Takmeel-ut-tib college. At one of the mushairas at Sultanpur, Majrooh got a lot of praise for his ghazal which made Majrooh drop his medical practise and take poetry as a profession.
In 1945, Majrooh Sultanpuri came to Bombay where he met Film producer A.R.Kardar who was very impressed with Majrooh’s poetry. He offered Majrooh to write for his film, and after initial hesitance Majrooh Sultanpuri agreed and was signed for Shah Jehan (1946). Shah Jehan’s songs became very song, esp. the song “Jab Dil Hi Toot Gaya…” became a cult classic. Then Majrooh penned songs for Mehboob Khan’s Andaz (1949), which again were a huge success. Majrooh Sultanpuri didn’t look back after that.
Majrooh Sultanpuri was one of the most famous hindi film lyricists in the 50s. He wrote romantic and light songs for popular films like Aar Paar (1954), Dilli Ka Thug (1955), Chalti Ka Naam Gaadi (1958), Tumsa Nahi Dekha (1959), C.I.D. (1956), Paying Guest (1957) etc. Most of his penned songs were popular. Although he was not poetic in his songs, but was famous lyricist anyways. With his songs for Dosti (1964), Majrooh Sultanpuri was it his lyrical best. But Majrooh Sultanpuri became a top-notch lyricist with his songs for Teesri Kasam (1966) and Teesri Manzil (1966).
With Teesri Manzil, Majrooh also became a permanent lyricist for Nasir Hussain and went on to write for all his popular films like Caravan (1971), Yaadon Ki Baarat (1973), Hum Kisisi Kam Nahin (1977) and Jamaane Ko Dikhaana Hai (1981). All these films had mindblowing songs and Majrooh Sultanpuri had a major hand in the success of these films. In between, He wrote many soulful songs for Pakeejah (1972), Abhimaan (1973), Anamika (1973), Dharam Karam (1975) and Kudrat (1981). When the trend of romantic films began again with Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak (1988), it was Majrooh’s youthful lyrics that made the film even more youthful. Majrooh saab kept up with the changing times and wrote peppy and younthful songs for films like Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikander (1992), Kabhi Haan Kabhi Naa (1993), Akele Hum Akele Tum (1995), Khamoshi (1996), Pukar (2000) and One 2 ka 4 (2001).
On May 24, 2000 Majrooh Sultanpuri passed away due to lung disease.
Majrooh Sultanpuri was awarded the Dada Saheb Phalke award in 1993. He went to jail in 1950 for writing anti-Nehru poems.