Kailash Kher : The Most Earthy Voice

Kailash Kher

Kailash Kher


Allah Ke Bande Hasde, Allah Ke Bande
Allah Ke Bande Hasde
Jo Bhi Ho Kal Phir Aayega

Kailash Kher – A voice that is raw, earthiest and may be the closest to any pure form of soul. ‘Allah Ke Bande’ is one of his best renditions that topped the charts back in 2003. Composed by Vishal-Shekhar, it is a beautiful devotional musical piece from ‘Waisa Bhi Hota Hai’ that would touch the hearts of many.

Kailash Kher was born on 7th of July 1973 in Meerut of Uttar Pradesh. His father Pandit Maher Singh Kher was a traditional folk singer from whom Kailash learnt his initial music. At an young age of 14, he abandoned the comforts of home and came down to Delhi in search of a competent ‘guru’ in order to learn music. After a brief association with almost 15 ‘gurus’, he decided to leave for Mumbai.

He did learn and teach music to young students at the same time to earn his livelihood. He was greatly inspired by the classical maestros like Pandit Bhimshen Joshi, Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, Pandit Gokulotsav Maharaj, whom he listened to very frequently in order to learn from their renditions.

Kailash Kher

Kailash Kher

He started off soon with a saree export business with one of his friends. After a brief success followed by an unfortunate failure in 1999, he gave up business and again decided to give a chance to his music. He then came back to Delhi to complete his graduation only to return back to Mumbai in 2001.

During his early struggling days, Kailash Kher spent his nights at the Andheri railway station and took up petty musical works that came in his way.

Soon he was introduced by a common friend to Ram Sampat, who gave him a chance to sing a jingle for a television commercial. Later, he went on to sing more jingles for commercials of Coca Cola, Honda Motor Cycles, Pepsi and many more.

Kailash Kher

Kailash Kher

He got an opportunity to playback for Nadeem-Shravan for the film ‘Andaaz’ in 2003. ‘Rabba Ishq Na Hove’ with Alka Yagnik brought him under spotlight. The same year with the release of ‘Allah Ke Bande’, he reached the height of fame and popularity overnight.

The fervor of ‘Allah Ke Bande’ enchanted A. R. Rahman to the extent that he made Kailash Kher sing for him in ‘Swades’ in 2004. ‘Yun Hi Chala Chal Rahi’ from ‘Swades’ was sung by Kailash Kher along with Udit Narayan and Hariharan. His first music director Ram Sampath called him during the same year to render the song ‘Mere Maula’ along with Richa Sharma for Rajkumar Santoshi’s ‘Khakee’.

His high pitched and raw voice was used extensively by Aadesh Shrivastav for ‘Rang Deeni’ from ‘Dev’. He rendered the song beautifully along with Mahua Kamat and Shraddha Pandit  and the song went on to become a huge hit of 2004.

Kailash Kher with A. R. Rahman

Kailash Kher with A. R. Rahman

In 2005, A. R Rahman again roped him in to sing the title track ‘Mangal Mangal’ for Ketan Mehta’s Aamir Khan starring ‘Mangal Pandey’. Jatin-Lalit used his voice along with Shaan in the song ‘Chaand Sifaarish’ from ‘Fanaa’. The lines ‘Subhan Allah…Subhan Allah’ in between the song were rendered by Kailash Kher. Anu Malik too offered him with ‘Toot Gaya’ from the Amitabh Bachchan and Akshay Kumat starring ‘Waqt’.

He also worked with Pritam in ‘Chocolate’ in 2005 and sang the song ‘Jhuki Jhuki’ along with Sunidhi Chauhan.

‘Yeh Duniya Oot Patanga, Kite Hath Te Kite Tanga, Ate Kukdi Dindi Baanga, Ede Chakde Phatte’

– A solo number of Kailash Kher from ‘Khosla Ka Ghosla’. The song went on to become a super hit at the charts in 2006. The peppy track by Kailash Kher would stupefy anyone. It is composed and sung with a mix of Hindi and Punjabi flavour and is a stupendous piece by Kailash Kher.

Khosla Ka Ghosla (Poster)

Khosla Ka Ghosla (Poster)

‘O Sikander’ from ‘Corporate’ in 2006 and ‘Ya Rabba’ from ‘Salaam-E-Ishq’ in 2007 were also huge hits at the charts. Both the songs are different in terms of genres and became very popular among the masses.

A Lyricist and Composer:

‘Ankhiyan Teriya Ve’ from Karan Johar’s ‘Kaal’ was penned by Kailash Kher. He not only sang the song but also holds the credit for the lyrics. He also went on to write lyrics for ‘Chandni Chowk To China’, ‘Dasvidaniyaan’ and ‘Traffic Signal’. He rendered the songs ‘Dilruba’ and ‘Albela Saajna’ from ‘Traffic Signal’ too.
He also composed the songs of the super hit movie ‘Dasvidaniyaan’. ‘Alvida’ and ‘Mumma’ from ‘Dasvidaniyaan’ were rendered by Kailash Kher while he made Sonu Nigam render the song ‘Muskura’ in the movie. In ‘Chandni Chowk To China’, he composed the songs ‘Chak Lein De’ and ‘S.I.D.H.U’ along with Paresh and Naresh and rendered for the same.


Kailash Kher's album 'Kailasa'

Kailash Kher’s album ‘Kailasa’

Kailash Kher also holds credit for four major successful albums through the years. His first album ‘Kailasa’ was released in 2006. The famous song ‘Teri Deewani’ from ‘Kailasa’ was a massive hit and the album went on to become one of the best selling albums of the year. The name ‘Kailasa’ was inspired from the name of the band that Kailash Kher earlier found with his two friends Paresh and Naresh in Delhi.

His second album ‘Jhoomo Re’ in 2007 was also another successful album from his kit. ‘Saiyyan’, ‘Babam Bum’, Chhap Tilak’ are the songs that became immensely popular among the audiences.

Cover of the album 'Chaandan Mein' by Kailash Kher

Cover of the album ‘Chaandan Mein’ by Kailash Kher

His third album ‘Chaandan Mein’ in 2009 and fourth alum ‘Rangeele’ in 2012 were equally successful and they all became chart toppers during their respective years.

His versatile voice makes him different from the rest of the singers. Today, he is one of those singers in Bollywood who refines the folk genre of music and instills a natural earthy feel among the music lovers.

KK : The Singing Sensation



Dil Kyun Yeh Mera Shor Kare
Idhar Nahi Udhar Nahi…Teri Ore Chale

The song created a rage at the chart busters when Rakesh Roshan’s ‘Kites’ released in 2010. One of the best numbers by KK, it is almost impossible to ignore the enchanting effect of the song rendered beautifully by the incomparable voice of KK.

Originally known as Krishnakumar Kunnath, KK was born on the 23rd of August in 1968 at Trichur of Kerala to C. S Nair and Kanakavalli. He completed his schooling from Delhi and is a respected alumnus of Delhi Mount St. Mary’s School.



He graduated from Delhi University in commerce and chose to work as a marketing executive in the hospitality industry. After a few months, he left his job to travel to Mumbai.

Before starting off as a major playback singer, he sang numerous jingles for ad campaigns through many years. His first jingle was offered to him by UTV. He is forever indebted to Leslie Lewis for giving him the first opportunity to lend his voice to jingles. He has almost 3,500 jingles to his credit.

KK got his first playback opportunity for a southern film. A. R. Rahman gave him his first break in Tamil film ‘Kadal Desam’ in 1996 and then in Rajiv Menon’s ‘Minsara Kanavu’ in 1997.

KK at recording studio

KK at recording studio

He got his first Hindi playback break when Vishal Bharadwaj gave him a chance to lend his voice for Gulzar’s ‘Maachis’. He sang the song ‘Chod Aaye Hum Woh Galiyaan’ along with Hariharan, Suresh Wadkar and Vinod Sehgal. But his major success came when music director Ismail Darbar chose him to sing ‘Tadap Tadap Ke Iss Dil Mein’ for Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s ‘Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam’ in 1999.

‘Tadap Tadap Ke Iss Dil Mein’ picturised on Salman Khan topped the charts and is still been regarded as the most suitable song to depict pain of separation. It is still played widely on radio programmes and television serials. It is one of those immortal songs of KK which is almost unforgettable.

Tushar Kapoor and Kareena Kapoor in 'Mujhe Kuch Kehna Hai'

Tushar Kapoor and Kareena Kapoor in ‘Mujhe Kuch Kehna Hai’

In 2001, Anu Malik gave him the title song of the movie ‘Mujhe Kuch Kehna Hai’ starring Kareena Kapoor and Tushar Kapoor. Surprisingly, the movie was a hit at the box office and so was the music at the chart busters. KK’s unconventional and radiating voice gave a unique sound to the song that expressed the feelings of evolving love beautifully.

KK With Shaan

KK With Shaan

‘Sach Keh Raha Hai Dil Deewana, Dil Na Kisi Se Lagaana’ was another chart topper in the year of 2001. Music director Harris Jayaraj’s composition and KK’s voice created magic with the song for the movie ‘Rehna Hai Tere Dil Mein’.

KK’s has proven his versatility with almost all genres of songs. His most hit rock song would be ‘Bardaasht Nahi Kar Sakta’ composed by Himesh Reshammiya in 2002 for the movie ‘Humraaz’. Filmed on Akshay Khanna and Ameesha Patel, the song became a rage for the youngsters.

Main Prem Ki Deewani Hoon1 (Poster)

Main Prem Ki Deewani Hoon1 (Poster)

By 2003, KK became a regular singer in Bollywood. His voice was used by every music directors by this time and he was chosen as the main leading singer for soundtracks for major movies. He became the main voice of Hrithik Roshan in Sooraj Barjatiya’s ‘Main Prem Ki Deewani Hun’. Although the movie failed commercially but Anu Malik’s music turned out to be super hit. KK’s songs ‘Teri Zindagi Mein Chali Aayi’ with Chitra and a solo ‘Ladka Yeh Kehta Hai Ladki Se’ became very popular.

‘Awarapan Banjarapan’ from Mahesh Bhatt’s ‘Jism’ again hit the charts in 2003. Composed by M. M. Kreem, the slow and sensuous piece by KK was hugely appreciated by the audiences. He also went on to sing ‘Tu Aashiqui Hai’ from ‘Jhankar Beats’ in the same year. With composers Vishal-Shekhar, ‘Tu Aashiqui Hai’ was another stupendous hit by KK.

KK today is a mainstream leading singer of not only Bollywood but he has track record of being a successful singer in Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam and Kannad industry too.

Cover of 'Pal' by KK

Cover of ‘Pal’ by KK

In 1999, he released his first album ‘Pal’. Composed by Leslie Lewis and lyrics written by Mehboob, ‘Pal’ was an instant success. KK became an overnight popular singer with the release of the album. His songs ‘Yaaron’, ‘Aap Ki Dua’, ‘Dil Se Mat Khel’, ‘Pal’, and ‘Ishara’ all are hit numbers from the album.

‘Tu Hi Meri Shab Hai’ composed by Pritam for Mahesh Bhatt’s ‘Gangster’ in 2006 is another memorable song by KK. The slow and soft song would impress any listener. Pritam and KK’s association again presented ‘Labon Ko Labon Se Chura Lo’ and ‘Allah Hafiz’ from Priyadarshan’s ‘Bhool Bhulaiya’ in 2007. ‘Labon Ko Labon Se Churaa Lo’ is another beautiful musical piece by KK.

Emraan Hashmi and Kangana Ranaut in 'Tu Hi Meri Shab Hai' from 'Gangster'

Emraan Hashmi and Kangana Ranaut in ‘Tu Hi Meri Shab Hai’ from ‘Gangster’

‘Aankhon Mein Teri Ajab Si Ajab Si Adaayen Hain’ from Shahrukh Khan’s ‘Om Shanti Om’ became hugely popular in 2007. Composed by Vishal-Shekhar, this romantic piece went on to set records at the charts.

Shahrukh Khan and Deepika Padukone in 'Aankhon Mein Teri' From 'Om Shanti Om'

Shahrukh Khan and Deepika Padukone in ‘Aankhon Mein Teri’ From ‘Om Shanti Om’

‘Zara Sa Dil Mein De Jagah Tu’ and ‘Haan Tu Hai’ are two unforgettable tracks by KK. The evergreen tracks became all-time hits at the chart busters. Composed by Pritam for the movie ‘Jannat’, the two romantic and soulful songs are as enchanting as ever.

Hrithik Roshan And Barbara Morie in 'Kites'

Hrithik Roshan And Barbara Mori in ‘Kites’

In 2010, Rajesh Roshan called him to be the major singer in Roshan’s big ticket project ‘Kites’. He rendered ‘Zindagi Do Pal Ki’ and ‘Dil Kyun Yeh Mera Shor Kare’ for Hrithik Roshan again and the songs were smashing hits topping the charts all the way again.



KK In His Album 'Humsafar'

KK In His Album ‘Humsafar’

KK turned a composer with his second album ‘Humsafar’ in 2008. ‘Humsafar’ has distinct compositions and flawless fusion of rock, pop, romance and even Bengali baul notes can be found in it. KK’s 13 year old son Nakul recorded his debut song ‘Masti’ along with his father in this album.

His unique voice undeniably suits songs of all genres and pitches. He is one of the most loved singer of today’s generation. He continues to playback for various songs and provides hits after hits at the chart-busters.

Ibrahim Ashq : Who Penned To Blend Tradition And Trend


Ibrahim Ashq

Ibrahim Ashq

Dil Mera Har Baar Yeh Sunne Ko Beqaraar Hai
Kaho Naa Pyar Hai…
In Pyaari Baaton Mein Anjaana Iqraar Hai
Kaho Naa Pyar Hai…

Kaho Na Pyar Hai (Poster)

Kaho Na Pyar Hai (Poster)

The song is archived in the memory of a millions of audiences since the year of 2000. The soundtrack of ‘Kaho Naa Pyar Hai’ not only did set records but also broke all the established records of almost 50 years that were glowing at the charts. The movie gifted Bollywood with a super star in the form of Hrithik Roshan and also paved a way for Ibrahim Ashq to mark his strong presence as a lyricist in Bollywood. He is a celebrated poet as well who has published numerous of his acclaimed poetic accounts.

Ibrahim Ashq is one of the eminent lyricists of Bollywood yet he is much more known for his literary works outside the film world. After delivering lyrics for the all time record breaking blockbuster ‘Kaho Na Pyar Hai’, he regrets for not being able to write more for films due to the current trending music which doesn’t have any space for meaningful lyrics.

Saadhu Jaisi Saadhna, Pandit Jaisa Gyaan
Raja Jaise Raas Hai, Shaayar Ki Pehchaan

Ibrahim Ashq was born as Ibrahim Khan Gauri on the 20th of July 1951 at Badnagar in Ujjain (Madhya Pradesh). After completing his masters in Hindi literature from the University of Indore, he joined the Daily Indore Samachar and served there for almost 4 years. Later he worked in Shama/Sushma Hindi magazine for 6 years and 2 years in the Sarita monthly publication.

In 1971, he came to Mumbai accompanied by his mother and sister with only Rs 400 in pocket. As he stepped in Bombay Central, he knew that the journey ahead is going to be hard.

Manzil Manzil Kya Kare, Manzil Peeche Chod
Dhunde Har Manzil Tujhe Itna Aage Daud

Ibrahim Ashq With Lata Mangeshkar

Ibrahim Ashq With Lata Mangeshkar (Image Courtesy: ibrahimashk.com)

After spending a considerable amount of time in Delhi as a noted journalist, Ibrahim Ashq decided to try his hands in Mumbai. His dream was to become a poet and lyricist in Bollywood. The budding poet aspired to deliver shayari that would be of the stature and standard set by Sahir Ludhianvi and Shakeel Badayuni. He did taste success but the evolving form of music never inspired him to deliver with satisfying words.


Hasaate Ho Rulaate Ho
Hamesha Tum Sataate Ho
Jo Ruthe To Manaate Ho
Manaa Kar Dil Dukhaate Ho
Deewane Ho Humein Bhi Tum
Deewana Kyun Banaate Ho
Hasaate Ho Rulaate Ho

Yeh Tera Ghar Yeh Mera Ghar

Yeh Tera Ghar Yeh Mera Ghar

Penned by Ibrahim Ashq and rendered by Alka Yagnik and Abhijeet Sawant, the song was composed by Anand-Milind for the movie ‘Yeh Tera Ghar Yeh Mera Ghar’. The light and heart touching words of the song perfectly portrays the emotions of one seeking an answer to resolve the puzzle while getting deeply entangled with the roots of love. Ibrahim Ashq’s words effortlessly creates an overwhelming impression here with these lyrics.

Kyun Chalti Hai Pawan
Kyun Jhoome Hai Gagan
Kyun Machalta Hai Mann
Na Tum Jaano Na Hum

Composed by Rajesh Roshan ‘Na Tum Jaano Na Hum’ turned out to be one big ticket song for singer Lucky Ali in Rakesh Roshan’s ‘Kaho Naa Pyar Hai’. The soothing melody along with the soulful words blending with the urge of passion became immensely popular among the masses. The phrase of ‘Na Tum Jaano Na Hum’ became so very popular that in the later years another movie of Hrithik Roshan was titled by the same phrase.

Ibrahim Ashq With Rakesh Roshan, Hrithik Roshan And Rajesh Roshan

Ibrahim Ashq With Rakesh Roshan, Hrithik Roshan And Rajesh Roshan (Image Coutesy: ibrahimashk.com)


 Mann Chaliya, Mann Chor Hai, Mann Hi Rajkumar
Mann Sadhu, Mann Devta, Mann Ke Roop Hazaar

Ibrahim Ashq started off his journey with traditional shayari in 1962 during the Indo-Sino war. The promising journalist from Delhi penned his first ever composition out of the nationalist feelings that took over his mind. The patriotism that started off the journey is still continuing and today he can be found in almost all the genres and form of poetry.

Meri Jaan, Meri Jaan, Meri Jaan

Duniya Yeh Kaisi Duniya
Jhoote Takraar Ki Duniya
Chaahat Ko Kahaan Samjhegi
Dushman Yeh Pyaar Ki Duniya

The emotions of pain and grief are clearly depicted through the song of ‘Meri Jaan‘ from ‘Aap Mujhe Ache Lagne Lage’. KK’s voice added to the fervent of the song and made it a slow but a stunning piece to listen to. Even the title track ‘Mohabbat Ki Haseen Shuruwaat Ho Gayi, Meri Duniya, Mere Sapne Ab Sajne Lage, Ke Aap Mujhe Ache Lagne Lage’ became widely popular at the time of its release.

Hrithik Roshan And Preity Zinta in 'Idhar Chala Main Udhar Chala' from 'Koi Mil Gaya' (Image Courtesy: filmkraftproductions.in)

Hrithik Roshan And Preity Zinta in ‘Idhar Chala Main Udhar Chala’ from ‘Koi Mil Gaya’ (Image Courtesy: filmkraftproductions.in)

Idhar Chala Main Udhar Chala
Jaane Kahaan Main Kidhar Chala
Arre Phisal Gaya, Yeh Tune Kya Kiya

This whimsical piece from ‘Koi Mil Gaya’ did hit the chart busters almost immediately. Composed by Rajesh Roshan, the song is another beautiful piece by Ibrahim Ashq proving his versatility. The title track of ‘Khwabon Khayalo Khwashio Ko Chehra Mila, Mere Hone Ka Matlab Mila, Koi Mil Gaya…’ was also widely appreciated.

Koi Mil Gaya (Image Courtesy: filmkraftproductions.in)

Hrithik Roshan and Preity Zinta in ‘Koi Mil Gaya’ (Image Courtesy: filmkraftproductions.in)

He also penned lyrics for ‘Janasheen’, ‘Dhund’, ‘Black and White’, ‘Koi Mere Dil Se Pooche’ and many more.

Ibrahim Ashq published several books with his poetic collection over the years. In 1991, he wrote ‘Ilham’ followed by ‘Aagahi’ in 1996, ‘Karbala’ in 1998 and ‘Andaaz-E-Bayaan’ in 2001.

He received the Uttar Pradesh Urdu Academy Award in 1991, All India Benzer Award in 1992, Maharashtra Hindi Patrakaar Sangh Award for Best Lyricist in 2000, The Hindi-Urdu Sahitya Academy Award in 2004, Kabir Samman in 2003 in Madhya Pradesh, Star Dust Awards for Best Lyricist in 2004. His list of awards would go on and on with endless honours conferred on him till date.

Ibrahim Ashq being felicitated At IFFTAC (Image Courtesy: ifftac.org)

Ibrahim Ashq being felicitated at IFFTAC (Image Courtesy: ifftac.org)

Insaano Ke Beech Mein Jo Karta Hai Bhed
Sabse Bada Gawaar Hai Wo Padhkar Bhi Ved

Ibrahim Ashq has penned against the superstitious beliefs and orthodox religious nature with strong words that has divided and wounded our nation on different occasions.

Padhkar Ved Quran Bhi Rahe Adharmi Log
Nadaano Ke Vaaste Mazhab Hai Ek Rog

His love towards the nation made him hold the pen for the first time and thus patriotism gave birth to a nationalistic poet who has evolved over time and now holds the prestige of writing ghazals, dohas, nazms and rubai. Ibrahim Ashq remains to be an accomplished poet who has blended tradition with trend with changing times and evolving audiences.

Bambai Delhi Kalkatta Mera Hai
Watan Ka Har Chappa Chappa Mera Hai
Maine Apna Sab Kuch Jiske Naam Kiya
Ashq Woh Hindustan Mera Hai

S. H. Bihari : The Forgotten Master Of Romance

S. H. Bihari

S. H. Bihari

Ye Chaand Sa Roshan Chehra, Zulfon Ka Rang Sunehra
Ye Jheel Si Neeli Aankhen, Koi Raaz Hain Inmein Gehra
Taarif Karu Kya Uski, Jisne Tumhe Banaaya

Shammi Kapoor and Sharmila Tagore from 'Kashmir Ki Kali'

Shammi Kapoor and Sharmila Tagore from ‘Kashmir Ki Kali’

These lyrics are frequently identified by everyone. We instantly do remember the jovial Shammi Kapoor and the beautiful Sharmila Tagore in ‘Kashmir Ki Kali’ whenever we hear this song. We also recognise the breezy voice of Mohammad Rafi while listening to it. But sadly, with the passage of time, we have forgotten the brilliant lyricist who penned the unforgettable words of this song. Shamsul Huda Bihari or popularly known as S. H. Bihari was a lyricist in Bollywood who penned innumerable popular lyrics for almost three decades in the film industry.

S. H. Bihari was born at the city of Arrah in the Bhojpur district of Bihar. Being fluent in Hindi, Urdu and Bengali, he composed lyrics that were mostly romantic in nature.
After completing his graduation from the Presidency college (currently Presidency University) of Calcutta, he joined a rubber factory as an assistant manager. He was brought into the creative world by the eminent composer Anil Biswas, who had a knack for searching young budding lyricists for his compositions.

The first song that he penned down was ‘Main Ek Choti Si Chingari’ from ‘Ladli’ in 1949. The song was featured in the movie with the female antagonist and it didn’t click much with the audiences. But his second attempt brought him the recognition that he was looking for. He finally got the opportunity to write for Sashadhar Mukherjee’s ‘Shart’ in 1954 which was his most awaited big break.

The Struggling Days:

During the early struggling days in Bombay, Raja Mehdi Ali Khan discovered a depressed and worried Bihari with no work in hand. He took him to a religious baba in order to find a solution. The holy man gifted him with a silver coin and instructed to tie it on his arm. Later, he went to meet Sashadhar Mukherjee at his place with the silver coin tied as advised. He kept on waiting for Mukherjee whole day without getting any glance of him. Mukherjee wasn’t at home and soon he started to starve for food.

A starving Bihari went to a nearby store and fed himself after selling off the silver coin. He returned back to Mukherjee’s residence and this time he found Sashadhar Mukherjee standing right in front of the gate. He went closer to him and greeted him with a salaam to which Mukherjee didn’t respond.

A stubborn Bihari still didn’t leave, seeing which Sasadhar Mukherjee asked him, “Kya bechte ho?”. S. H. Bihari gave a warm smile and replied, “Dil ke tukde bechta hun”. His witty answer impressed Mukherjee and soon he landed up at Filmistan as the lyrics writer for their upcoming release ‘Shart’. Even if the silver coin failed to deliver its magic, Bihari’s creative mind performed its level best to impress the ace film maker Sashadhar Mukherjee.

‘Na Yeh Chand Hoga’, ‘Dekho Woh Chand Chupke’, ‘Mohabbat Mein Meri Tarah’, ‘Jana Na Chodke’ all were popular tracks by S. H. Bihari from ‘Shart’. The composer for the movie was Hemant Kumar and all his songs were sung by the star singers like Geeta Dutt, Lata Mangeshkar, Asha Bhosle and Hemant Kumar himself.

Unforgettable Lyrics:

A Clip of 'Kajra Mohabbat Waala' from 'Kismat'

A Clip of ‘Kajra Mohabbat Waala’ from ‘Kismat’

Kajra Mohabbat Waala Ankhiyo Mein Aisa Daala
Kajre Ne Le Li Meri Jaan, Haye Re Main Tere Qurban

Remember this gleeful track from ‘Kismat’? This is one of the songs written by S. H. Bihari that is residing in our hearts since years. Composed by O. P. Nayyar, this super hit track was rendered by Shamshad Begum and Asha Bhosle. ‘Aankhon Mein Qayamat Ke Kaajal, ‘One Two Three Baby’ and ‘Laakhon Hain Yahaan Dilwaale’ are other notable tracks written by S. H. Bihari for ‘Kismat’.


A Clip of Rajendra Kumar from 'Kaun Hai Jo Sapno Mein Aaya' from the movie 'Jhuk Gaya Aasmaan'

A Clip of Rajendra Kumar from ‘Kaun Hai Jo Sapno Mein Aaya’ from the movie ‘Jhuk Gaya Aasmaan’

Kaun Hai Jo Sapno Mein Aaya
Kaun Hai Jo Dil Mein Samaaya
Lo Jhuk Gaya Aasmaan Bhi
Ishq Mera Rang Laaya
O Priya, O Priya

Does Mohammad Rafi’s voice while reading the above lyrics already ringing in your ears? These passionate and romantic lyrics were penned by S. H. Bihari and composed by Shankar-Jaikishan for the movie ‘Jhuk Gaya Aasmaan’.

Biswajeet and Sharmila Tagore in 'Yahi Woh Jagah Hai' from 'Yeh Raat Phir Na Aayegi'

Biswajeet and Sharmila Tagore in ‘Yahi Woh Jagah Hai’ from ‘Yeh Raat Phir Na Aayegi’

Yahi Woh Jagah Hai, Yahi Woh Fiza Hai,
Yahiin Par Kabhi Aap Humse Mile The

The soulful song from ‘Yeh Raat Phir Na Aayegi’ never fails to stir the hearts of the listeners. Asha Bhosle’s brilliant rendition and O. P. Nayyar’s incomparable composition is remembered by everyone. But the song would not have been as brilliant as it is without S. H. Bihari’s effective lyrics. ‘Phir Miloge Is Baat Ka Vaada Kar Lo’ is another beautiful track from the same movie. The entire soundtrack of ‘Yeh Raat Phir Na Aayegi’ is something which should not be missed by the music lovers.

S. H. Bihari faced some really deafening difficulties while penning down the lyrics of a song from ‘Mohabbat Zindagi hai’.

Once in a recording studio in presence of O. P. Nayyar and Asha Bhosle, an unsatisfied Bihari started doubting his own poetic skills. Asha Bhosle took him to a nearby hotel and ordered a cup of tea. Over the cup of tea, she encouraged and assured him about his potentials as a lyricist. Her words inspired him to come up with wonderful lyrics later for the movie ‘Mohabbat Zindagi Hai’.

‘Raaton Ko Chori Chori Bole Mera Kangna’, ‘Na Jaane Kyun’, ‘Mehfil Mein’, ‘Tumhari Mulaqat Se’, ‘Tum Sabse Se Haseen Ho’, ‘Kya Cheeze Ho Zaalim’ are some of the most liked songs from the film.

Many of his contemporary songs are bound to be loved by the new generation audiences as well. ‘Zaraa Haule Haule Chalo Mere Saajna’ from ‘Saawan Ki Ghataa’ is a timeless song for all ages.

‘Jaane Anjaane Log Mile, Magar Na Koi Mila Apna’, ‘Zulfon Ko Hataa Le Chehre Se’, ‘Ikraar Kare Kis Se, Inkaar Kare Kis Ko’, ‘Mere Dil Mein Kya Hai’, ‘Tumse Milkar Na Jaane’ are all exceptional songs written by S. H. Bihari.

S. H. Bihari has penned lyrics that mostly belong to the romantic genre. He has worked with almost all the contemporary composers but his lyrics were best fitted to O. P Nayyar’s tunes. The Nayyar-Bihari pair has done wonders and created marvelling music that are bound to amaze the young generation listeners as well.

S. H. Bihari is a forgotten lyricist today. But his work and his words are unforgettable. He will always be the all time modern romantic lyricist.

Pandit Narendra Sharma : The Father Of Vividh Bharti

Pandit Narendra Sharma

Pandit Narendra Sharma

Pandit Narendra Sharma was a preeminent littérateur who has penned unforgettable poems, literature and lyrics. He was proficient in Hindi, Urdu and English and was also an Ayurved scholar. He was the man who evolved the face of All India Radio during its drowning stage by establishing Vividh Bharti and generated listeners that went upto an amount of almost 35 crores.

Ishwar Satya Hai
Satya Hi Shiv Hai
Shiv Hi Sundar Hai
Jaago Uth Kar Dekho
Jeevan Jyot Ujaagar Hai
Satyam Shivam Sundaram
Satyam Shivam Sundaram

It is practically impossible for any Indian to forget and not recognise this song from Raj Kapoor’s ‘Satyam Shivam Sundaram’. Composed by Laxmikant-Pyarelal and rendered by Lata Mangeshkar, this song is embedded in the minds of millions of music lovers. It is still one of the most widely played songs all over India.

A Clip From 'Satyam Shivam Sundaram' Starring Shashi Kapoor and Zeenat Aman

A Clip From ‘Satyam Shivam Sundaram’ Starring Shashi Kapoor and Zeenat Aman

The divine and immaculate lyrics of this song were penned by none other than Pandit Narendra Sharma. The beauty of truth, goodness and virtue is expressed brilliantly by this pure form of lyrics by him. Raj Kapoor’s vision to spread about the importance of ‘Inner Beauty’ through this movie is beautifully articulated through the devotional lyrics of the song.

Pandit Narendra Sharma was born on 28th of February 1913 in the Jahangirpur district of Uttar Pradesh. He completed his Masters in English Literature from the Allahabad University and went on to publish the Abyudhyay newspaper in 1934. He didn’t have a blissful childhood as he lost his father at the tender age of four.

In 1943, he came down to Mumbai (previously Bombay) along with Bhagwati Charan Verma. He wrote for the first time in the Bombay Talkies’ production ‘Humaari Baat’. Composed by Anil Biswas and rendered by Parul Ghosh for Devika Rani, the song ‘Main Unki Ban Jaaun Re’ was an instant hit song among the masses. But his biggest break was yet to come.

Jwar Bhata (Poster)

Jwar Bhata (Poster)

In 1944, he wrote for another Bombay Talkies’ production ‘Jwar Bhata’, which was also the debut film of Dilip Kumar. The movie was a huge box office success along with its music being the talk of the town. ‘Saanj Ki Bela Panchi Akela’ is one of the notable tracks written by Narendra Sharma from ‘Jwar Bhata’.

In 1949, he again wrote for the film ‘Uddhar’. The music of ‘Uddhar’ was composed by Vasant Desai and the song ‘Baadal Ke Chaadar Mein’ from the movie became popular.

In 1952, he got the opportunity to pen down songs for Navketan Films’ ‘Aandhiyan’. The entire soundtrack of ‘Aandhiyan’ consisted of beautiful songs by eminent singers. Composed by Ali Akbar Khan, the songs like ‘Woh Chand Nahi Hai Dil Hai‘ (Hemant Kumar and Asha Bhosle), ‘Dil Ka Khazaana Khol Diya‘(Asha Bhosle), ‘Hain Kahin Par Shaadmani’ (Lata Mangeshkar), ‘Main Mubaarakbad Dene Aayi Hun‘ (Surinder Kaur) were liked by one and all. He penned the screenplay and lyrics for the movie ‘Malti Madhav’ too.

He also wrote for Navketan Films’ next venture ‘Afsar’. Composed by S. D. Burman, ‘Tum Suhaag Ho Main Suhagini’ and ‘Naina Deewane Ek Nahi Maane’ by Suraiya could gather a lot of appreciation.

In 1953, he joined Akashvaani and took charge of the programming of ‘Sugam Sangeet’.

The Growth and Evolution of Indian Radio:

All India Radio or Akashvaani in India till the 1950s had a ban on playing any film song on air and the heavy dose of constant classical music on the radio reduced the number of listeners drastically. On the other hand, Radio Ceylon, the oldest radio network of Asia, started its Hindi network service in the early 1950s.

The response to the Hindi wing of Radio Ceylon was tremendous as it played all the old and contemporary Bollywood songs. Within a small time, its Hindi network service earned a million listeners and started earning fortunes through advertisements that went from India.

Regular and typical radio listeners might be well acquainted with the ever so popular show ‘Binaca Geetmala’ on Radio Ceylon. The evergreen voice of Ameen Sayani was employed for the upliftment of the show and it clicked with the audiences almost instantly. ‘Binaca Geetmala’ soon became one of the most popular shows of Radio Ceylon whereas Akashvaani started losing the competition gradually.

All India Radio (Official Logo)

All India Radio (Official Logo)

It was during this point of time when Pandit Narendra Sharma was summoned to the National Capital of Delhi by the executives of All India Radio. He evolved the facet of Akashvaani and founded the new and modern countenance ‘Vividh Bharti’.

‘Vividh Bharti’ went on air for the first time on 2nd of October 1957 promising an entertainment dose of minimum 17 hours daily. Eventually ‘Binaca Geetmala’ was also shifted from Radio Ceylon to ‘Vividh Bharti’ where it aired continuously until 1994.

As the Chief Producer of ‘Vividh Bharti’, he nurtured the channel in a way that it became world’s one of the biggest radio network. By 2005, ‘Vividh Bharti’ had almost 35 crore listeners daily and today the network covers almost 97% of Indian population. Through the new DTH service technology, ‘Vividh Bharti’ in the current era continues to enjoy a global audience.

He remained with ‘Vividh Bharti’ until his retirement. After attending the age of retirement he went back to his lyrical world.

Pandit Narendra Sharma also did write many non-filmy bhajans and devotional songs. ‘Satrang Chunar Navrang Paag’, ‘Naach Re Mayura Bolkar Sahasra Nayan’ ‘Aiye Prabhui Aaiye’ are some of his famous non-film poems.

On the 11th day of February in 1989, he took his last breath. He was close to Lata Mangeshkar and treated her as one of his daughters. Lata Mangeshkar once in an interview to Subhash K. Jha said, “He called me daughter but always addressed me as ‘Lataji’. I objected to that. But he persisted. When he died of a heart attack, I was heartbroken. No one could take his place.”

He made us learn that Almighty is the terminal truth, truth is divine and divine at the end is the ultimate beauty. Pandit Narendra Sharma’s words ‘Satyam, Shivam, Sundaram’ still echoes within our hearts even after decades.

Gopal Singh Nepali : An Eminent Hindi Poet of Indian Cinema

Gopal Singh Nepali

Gopal Singh Nepali

Gopal Singh Nepali was an eminent poet from the world of Hindi literature who penned everlasting poetry during his lifetime. Nature, devotion or patriotism, he was a master in every genre of poetry. Both his filmy and non-filmy poems are examples of poetic eminence.

Gopal Singh Nepali was born on the 11th of August 1911 in Bettiah in the West Champaran district of Bihar. As a child, he was driven by nature and it is the beauty of nature that inspired him to pen excellent verses later. In 1931, he gained keen interest to attend the poetry gathering of Akhil Bharatiya Kavi Sammelan in Kolkata. He joined the gathering and had the lifetime experience of meeting and knowing some of the eminent personalities from the field of art and culture.

In 1932, he attended one of the biggest poetry gatherings of approximately 115 poets arranged by Acharya Mahavir Prasad in Kashi . Only 15 poets out of the 115 got the golden opportunity to recite their poems and Gopal Singh Nepali was one of the few fortunate poets.

His poems were so very much appreciated in the gathering that Sudha Patrika’s Editor Durarelalji invited him to work as a joint editor with Suryakant Tripathi Nirala in his publication. In 1934, he went to Delhi and started working as an editor in the cine magazine Chitrapat. Later he also worked for Ratlam Times for two years and by 1939, he shifted back to Patna.

The year of 1944 is a notable year in the life of the poet. It was during this year when P. L. Santoshi, Patel and Ramanand invited him to come to Bombay (presently Mumbai) and write lyrics for their films.

Soon he joined the infamous Filmistan studios of Sashadhar Mukherjee. He penned lyrics for Filmistan’s ‘Mazdoor’ and the songs became instantly popular. In 1945, he received the award of best lyricist for the film. He went on to pen lyrics for several other films like ‘Safar’, ‘Gajre’, ‘Beghum Shikari’, ‘Jai Bhawani’, ‘Tulsidas’, ‘Naag Panchami’, ‘Narsee Bhagat, ‘Samadhi’ and ‘Nayi Raahein’.

‘Kabhi Yaad Karke Gali Paar Karke Chali Aana Humaari Angnaa’ – the enduring song written by Gopal Singh Nepali was a duet by Chitalkar and Binapani Mukherjee from the film ‘Safar’ that released in 1946.

His love towards the nation was evident from his patriotic compositions. His poem ‘Dilli Chalo’ was gradually turned into a movie ‘Samadhi’ made under the banner of Filmistan. Another song penned by him that attracted a lot of attention was ‘Musaafir Bataa De Kahaan Tujhko Jaana’ from ‘Nayi Raahein’.

‘Baras Baras Gayi Bali Bikhar Gayi Ab Kab Aaoge Balma’ and ‘Door Papeeha Bola Raat Aahi Reh Gayi’ from the 1948 release ‘Gajre’ are two notable tracks written by the eminent poet. Composed by Anil Biswas and sung by Suraiya, ‘Gajre’ had some timeless melodies penned by Gopal Singh Nepali.

His versatility was evident from his devotional poems as well. ‘Darshan Do Ghanshyam Meri Akhiyaan Pyaasi Re’ from the movie ‘Narsee Bhagat’ is a fine example of his devotional composition. Sudha Malhotra, Hemant Kumar and Manna Dey rendered the song together for the film ‘Narsee Bhagat’.

Very few people are aware that he also co-produced three movies along the ‘Rana of Nepal’. The movies made under his production banner are ‘Nazrana’, ‘Sansaari’ and ‘Khushboo’.

He wrote several patriotic poems in 1962 during the Sino-Indian war. ‘Tum Kalpano Karo Naveen Kalpana Karo’ or ‘Yug Yug Jyoti Jagaai Re’ are few of his poems dedicated to the motherland.

Gopal Singh Nepali penned his first poem ‘Bharat Gagan Ke Jagmag Sitaare’ in 1930. A collection of his very first poems ‘Panchi’ was published in 1934. He had a career spanning for almost 33 years. On the 17th of April in 1963, he took his last breath at the age of 52.

Amit Khanna : The Man Who Coined The Term Bollywood

Amit Khanna

Amit Khanna

The dream world of ‘lights, camera and action’ started off in Mumbai back in 1913. A hundred years of successful existence and history is lying behind this fantasy world. But how many of us are really aware of the man who actually named this industry with the term ‘Bollywood’? A journalist from Delhi coined this term for the first time in his column which went viral instantly and the Hindi film industry became famous worldwide with the name of ‘Bollywood’.
Amit Khanna, is a man who has seen and visualized the Indian entertainment industry like no other. Print, radio, television or film Industry, his career has left a mark on every platform.

Amit Khanna

Amit Khanna

He has been a renowned journalist, a successful producer, an accomplished poet, an adept script and dialogue writer and also a great lyrics writer. But wait a second, there’s more to add in the kit of this man. He has also been the chairman of Reliance Entertainment, director of Reliance BIG TV, President of the Film Producers’ Guild of India and also has served the Central Board of Film Certification and Confederation of Indian Industry as a revered member of the teams.

Amit Khanna completed his education from Delhi’s St Columbia and St. Stephen’s college. He came to Mumbai and started working in Dev Anand’s Navketan Films as an executive producer and was an eminent part of the unit of movies like ‘Des Pardes’ and ‘Shareef Badmaash’.


Man Pasand (Poster)

Man Pasand (Poster)

Later, he went on to produce movies independently. He made ‘Man Pasand’ under his own banner starring Dev Anand as the main lead with Tina Munim in 1979. The film was the Hindi version of ‘My Fair Lady’ and was directed by Basu Chatterjee.

He also wrote and directed other films like ‘Sheeshay Ka Ghar’ and ‘Shesh’. He penned lyrics of the songs for all his movies.

‘Sheeshay Ka Ghar’ starring Raj Babbar and Padmini Kolhapuri was a great critically acclaimed movie of 1984. ‘Shesh’ was another off beat film with Alok Nath being the central character in it. ‘Shesh’ was his last directorial venture on big screen.

Sheeshe Ka Ghar (Poster)

Sheeshe Ka Ghar (Poster)

Kucch Iss Tarah
Do Dil Mile
Jaise Mile Ek Raag Mein
Tere Gaaye Geet
Mere Gaaye Geet

Amit Khanna went on to receive the National Award for Best Lyricist in 1996 for ‘Kuch Iss Tarah Do Dil Mile’ from the film ‘Bhairavi’. Composed by Laxmikant-Pyarelal and rendered by Udit Narayan and Kavita Krishnamurty, the song was a soulful rendition that would be liked by one and all.

Amit Khanna With Sudhir Mishra

Amit Khanna With Sudhir Mishra

Even after coining the term ‘Bollywood’ many eminent personalities from the film industry weren’t much pleased with the term because of its obvious similarities with ‘Hollywood’. But Amit Khanna visualized the industry that would become a brand as a whole in future.

In an interview to Subhash K. Jha, he went ahead to say, “People still have a problem with the word ‘Bollywood’. But the whole notion of what’s pejorative has changed. We have to see the Indian film industry as a brand. To say Bollywood is demeaning is to question a brand name like Coke or McDonald”.

Madhuban Khushboo Deta Hai
Saagar Saawan Deta Hai
Jeena Uska Jeena Hai
Jo Auro Ko Jeevan Deta Hai

The beautiful lines depicting the philosophical truth of life were written by Amit Khanna for the 1978 release ‘Saajan Bina Suhaagan’. Composed by Usha Khanna and sung by Yesudas and Lata Mangeshkar, this song is another masterpiece by Amit Khanna.

Amit Khanna With Yash Chopra And Amol Palekar (Image Courtesy: hindusthantimes.com)

Amit Khanna With Yash Chopra And Amol Palekar (Image Courtesy: hindusthantimes.com)

Being one of the trustees and a founder member of the infamous MAMI (Mumbai Academy of Moving Images founded by Hrishikesh Mukherjee), he has brought eminent films from international platforms to be screened in India. MAMI is a film festival held every year in Mumbai which is of international standard and in 2010, the MAMI festival showcased almost 200 movies from a galore of 58 countries making it the largest film festival in India.

Uthe Sabke Kadam
Dekho Rum Pum Pum
Aji Aise Geet Gaaya Karo
Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gham
Tara Rum Pum Pum
Haso Aur Hasaaya Karo

This is the famous whimsical piece from Bimal Roy’s ‘Baaton Baaton Mein’. Composed by Rajesh Roshan, this song is undeniably one of the best fast paced and enjoyable track written by Amit Khanna.

Pehle Pyaar Ka Pehla Gham
Pehli Baar Hain Aankhen Nam
Pehla Hai Tanhaai Ka Yeh Mausam
Aa Bhi Jaao Warna Ro Denge Hum

Remember this track that goes on with a sad melancholy from ‘Papa Kehte Hain’? Composed by Rajesh Roshan and written by Amit Khanna, one can’t simply deny the emotions of pain and grief that is evident from the words of the song.

Amit Khanna has penned down almost 400 songs for movies. But leaving behind his lyrics, he has also given us some unforgettable dialogues.

Saaransh (Poster)

Saaransh (Poster)

Can anyone ever forget the dialogues from Mahesh Bhatt’s ‘Saraansh’ starring Anupam Kher? The story of an old couple juggling with the difficulties that life imposes on them after the death of their only son is what ‘Saaransh’ depicted. The brilliant dialogues from the movie penned by Amit Khanna, presented the hardships and grief of the couple in a beautiful way. “Tumhari Chehre Ki Jhurrio Mein, Mere Jeevan Ka Saaransh Hai”- this one single line said by Anupam Kher to his wife at the very end of the movie describes the whole summary of their life beautifully.

Amit Khanna

Amit Khanna

Amit Khanna’s contribution to the then evolving television entertainment also is an illustrious fact. In 1990, the man went ahead and established the PLUS CHANNEL, which was the first ever largest conglomerate on Indian Television and produced almost 500 music albums, several feature films and almost 3000 hours of programming on television.

He also produced the series of ‘A Mouthful of Sky’ which was the first English show on Indian Television. On DD Metro he produced shows like ‘Mere Saath Chal’, ‘Zameen Aasmaan’, ‘Mirch Masala’ and many more. Some of the feature films made under the production banner of PLUS CHANNEL are ‘Saaz’, ‘Papa Kehte Hain’, ‘Gudiya’ and many more.

In June 2000, Amit Khanna resigned from PLUS CHANNEL only to join Reliance Entertainment Limited, India’s biggest corporate, as the chairman. An Editor of Delhi based magazines ‘Tempus’ and ‘Take 2’ during the 1960s and 1970s, was at the helm of India’s largest corporate by 2000.

Amit Khanna With I&B Minister Ambika Soni At The CII Content Summit At New Delhi (Image Courtesy: IANS)

Amit Khanna With I&B Minister Ambika Soni At The CII Content Summit At New Delhi (Image Courtesy: IANS)

In the last Big Picture Summit of the CII at New Delhi in September 2013, he along with a few media veterans in a meeting with Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh, has predicted that the Indian Media and Entertainment Industry is aiming to reach the height of becoming an industry worth a 100 billion dollars by 2020. Amit Khanna once claimed this industry to be a ‘Sunrise Industry’ in one of his interviews to Subhash K. Jha.

Targeting the youth of the nation as the major creator and consumer of the Media and Entertainment industry in future India, Amit Khanna’s vision has groomed, brushed and nurtured the entertainment industry of India.

Quoting him about the evolving entertainment field of the nation, “Bollywood has become more polarized. Young filmmakers are catering to the youth with more intelligent and earthy films rooted in socio-political fabric of the soil, while movies for expatriates in US and UK are more glossy and conventional”, he said to IANS. As per him contents of both television and cinema are evolving and changing due to variety in demands and choices.

Amit Kumar with Javed Akhtar, Shabana Azmi, Prasoon Joshi At His Book Launch

Amit Kumar with Javed Akhtar, Shabana Azmi and Prasoon Joshi At His Book Launch

He recently has published his latest book ‘Anant Raaq – Infinite Verses’ which carries a set of diverse poems translated into English from Hindi by him. In 2008 he was awarded with the IFFLA Industry Leadership Award.

In 2013 only, Amit Khanna chose to quit his colossal post at the Reliance Entertainment. He is currently working on his upcoming book based on the history of Indian media and entertainment from the 18th century.

The name of Amit Khanna might not be much popular among the masses. But his contribution to the Indian entertainment world is unparalleled. His vision about the Indian media has advanced the sector to unbeatable bounds and also will continue to make it progress in the coming future.

Prasoon Joshi : A Mind With Creative Excellence

Prasoon Joshi

Prasoon Joshi

He made us learn ‘masti’ in ‘pathshaala’, he made the ‘chand sifarish’, and he also made us hum around with ‘guzaarish’. Originally from the hard core field of advertisement, Prasoon Joshi is a man with creative excellence who has churned out excellent masterpieces whenever he held the pen for portraying emotions. He considers nature to be the vital inspiration behind his creative eminence.

Thanda Matlab Coca Cola  Featuring Aamir Khan(Ad Film)

Thanda Matlab Coca Cola Featuring Aamir Khan(Ad Film)

Prasoon Joshi, President at McCann Worldgroup of South Asia, gave advertising a new look and trend which was essential in India as per the evolving changes in media. As India’s new advertising guru, he dispersed the idea of ‘Thanda Matlab Coca Cola’.



Do you believe in the phrase ‘Kuch Meetha Ho Jaaye’ and present a piece of Cadbury to your loved ones after any jolly event? Do you get reminded of the phrase ‘Googly Woogly Woosh’ of Ponds when you see a cute face in front of you? Do you chuckle and smile along when you see a bunch of people lighting up the city through their Happydent smile? Well, the brain and mind behind all this is none other than Prasoon Joshi who also happens to be the esteemed lyrics writer of Aamir Khan’s profound ‘Taare Zameen Par’. He has won a dozen appreciations and has earned eminence by producing the best commercials in India.

Prasoon Joshi

Prasoon Joshi

He gave us the ‘Ummeed Waali Dhoop and Sunshine Waali Asha’ with the new evolved brand of Coke that promises to ‘Believe In A Happier Tomorrow’. With more than 200 awards in his bag for his unbeatable contribution in the advertising field, the man has no boundaries to draw to his exquisite creative works.

Joshi spent his earlier days in Almora, Nainital, Meerut, and Dehradun. A close sight of the nature developed his insight in a better and positive way. A post graduate in physics and an MBA from Ghaziabad, Prasoon Joshi ventured into the world of advertisement as he decided to merge his skill of writing and his academics to fulfill his creative desires. He penned down his first book at the age of 17 titled ‘Main Aur Woh’ that presented an alluring conversation between him and his self.

He started off his filmy career with Rajkumar Santoshi’s ‘Lajja’ and then soon ventured into Yash Chopra’s ‘Hum Tum’ and then went on to pen down enthralling lyrics each and every time.

Kuch Khushbuye, Yaado Ke Jangal Se Beh Chali
Kuchh Khidkiya, Lamho Ke Dastak Pe Khul Gayi
Kuch Geet Puraane Rakhe The Sirhaane
Kuch Sur Kahiin Khoye The Bandish Mil Gaye
Jeene Ke Ishaare Mil Gaye, Bichde The Kinaare Mil Gaye

‘Phir Milenge’ – a film to spread awareness about AIDS had this beautiful lyrics penned by Prasoon Joshi. It was composed by Shankar Ehsaan Loy and sung by Shankar Mahadevan himself. The fervid and meaningful lyrics of the song is still loved and remembered by the audiences.

Aamir Khan and Asin in 'Tu Meri Adhoori Pyas' (Clip from 'Ghajni)

Aamir Khan and Asin in ‘Tu Meri Adhoori Pyas’ (Clip from ‘Ghajni)

Tu Meri Adhuri Pyas Pyas
Tu Agayi Mann Ko Ras Ras
Ab To Tu Aaja Paas Paas
Hai Guzaarish

Remember Aamir Khan singing these lines under the scorching heat of the rusting desert? ‘Guzaarish’ from ‘Ghajni’ is one of the chart-buster songs that set records in the year 2008. The song just came and swooned over the audiences in one go and it is still played widely all over.

Kaise Mujhe Tum Mil Gayi, Kismat Pe Aaye Naa Yakeen
Utar Aayi Jheel Mein, Jaise Chaand Utar Ta Hai
Kabhi Haule Haule Dheere Se
Gun Guni Dhoop Ki Tarah Se Tarango Mein Tum
Chhoo Ke Mujhe Guzari Ho Yun
Dekhu Tumhe Ya Main Sunoon, Tum Ho Sukoon
Tum Ho Junoon Kyun Pehre Raat Aayi Tum
Kaise Mujhe Tum Mil Gayi, Kismat Pe Aaye Naa Yakeen

‘Kaise Mujhe Tu Mil Gayi, Kismat Pe Aaye Na Yakeen’, again another masterpiece from ‘Ghajni’. The song depicts the doubtful and astonishing state of a lover who is under disbelief even after obtaining his desired love. He went on to describe the advent of love by comparing it with the slow and beautiful appearance of the moon’s shadow on a stream of river. Prasoon Joshi’s connection with nature and love can be significantly noticed here.

Darsheel Safari from 'Taare Zameen Par' (Clip from the song 'Maa')

Darsheel Safari from ‘Taare Zameen Par’ (Clip from the song ‘Maa’)

Main Kabhi Batlata Nahin
Par Andhere Se Darta Hoon Main Maa
Yun To Main, Dikhlata Nahin
Teri Parwaah Karta Hoon Main Maa
Tujhe Sab Hai Pata, Hai Na Maa

This has been an astounding piece by Prasoon Joshi that brought tears in the eyes of every listener. ‘Maa’, an everlasting bond that a human shares since his birth and the unsaid emotions of a child is penned down beautifully by the lyricist. The simple yet extraordinary words of the song would touch every heart that has experienced or has been deprived of mother’s love.

Rone De Aaj Humko Do Aankhen Sujaane De
Baahon Mein Lene De Aur Khud Ko Bheeg Jaane De
Hai Jo Seene Mein Qaid Dariya Woh Choot Jaayega
Hai Itna Dard Ke Tera Daaman Bheeg Jaayega

The lines are recited by Aamir Khan himself in the song ‘Mere Haath Mein Tera Haath Ho’ from ‘Fanaa’. It represents the deep sorrow of a solitary man who wants to shed tears to ease down his pain and find solace in the arms of his lover. The words are graceful and are penned splendidly by Prasoon Joshi.

Prasoon Joshi With Gulzar

Prasoon Joshi With Gulzar

Chanda Chamke Cham Cham Cheekey Chokhana Chor
Cheeti Chaatey Cheeni Chatori Cheeni Khor
Kitna Mushkil Ye Gaana Zara Ga Ke Dikhana
Chanda Cheeni Chamkey Chatay Chokhana Cheekey Chor

The parody is again a piece of writing by Prasoon Joshi from the movie ‘Fanaa’. Anybody would fumble once while trying to utter the words together for the first time. But the fun attached with the parody is undeniable and only Prasoon Joshi can create such a happy-go-lucky environment with his lyrics.

Prasoon Joshi With Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra (Image Courtesy: vogue.in)

Prasoon Joshi With Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra (Image Courtesy: vogue.in)

Abhi Abhi Huaa Yaqeen Ki Aag Hai Mujh Mein Kahi
Hui Subah Main Jal Gaya
Suraj Ko Main Nigal Gaya
Roobaroo Roshni Hai
Dhuaan Chhataa Khula Gagan Mera
Nayi Dagar Naya Safar Mera
Jo Ban Sake Tu Hamsafar Mera
Nazar Mila Zara
Roobaroo Roshni Hai

Does this piece depicting rebellion and the rising of the youth against the increasing corruption in the country arouse a sense of revolt within you too? The fierce words are carrying the blaze of flames that would inspire the youth towards the foundation of a new dawn paving the way for a progressive country. Prasoon Joshi did hit the chord with these lyrics and was nominated as the best lyricist for this song from Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra’s ‘Rang De Basanti’ at every award ceremony in the year of 2006.

Lukka Chuppi Bahut Hui Saamne Aa Jaa Naa
Kahaan Kahaan Dhoonda Tujhe
Thak Gayi Hai Ab Teri Maa
Aaja Saanjh Hui Mujhe Teri Fikar
Dhundhla Gayi Dekh Meri Nazar …Aa Ja Na

Rendered by Lata Mangeshkar and composed by A. R. Rahman, ‘Lukka Chupi’ is a song by a mother who is anxiously searching for her son. The hide-and-seek between the child and her mom is remarkably penned by Prasoon Joshi.

Black (Poster)

Black (Poster)

Bin Datsak Ke Aaye Jo Pyar Soona Hai
Bin Bole Mann Khole Wo Adhikar Soona Hai
Lamho Ki Ungli Thaam Ke
Yaadein Aangan Mein Aa Jaati Hai
Ha Maine Chukar Dekha Hai
Ha Maine Chukar Dekha Hai

Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s unforgettable movie ‘Black’ had only one solo song, ‘Maine Chukar Dekha Hai’. It tells the story of a blind girl who in unable to see but yet holds the desire to see and witness the world. She eventually fulfills her wish as she comes to know everyone and everything around her through the art of touch. This is another brilliant piece written by Prasoon Joshi.

Saiyaan Ched Dewe
Nanad Chutki Leve
Sasural Genda Phool
Saas Gaari Deve
Dewar Samjha Leve
Sasural Genda Phool

Ever heard anyone comparing ‘sasural’ with ‘genda phool’ before? Prasoon Joshi’s lyrics made a new comparison trend and ‘Sasural Genda Phool’ became the talk of the town. Even a serial on Star Plus was later titled as the same. From romance to patriotism, parody to comedy, he is adept with all genres of lyrics writing.

Prasoon Joshi

Prasoon Joshi

Prasoon Joshi is an eminent figure in India. He has been in the three member Advisory committee of the Commonwealth Games 2010. He is still one of the members of the Advisory committee of the Central Government’s national programme against malnutrition directly under the Prime Minister of India.

He has been ranked within the top 21 business leaders in India by Business Today and also honoured as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum. And furthermore, he has won the National Award twice for his lyrics for ‘Taare Zameen Par’ and ‘Chittagong’.

Prasoon Joshi’s award list as a prominent advertiser would cross the unreachable number of 200, if listed. He is a bundle of creativity, who with time is spreading and widening his branches further. He ventured into script writing recently and produced the amazing product ‘Bhaag Milkha Bhaag’.

A father to a daughter and married to another advertising professional, Prasoon Joshi recently also launched his book ‘Sunshine Lanes’ at a literature event in Jaipur.

Taare Zameen Par (Poster)

Taare Zameen Par (Poster)

Dekho Inhein Yeh Hai Onss Ki Boondein
Patto Ki Godh Mein Aaasmaan Se Kude
Angdai Le Phir Karwat Badal Kar
Nazuk Se Moti Hasde Phishal Kar
Kho Na Jayee Yeh
Taare Zameen Par

‘Taare Zameen Par’ is regarded as his best work till date. Children, the gentle and little souls in our world is often broken and tarnished with the burden and pressure of the real and harsh world. Prasoon Joshi presented children as stars of the world who might get lost even before blossoming while running behind numbers and percentages. The writer portrayed his concern and emotions beautifully through these words and again he connects the human world and the shade of nature in an overwhelming manner.
To the surprise of many, Joshi is a trained vocalist who has sung for the All India Radio as well. The ever so talented man still continues to write and deliver out more literary masterpieces.

Nida Fazli : A Poet Of Literary Dynamism

Nida Fazli

Nida Fazli

Hoshwalon Ko Khabar Kya
Bekhudi Kya Cheez Hai
Ishq Ki Jiye Phir Samajhiye
Zindagi Kya Cheez Hai

The song from ‘Sarfarosh’ would stir the mind and soul of any listener. The vigor and strength of the words would fascinate anyone listening to it. Such is the efficacy of Nida Fazli’s pen. A poet of varied dynamism, Nida Fazli received the Padmashree from the Government of India this year in 2013.

Hum Labon Se Keh Na Paaye, Unse Haal-E-Dil Kabhi
Aur Woh Samjhe Nahin Ye Khamoshi Kya Cheez Hai
Ishq Ki Jiye Phir Samajhiye, Zindagi Kya Cheez Hai

Born in a lower middle class family, Nida Fazli, realised his inner trait of writing while passing by a Hindu temple where a composition of a bhajan was being hymned. The beauty of the song depicting the separation between Radha and Krishna, inspired him to write. Originally belonging to Kashmir, born in Delhi and being raised in Gwalior, Nida Fazli denied to accompany his family when they decided to migrate to Pakistan after partition and stayed back in India.

Talat Mahmood, CK Chauhan (Sitting) and Nida Fazli (Right)

Talat Mahmood, CK Chauhan (Sitting) and Nida Fazli (Right)

Nida Fazli, an aspiring poet, after his appearance in Mumbai, started writing for Dharmyug and Blitz. His career took an about turn when film maker Kamal Amrohi noticed his talent while searching for an accomplished Urdu poet. His movie ‘Razia Sultan’ was already in the making when lyrics writer Jan Nisar Akhtar passed away. Nida Fazli took over the work to pen down the Akhtar’s incomplete work.

Tera Hijr Mera Naseeb Hai
Tera Gham Hi Mera Hayaat Hai
Mujhe Teri Doori Ka Gham Ho Kyun
Tu Kahin Bhi Ho Mere Saath Hai

Composed by Khayyam and sung by Kabban Mirza for ‘Razia Sultan’ in 1983, this was one of the first lyrics penned by Nida Fazli. From the very initial attempt only he was able to draw eminent film makers towards his impressive poetry.

Tu Is Tarah Se Meri Zindagi Mein Shaamil Hai
Jahan Bhi Jaaun Ye Lagta Hai Teri Mehfil Hai
Ye Aasmaan Ye Baadal Ye Raaste Ye Hawa
Har Ek Cheez Hai Apni Jagah Thikane Se
Kayi Dino Se Shikayat Nahi Zamane Se
Ye Zindagi Hai Safar Tu Safar Ki Manzil Hai
Jahan Bhi Jaaun Ye Lagta Hai Teri Mehfil Hai

‘Aap To Aise Na The’, a movie that is still embedded in the minds of people because of this song. The song with the same lyrics had three versions by Hemlata, Manhar Udhas and Mohammad Rafi. It was one of the chartbuster songs of 1980s. Nida Fazli once again proved his dynamism through his simple yet versatile wording of the song.

Nida Fazli

Nida Fazli

Kabhi Kisi Ko Mukammal Jahaan Nahin Milta
Kahin Zameen To Kahin Aasmaan Nahin Milta
Jise Bhi Dekhiye Woh Apne Aap Mein Ghum Hai
Zubaan Mili Hai Magar Humzubaan Nahin Milta
Kabhi Kisi Ko Mukammal Jahaan Nahin Milta

Composed by Khayyam again for the movie ‘Ahista-Ahista’, this is one of the most famous and remembered songs penned by Nida Fazli. ‘Kabhi Kisiko Mukammal Jahaan Nahin Milta’ has become a phrase that travels from mouth to mouth and its appeal can’t be measured in any possible terms.

Jaise Chaand Ke Sang Chaandni
Jaise Raag Ke Sang Hai Ragini
Jaise Bhari Basant Mein Morani
Piya Ke Rang Rang Deeni Odhani

This exotic and fanciful lyrics is again penned by Nida Fazli for ‘Dev’ in 2004. Composed by Aadesh Shrivastav, the song became popular and is still played during various occasions. ‘Rang Deeni’ has a modern yet classical touch that tells the tale of a lover yearning for her love. Nida Fazli shows his unbound talent with these lyrics.

Khud Se Jo Vada Kiya Tha, Woh Nibhaya Na Gaya
Hum Ne Chaha Tha Bahut, Tumko Bhulaya Na Gaya
Khud Se Jo Wada Kiya Tha, Woh Nibhaya Na Gaya

Another song written for Yash Chopra’s ‘Silsila’ and rendered by Pamela Chopra. The slow and soulful song is surely one not to be missed. It depicts remorse of a repentant person who has failed to abide by her promise.

Sur (Poster)

Sur (Poster)

Aa Bhi Ja, Aa Bhi Ja, Ae Subah Aa Bhi Ja
Raat Ko Kar Vida, Dilruba Aa Bhi Jaa

Rendered by Lucky Ali for the movie ‘Sur’, this song was a hit at the chartbusters. ‘Sur’ was a musical film which had a beautiful set of lyrics penned by Nida Fazli. ‘Aa Bhi Jaa’ depicts the sorrow of a lover who is calling for his love to come back with the light of the morning and bid adieu to the shadows of the night. He has won several awards in the category of ‘Best Lyricist’ for the movie ‘Sur’ in 2003 including the Star Screen Awards and Bollywood Movie awards.

Ghar se masjid hai bahut door chalo, yoon kar len
Kisi rote hue bachche ko hansaayaa jaaye
Ghar se masjid hai bahut door

Composed by Anu Malik and sung by Sonu Nigam, this is a masterpiece that is surely not to be missed. Penned by Nida Fazli for ‘Tamanna’ in 1996, this piece is undeniably a treat to the listeners.

Kabhi Shaam Dhale To Mere Dil Mein Aa Jaana
Kabhi Chaand Khile To Mere Dil Mein Aa Jaana
Magar Aana Is Tarha Tum Ke Yahan Se Phir Na Jaana
Kabhi Shaam Dhale To Mere Dil Mein Aa Jaana

Rendered by Mahalaxmi and composed by M. M. Kreem, ‘Kabhi Shaam Dhale’ is a soul stirring track penned by Nida Fazli. One can never get out from the everlasting aura that the song is bound to create on anyone.

Nida Fazli

Nida Fazli

Nida Fazli is not only a Bollywood lyricist but also a renowned Urdu poet who has penned down several books and poetries outside the glamour world. He has written books in Hindi and Urdu which are recommended as students’ text books in the state of Maharashtra. He has also raised his voice against communal riots in the country and has received the ‘National Harmony Award’ from the President of India.

He has been into controversy occasionally because of his being critical towards the compositions of his contemporary poets and was also been barred from attending any Mushairas or poetic functions.

After the attacks of 26/11, he sparked further controversies when he compared Superstar Amitabh Bachchan’s angry young man image with the accused terrorist Ajmal Kasab claiming that both of them are toys made by someone else. This comparison created a huge controversy in the literary world.

Some Outstanding Poetic Works By Nida Fazli:

Nida Fazli

Nida Fazli

Har Taraf Har Jagah Beshumaar Aadmi
Phir Bhi Tanhaaiyon Ka Shikaar Aadmi
Subah Se Shaam Tak Bojh Dhota Hua
Apni Hi Laash Ka Khud Mazaar Aadmi

Duniya Jise Kehti Hain Jaadu Ka Khilona Hai
Mil Jaaye To Mitti Hai Kho Jaaye To Sona Hai

His renowned poetic works are ‘Safar Mein Dhoop Hogi’, ‘Mor Naach’ ‘Lafzon Ke Phool’ etc.

The poet continues to write astounding poems and recently attended the age of 75 on the 12th of October 2013.

Anand Bakshi : Who Gave the Simplest Form of Lyrics

Anand Bakshi

Anand Bakshi

Chingaari koi bhadke, to saawan usey bujhaaye
Saawan jo agan lagaaye, usey kaun bujhaaye
Patjhad jo baag ujaade, woh baag bahaar khilaaye
Jo baag bahaar mein ujade, usey kaun khilaaye?

Maana tufaan ke aage, nahin chaltaa zor kisi ka
Maujon ka dosh nahin hai, ye dosh hai aur kisi kaa
Majadhaar mein naiyya doobe, to majhi paar lagaaye
Maajhi jo naao duboye use kaun bachaaye?

The moment we hear these lines, the memorable scene of Rajesh Khanna from ‘Amar Prem’, singing these immortal lines on a boat in the middle of the Hooghly River, plays in front of our eyes. And these eternal lines were penned by the perennial lyricist Anand Bakshi. It is said that these lines were originally not written for ‘Amar Prem’ but was just a reflection of some random thoughts of the poet. However, when Shakti Samanta heard the poem, he decided to use it for his film ‘Amar Prem’.

Anand Bakshi was born on 21st of July 1920 in Rawalpandi, when India was still undivided. His family’s origin trails back to Kashmir and also the Kuri village nearby Rawalpindi in Pakistan. His grandfather was a Deputy Superintendent of Police during British Raj at Rawalpindi. His father, Mohan Lal Vaid Bakshi, was a manager in a bank at Rawalpindi.

He lost his mother at a very tender age and completed his schooling from Pakistan only. He joined the Cambridge College in Rawalpindi later. In 1943, he abandoned his studies and joined the Royal Indian Navy in 1944.

His Days At The Navy/Army:

Anand Bakshi During His Army Days

Anand Bakshi During His Army Days

Bakshi served the Navy for two years until in 1946, the Royal Indian Navy expelled him for taking part in a secret revolt against the British rule. After the partition, he and his family left Pakistan and they migrated to Lucknow in Uttar Pradesh only to later shift their base in Delhi.

In 1947, he joined the Indian Army as a ‘signal man’ in the Corps of Signal after getting expelled from the Navy. In between his tenure at the Indian Army, he kept on trying his luck to be a singer at Bombay (currently known as Mumbai). Bakshi always had the dream of becoming a singer since his childhood.

His first poem got published in the Army Publication of ‘Sainik Samachaar’ in 1950. While being in Army, to entertain his colleagues during the leisure hours, he used to sing his own written songs to them. His poems and songs were loved and appreciated by his colleagues at the Indian Army. In 1950, he gave a voice test at the All India Radio station at New Delhi. He was disqualified in the test.

In 1951, he left his job at the Corps of Signal and went to Bombay to fulfill his dream. His first attempt at trying to be a writer or singer failed miserably forcing him to go back to the Army. This time he joined the Corps of the Electrical and Mechanical Engineers. In 1954, he married Kamla Mohan on the 2nd of October, who was a neighbour of him at Rawalpindi.

In 1956, he applied to the Army again requesting for a discharge from service. On the 27th of August 1956, he was finally discharged from his service at the E. M. E. For the second time, he again went to Mumbai to try his luck.

Struggle At Mumbai:

Anand Bakshi

Anand Bakshi

Being at Mumbai for the second time, this was the last chance for Bakshi to fulfill his dreams. His struggle for Mumbai started and he visited every studio and met every person he could. Nothing worked out and finally he went out of money after the first three months. He could have returned home but was embarrassed to face his family as he chose to come over to Mumbai against their wishes. By this time, Bakshi’s first daughter was already born.

Soon he came to know that Master Bhagwan was about to start his new movie’s production. The movie was named as ‘Bhala Aadmi’. Bakshi decided to meet him at his Dadar office. As soon as he introduced himself as a writer to Master Bhagwan, he instructed him to write four songs. His lyrics for the movie were approved and Bakshi was paid an amount of Rs 150 for his first ever movie.

(From Left to Right) Pyarelal, Lata Mangeshkar,Kishore Kumar, Anand Bakshi and Laxmikant

(From Left to Right) Pyarelal, Lata Mangeshkar,Kishore Kumar, Anand Bakshi and Laxmikant

Sunil Dutt, once sent Anand Bakshi with a recommendation letter to Raj Kapoor to provide him with a break in Kapoor’s movies. Raj Kapoor’s assistant Hiren Kheda informed Bakshi that Raj Kapoor would not be keen to take him as he already has a team to write for him. However, he promised to provide a chance to Bakshi whenever he would make his own film. Soon, Kheda produced his own movie ‘Mehndi Lagi Mere Haath’ and Bakshi was signed as the lyricist.

(Left to Right) Ashim Samanta, Anand Bakshi, R. D.Burman, Mithun Chakraborthy and Shakti Samanta

(Left to Right) Ashim Samanta, Anand Bakshi, R. D.Burman, Mithun Chakraborty and Shakti Samanta

Roshanlal Nagrath or simply known as Roshan was a successful music director at that time. Once he asked Bakshi, to come over to meet him at the studio. Heavy rain took over Mumbai on the day of the meeting and the entire transport system collapsed. Bakshi walked down the road for hours to reach him at the studio. Roshan was elated and surprised to see the determination of this writer. Hence, Bakshi landed up writing lyrics for ‘CID Girl’ with Roshan as the music director.

Anand Bakshi with Javed Akhtar

Anand Bakshi with Javed Akhtar

Simple Thoughts Produced Legendary Lyrics:

Main shayar to nahi
Magar ae haseen
Jab se dekha maine tujhko…mujhko
Shayari aaa gayi
Main aashique to nahin
Magar ae haseen
Jab se dekha maine tujho…mujhko
Aashiqui aa gayi

Rishi Kapoor’s debut movie ‘Bobby’, produced and directed by Raj Kapoor, had these standout lyrics written by Anand Bakshi. The song was re-recorded again with Shailendra and Shaan for the movie ‘Hum Tum’ starring Saif Ali Khan, Rani Mukherjee and Rishi Kapoor in 2004. The track was a part of the film but not of the album of ‘Hum Tum’.

He also wrote the song, ‘Hum Tum Ek Kamre Mein Band Ho’ for the movie ‘Bobby’. After writing the lyrics for this song, Bakshi was confused if ‘Bobby’ is a girl or a boy. However, when Raj Kapoor heard the lyrics, he thought that it would be applicable to both.

‘Aan Tum Miloge’ is another movie which has a story behind the lyrics of its song ‘Acha To Hum Chalte Hain’. Music Director Laxmikant-Pyarelal and Anand Bakshi could not decipher proper lyrics for the song even after hours of discussion. When they finally gave up and Bakshi was about to leave, he said, ‘Acha To Hum Chalte Hain’ and in reply Laxmikant said, ‘Phir Kab Miloge?’ and at that moment the song was made!

Anand Bakshi with Laxmikant

Anand Bakshi with Laxmikant

Yeh dosti hum nahin todenge
Todenge dum magar
Tera haath naa chodenge

Reminiscing the unbreakable bond of friendship between Jai and Veeru, these lines are unforgettable by any Indian. Sholay, the ‘All Time Blockbuster’ of Bollywood, featured this song written by Anand Bakshi and it still bears the mark of everlasting friendship.

Anand Bakshi with R. D. Burman

Anand Bakshi with R. D. Burman

Yeh Jo Mohabbat Hai
Yeh Unka Hai Kaam
Mehboob Ka Jo Bas Lete Hue Naam
Mar Jaaye, Mit Jaaye
Ho Jaaye Badnaam
Rehne Do Choro Bhi Jaane Do Yaar
Hum Na Karenge Pyaar

Rendered by Kishore Kumar and composed by R. D. Burman for Shakti Samanta’s ‘Kati Patang’, this song depicts the brilliance of Anand Bakshi’s lyrics. The painful sarcasm of a defeated lover is soulfully described through the lyrics of the song. The sont went on to become one of the chartbusters in the year of 1970. Needless to say, the Bakshi and Burman pair also created the unbeatable masterpiece of ‘Dum Maaro Dum’ in 1971 for ‘Hare Rama Hare Krishna’.


Saawan ka mahina
Pawan kare shor
Jeeya ra re jhume aise
Jaise banmaa naache mor

Sunit Dutt and Nutan starrer ‘Milan’ featured this song. Based on the subject of reincarnation, the song had a rural touch in its lyrics. The words and their applications were brilliantly penned by Anand Bakshi.

Har karam apna karenge
Aye watan tere liye
Dil diya hai jaan bhi denge
Aye watan tere liye
Tu mera karma, tu mera dharma, tu meraa abhimaan hai
Aye watan mehboob mere, tujhpe dil qurban hai
Hum jiyenge aur marenge aye watan tere liye
Dil diya hain jaan bhi denge
Aye watan tere liye

In 1986, Anand Bakshi wrote these patriotic lines for Subhash Ghai’s ‘Karma’. The words would hit the chords of any Indian’s heart. ‘Dil Diya Hai, Jaan Bhi Denge, Aye Watan Tere Liye’, who would not get goose bumps hearing these words? Love and dedication towards the nation is expressed through the simplest words in the song and of course none other than only Anand Bakshi can do that!

It is said, that when Anand Bakshi recited the lyrics of the song to Subhash Ghai, he instantly presented him with a token of Rs 100 as a sign of appreciation by signing on it. Bakshi kept that token of note with him forever until his demise.

Dil yeh bechain ve
Raste pe nain ve
Jindari behaal hai
Sur hai na taal hai
Aaja savariya
Taal se taal mila

The 1999 release ‘Taal’ by Subhash Ghai had these rhythmic lyrics in its bag that made the entire nation swing with the beats of the song. Anand Bakshi, again demonstrated his versatility through his words here.

Mere Khwabon mein jo aaye
Aake mujhe chede jaaye
Usse kaho
Mere saamne to aaye

The ever so young and fresh song from Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jaayenge by Lata Mangeshkar was written almost 24 times before finalizing the final draft of the song. It is said that Aditya Chopra, the director of the film, made Anand Bakshi write the lyrics almost 24 times before the final one got his approval.

Bakshi wrote for more than 600 movies and 4000 songs. His contribution to the Indian cinema stretches through four generations. His legendary lyrics are still alive in our hearts.

Anand Bakshi with Singer Pankaj Udhas

Anand Bakshi with Singer Pankaj Udhas

As A Singer:

Anand Bakshi with Mohammad Rafi

Anand Bakshi with Mohammad Rafi

Anand Bakshi did also try his hand on singing. His first song was a duet with Lata Mangeshkar from the movie ‘Mome Ki Gudiya’. The track was ‘Baaghon Mein Bahaar Aayi, Hothon Pe Pukaar Aayi’. He went on to sing ‘Chanda Sa Koi Chehra’ from ‘Sholay’ with Manna Dey, Kishore Kumar and Bhupinder Singh. He also sang ‘Sun Banto Meri Baat’ with Asha Bhosle from the film ‘Maha Chor’. ‘Aaja Teri Yaad Aayi’ from ‘Charas’ was also sung by Anand Bakshi with Mohammad Rafi and Lata Mangeshkar. ‘Jagat Musafir Khana’ was his solo song from the movie ‘Balika Badhu’.

Filmfare Awards:
Anand Bakshi won four Filmfare Awards in his lifetime. In 1977 he received his first Filmfare for the movie ‘Apnapan’, in 1981 he received for ‘Ek Duje Ke Liye’, in 1995 he received for ‘Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jaayenge’ and in 1997 he received Filmfare Award for ‘Taal’.

30th March 2002: His Demise
Anand Bakshi was reportedly admitted at the Nanavati Hospital in Mumbai for a heart surgery. He was affected with bacterial infection later and died due to failure of multiple organs. His heart and lungs were duly affected for him being a heavy smoker. He took his last breath on 30th March 2002.