Mehboob is a man behind beautiful lyrics of films like Rangeela, Bombay, Takshak, Dil Hi Dil Mein and Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam. Mehboob also had penned the lyrics for A.R. Rahman's popular song 'Vande Mataram... Maa Tujhe Salaam'.
Mehboob won Channel V's Best Non-Film Song Award for 'Vande Mataram'. Mehboob also has received the Silver Jubilee Award for Rangeela, Platinum Disc for Bombay and Andhra Pradesh Film Journalism Award for Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam. He was also nominated to Filmfare Award as Best Lyricist for film Hum Dil Chuke Sanam, but he loosed it to the veteran lyricist and his guru Anand Bakshi for film Taal.
Mehboob was born in a village Chindwara from district Nashik of Maharashtra, India. In 1940, his family moved to Mumbai, where he grew up and took his primary education. Mehboob first took education in English, while he later studied in Urdu according to his father's advice.
Mehboob never had a desperate desire to become a lyricist. He came to this phase by chance. Before penning his lyrics for films he was used sit at his pet shop and sell pets. Writing poems, scripts and ghazals was only his hobby at that time. While he get introduced to the till unknown composer Ismail Darbar in 1986. Ismail at that time was working as a violinist in film orchestras and was struggling to get break as music composer in the film industry. They became good friends of each other and started sharing their songs and compositions. Mehboob was used to narrate his script to Ismail. At that time Ismail advised him not to become lyricist instead become a scriptwriter, because his deep poetry couldn't be understood by the common people.
Mehboob's father was against his wish to join the film industry. His father instead wanted him to do some steady job or business. But talent never goes waste and he penned many beautiful songs for many films. Now he is one of the prominent lyricists of Bollywood.
After two years he again met to Ismail, when the dream of becoming composer was on high for him. but Ismail was struggling because he didn't have any lyricist with him. Mehboob become a songwriter for friend and since then their association started. Both of them were used to sit for long nights at Mehboob's shop and write songs. They wrote over 200 songs.
A first break came to his way when Ismail introduced him to the ace director Ram Gopal Varma. Ramu get impressed with his songs and signed him for his film 'Drohi'. Drohi was his first assignment as lyricist. Later he again worked with Ramu for Rangeela starring Urmila Matondkar, Amir Khan and Jacky Shroff. The film was a hit and also the songs.
Soon he get introduced to ace music director A.R. Rahman, who recommended him to another veteran director Mani Ratnam. Mehboob penned his songs for Mani Ratnam's Bombay, which was again a success for Mehbbob. Mehboob also worked with A.R. Rahman for a non film album. He wrote the patriotic song 'Vande Mataram...Yahan Wahan Sara Jahan' for Rahman, which was huge hit. For films he worked with Rahman in Rangeela (1995), Doli Sajake Rakhna (1998), Dil Hi Dil Mein (2000), Lakeer (2004), Dil Ne Jise Apna Kaha (2004) and for Yuva (2004).
Mehboob and Ismail Darbar worked together for first time with Sanjay Leela Bhansali's film Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam. They took their stock of 200 songs to Sanjay Leela Bhansali and showed them to him. Sanjay loved their work an in fact he used three songs from their bunch in the film. Those three songs were- the title track of Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam, Tadap Tadap Ke and Chaand Chhupa Baadal Mein. Both of them get recognized in the film industry with this film.
After the success of Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam, Mehboob and Ismail split for a while due to some misunderstandings. Mehboob also had written five songs for Sanjay Leela Bhansali's Devdas, but he withdrew from it. Music for Devdas was composed by Ismail Darbar. But after some time they get back to each other and done films Shakti and Julie together.
Now Mehboob is one of the busiest lyricists of Bollywood. Even having the presence of veteran lyricist Gulzar and Javed Akhtar, Mehboob feels no competition for himself. Mehboob's tells that he became a lyricist for friend Ismail, so why should worry about having competition from other lyricists. Mehboob's latest films as lyricist includes Aparichit - The Stranger (2006), Iqraar By Chance (2006) and Ek Chalis Ki Local Train (2007).
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