Rajendra Krishan was one of the major Hindi film lyricists of 50s and 60s. He was also a great Urdu poet and a dialogue writer. Krishan had penned many beautiful lyrics like 'Chup chup khadi ho zarur koi baat hai' (Badi Behan), 'Yeh zindagi usiki hai' (Anarkali) and 'Mann dole mera tan dole' (Nagin). Apart from Hindi films, he also had penned scripts for Tamil films as well.
Born on 6 June, 1919 in Shimla, Rajendra Krishan was always inclined towards poetry since his school days. After completing graduation, Rajendra joined the job of clerk at a municipal office. Rajendra followed this job till 1942. However while working in the office, he was used to participate in poetry competitions ran by newspapers. During the time, he also read books from eastern and western authors. As a poet, he admired the work of Urdu poets Ahsan Danish and Firaq Gorakhpuri, and also liked poems of Hindi poets Nirala and Pant.
Rajendra later moved to Mumbai to try his hand in film industry. In 1947, he wrote lyrics for 'Zanjeer', while wrote script for 'Janta'. But these films didn't give him any recognition. However, he came to spotlight with his lyrics for film 'Aaj Ki Rat' in 1948.
During the same time, he wrote the song 'Suno suno ye duniyawaalo Baapu ki yeh amar kahaani.... Apane hi hatho se hum ne apana Bapu khoya', after the murder of Mahatma Gandhi. Music for the song was given by Husnlal Bhagatram, while it was sung by the veteran Mohammad Rafi, which was a huge hit. The song created rage in India.
In 1949, Krishan gave hit numbers in films like Lahore and Badi Behan. The songs 'Baharein phir bhi aayengi' (Lahore) and 'Chup chup khadi ho zaroor koi baat hai' (Badi Behan) became hugely popular. Due to the success of film and songs, the producer of Badi Behan presented him one thousand per month as well as an Austin car. His knowledge for Tamil language offered him plenty of films from AVM Studios. He wrote scripts for 18 film of AVM.
In his whole career, Krishan worked mostly for music composers like Hemant Kumar, C Ramchandra and Madan Mohan. However he also worked with other composers like S.D. Burman, Laxmikant Pyarelal, Salil Choudhry, Chitragupt, Sajjid Hussain and S Mohinder. His songs were always simple and meaningful.
Krishan's other well known films as lyricist includes Ashiana (1952), Bhai-Bhai (1956), Aasha (1957), Bhabhi (1957), Sharabi (1964), Khandaan (1965), Padosan (1968), Brahmachari (1968), Intaqam (1969) and Reshma Aur Shera (1971). Krishan also had done dialogue writing for various films like Nagin (1954), Maa Baap (1960), Chhaya (1961), Pooja Ke Phool (1964), Waris (1969), Maalik (1972), and Bombay to Goa (1972). Krishan had won a Filmfare Award for film Khandan in 1965.
Besides film career, Rajendra had an intense liking for horse racing. His struggling days came to end, when he won a jackpot of Rs. 46 Lakh in horse racing. He became the richest writer in Hindi film industry with this jackpot.
The honorable lyricist died in 1988. In his career, he worked on around 300 films. HMV considers him as one of the major lyricist. To honor him, HMV brought out an LP containing 12 of his songs.
Rajendra Krishan - Filmfare Award