Shakeel Badayuni was born in Badayun, Uttar Pradesh on 3 August, 1916. Shakeel's father always wanted that Shakeel should be strong in academic to have great career ahead. For this, he had arranged the tuitions of Farsi, Urdu, Arabic and Hindi for Shakeel in their home.
Although no one from his family had poetry history, Shakeel still had strong inclination towards Sher-o-Shayari and poetry. But he had strong influence of his long distant relative Zia-ul-Qadiri Badayuni, who was a religious shayar. Shakeel was used to hear his shayari at various mushairas. Shakeel's early education in Urdu, Arabic and Persian languages helped him in that.
In 1938, Shakeel joined the Aligarh Muslim University. While studying in college, he was used to participate in college mushairas functions, where he also won many times. However in 1940, Shakeel get married to one of his distant relative Salma, at the age of 24. Salma and Shakeel were living in the same home since their childhood, but due the Parda system they were never close.
After completing his graduation in B.A. Shakeel went to Delhi and joined the job of supply officer. Meanwhile when working in Delhi, he continued to participate in mushairas happening near by the city. In 1944, Shakeel moved to Bombay (Mumbai) to become a lyricist in Bollywood. In Mumbai, he met the music director Naushad and producer A.R. Kardar. Kardar and Naushad asked him to conclude his poetic skills in one line. Shakeel then fetched one line to them as- Ham Dil Kaa Afsaanaa Duniyaan Ko Soona Denge, Har Dil Mein Muhabbat Ki Ik Aag Lagaa Denge. Naushad get impressed by his words and quickly signed him for Kardar's film Dard. Music of Dard was successful and especially the song 'Afsaana Likh Rahi Hun'. Shakeel tasted the success with his very first film.
After the success of Dard, Shakeel's association with composer Naushad was continued for many more films. Shakeel had done 99% of his work in film industry with Naushad. His best films with Naushad include Baiju Bawra (1952), Mother India (1957), and Mughal-e-Azam (1960). Their other well known films include Dulari (1949), Shabab (1954), Ganga Jamuna (1961), and Mere Mehboob (1963). Besides Naushad, he also worked for composers Hemant Kumar and Ravi.
His hit songs along with music composer Ravi include 'Husnwaale Tera Jawaab Nahin' (Gharana) and 'Chaudhvin Ka Chand Ho' (Chaudhvin Ka Chand). Both the songs earned him Filmfare Award as Best Lyricist. However his notable film with composer Hemant Kumar is Sahib Bibi Aur Ghulam in 1962. Shakeel won his third Filmfare Award for the song 'Kahin Deep Jale Kahin Dil' (Bees Saal Baad) in 1963.
While working in Bollywood, Shakeel shared a good rapport with Naushad, Ghulam Mohammed and Ravi. They became close friends and enjoyed lot with each other. However being in the filmy world and unlike other poets and shayars, Shakeel never get driven to alcohol. However he had diabetes problem, due to which he died on 20th April, 1970, at the age of 53. After his death, his friends formed a trust called 'Yaad e Shakeel' to provide a financial help his family. Shakeel left behind his wife, son and daughter.
Besides film songs, Shakeel also had written many evergreen ghazals, which are still being sung by singers like Pankaj Udhaas and many others.
Shakeel Badayuni - Popular Songs