Hasrat Jaipuri

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Hasrat Jaipuri
Birth nameIqbal Hussain [1]
Born(1922-04-15)15 April 1922
Jaipur, Jaipur State, British India
Died17 September 1999(1999-09-17) (aged 77)
Occupation(s) Lyricist
Years active1949-1999

Hasrat Jaipuri, born Iqbal Ahmed (15 April 1922 17 September 1999) was an Indian poet, who wrote in the Hindi and Urdu languages. He was also a renowned film lyricist in Hindi films, where he won the Filmfare Awards for Best Lyricist twice.

Indian people Ethnic group

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Hindustani language Indo-Aryan language

Hindustani, also known as Hindi-Urdu and historically also known as Hindavi, Dehlavi and Rekhta, was a historical lingua franca of Northern India and Pakistan. It is an Indo-Aryan language, deriving its base primarily from the Khariboli dialect of Delhi. The language incorporates a large amount of vocabulary from Prakrit, Sanskrit, as well as Persian and Arabic. It is now a pluricentric language, with two official forms, Modern Standard Hindi and Modern Standard Urdu, which are its standardised registers. According to Ethnologue's 2019 estimates, if Hindi and Urdu are taken together as Hindustani, the language would be the 3rd most spoken language in the world, with approximately 409.8 million native speakers and 785.6 million total speakers.

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Early life

Jaipuri was born Iqbal Husain in Jaipur, where he studied English till medium level, and then acquired his taalim (education) in Urdu and Persian from his paternal grandfather, Fida Husain. [1] He began writing verse, when he was around twenty years old. Around the same time, he fell in love with a neighborhood girl name Radha. Hasrat talked about a love letter he wrote to this girl, in an interview, later in his life, that love knows no religion. Hasrat Jaipuri was quoted as saying, "It is not at all necessary that a Muslim boy must fall in love only with a Muslim girl. My love was silent, but I wrote a poem for her, 'Yeh mera prem patra padh kar, ke tum naaraaz na hona." It is not known for sure whether the love letter was actually delivered to Radha. But veteran film producer Raj Kapoor liked it enough to include it in his Sangam (1964 Hindi film) and the song ended up becoming a 'hit' song in India. [1]

Jaipur Metropolis in Rajasthan, India

Jaipur is the capital and the largest city of the Indian state of Rajasthan. It was founded on 18 November 1727 by Jai Singh II, the ruler of Amer, and after whom the city is named. As of 2011, the city had a population of 3.1 million, making it the tenth most populous city in the country. Jaipur is also known as the Pink City, due to the dominant color scheme of its buildings. It is located 268 km from the national capital New Delhi. Jaipur is a popular tourist destination in India and forms a part of the west Golden Triangle tourist circuit along with Delhi and Agra. It also serves as a gateway to other tourist destinations in Rajasthan such as Jodhpur, Jaisalmer Udaipur, Kota and Mount Abu (520 km, 323 mi). Jaipur is located 616 km from Shimla.

Urdu National language and lingua franca of Pakistan; standardized register of Hindustani

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Persian language Western Iranian language

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Career in Bollywood

In 1940, Jaipuri came to Bombay (now Mumbai), and started working as a bus conductor, earning a monthly salary of eleven rupees. He used to participate in mushairas. At a mushaira, Prithviraj Kapoor noticed Jaipuri and recommended him to his son, Raj Kapoor. Raj Kapoor was planning a musical love story, Barsaat (1949) with Shankar-Jaikishan. Jaipuri wrote his first recorded song, Jiya Beqaraar Hai for the film. His second song (and first duet) was Chhor Gaye Baalam. [1]

Mumbai Megacity in Maharashtra, India

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Mushaira is a poetic symposium. It is an event where poets gather to perform their works. A mushaira is a beloved part of the Culture of North India, Pakistan and the Deccan, particularly among the Hyderabadi Muslims, and it is greatly admired by participants as a forum for free self-expression.

Prithviraj Kapoor Indian actor

Prithviraj Kapoor born Prithvinath Kapoor, was a pioneer of Indian theatre and of the Hindi film industry, who started his career as an actor in the silent era of Hindi cinema, associated with IPTA as one of its founding members and who founded the Prithvi Theatres, a travelling theatre company based in Mumbai, in 1944. He was the patriarch of the Kapoor family of Hindi films, four generations of which, beginning with him, have played active roles in the Hindi film industry, with two generations still active in Bollywood. However, his father, Basheshwar Nath Kapoor, also played a short role in his movie Awaara. The Government of India honoured him with the Padma Bhushan in 1969 and the Dadasaheb Phalke Award in 1971 for his contributions towards Indian cinema.

Along with Shailendra, Jaipuri wrote lyrics for all Raj Kapoor films till 1971. After the death of Jaikishan and failures of Mera Naam Joker (1970) and Kal Aaj Aur Kal (1971), however, Raj Kapoor turned to other lyricists and music directors. Raj Kapoor initially wanted to call him back for Prem Rog (1982), but later settled for another lyricist, Amir Qazalbash. Kapoor finally asked him to write lyrics for the film, Ram Teri Ganga Maili (1985). Later, he also invited Hasrat to write three songs for the movie Henna (1991). Jaipuri alleges that after Raj Kapoor's death, the music composer Ravindra Jain "conspired" to "scrap" his lyrics and replace them with his own lyrics. [1]

Shailendra (lyricist) Indian film lyricist

Shailendra was a popular Indian Hindustani (Hindi-Urdu) lyricist, music arranger, playback singer and music director. Noted for his association with the filmmaker Raj Kapoor and the composers Shankar-Jaikishan, he wrote lyrics for several successful Hindi film songs in the 1950s and the 1960s.

<i>Mera Naam Joker</i> 1970 film by Raj Kapoor

Mera Naam Joker is a 1970 Indian drama film, directed and produced by Raj Kapoor, and written by Khwaja Ahmad Abbas. The film stars Kapoor as the eponymous character, with Simi Garewal, Kseniya Ryabinkina and Padmini in supporting roles, and was also the debut of Kapoor's son Rishi Kapoor. The plot focuses on a clown who must make his audience laugh at the cost of his own sorrows. Three women who shaped his life view his final performance.

<i>Kal Aaj Aur Kal</i> 1971 film by Randhir Kapoor

Kal Aaj Aur Kal is a 1971 Hindi film produced by Raj Kapoor and directed by his son Randhir Kapoor. The film's USP is the appearance of three generations of the famous Kapoor family starring Prithviraj Kapoor, his son Raj Kapoor, Raj Kapoor's son Randhir Kapoor and Randhir's real-life wife-to-be Babita. Among the non Kapoors in the film are Iftekhar.

When fellow lyricist Shailendra turned producer with Teesri Kasam , he invited Jaipuri to write lyrics for the movie. He also wrote screenplay for the movie Hulchul (1951). His last film as a lyricist was Hatya: The Murder (2004).

<i>Teesri Kasam</i> 1966 film by Basu Bhattacharya

Teesri Kasam is a 1966 Hindi language drama film directed by Basu Bhattacharya. It is based on the short story Mare Gaye Gulfam, by the Hindi novelist Phanishwarnath Renu. The film stars Raj Kapoor and Waheeda Rehman. The duo Shankar-Jaikishan composed the film's score. The film's cinematography is by Subrata Mitra. Dialogues are by Phanishwarnath Renu and the screenplay by Nabendu Ghosh.

Selected list of songs

Song TitleFilmNotes
Jiya Beqaraar Hai Barsaat First recorded song
Chhod Gaye Baalam Barsaat First duet song
Zindagi ek safar hai suhana Andaz
Teri pyari pyari soorat ko Sasural specially written for Chanda Jaipuri
Pankh hote to ud aati re Sehra
Tere khayalon meinhum Geet Gaya Pattharon Ne
Ehsan tera hoga mujh par Junglee
Tum mujhe yoon bhula na paaoge Pagla Kahin Ka
Sayonara sayonara Love In Tokyo
Aao twist karen Bhoot Bangla
Ajhoon na aaye baalmaSanjh Aur Savera
Duniya bananewale Teesri Kasam
Sun Sahiba Sun Ram Teri Ganga Maili
Unke Khayal Aaye To Lal Patthar
Badan Pe Sitare Lapete Hue Prince Inspired to write this song on seeing a woman dressed in a sari studded with glittering stars in Paris
Yeh Mera Prem Patra Padh Kar Sangam Written when he fell in love with a Hindu girl named Radha
Main Rangeela Pyar Ka Rahi [2] Chhoti Bahen (1959 Hindi film)Beautiful heart touched lyrics
Jhoome Re Jhoome Re [3] Parvarish


Jaipuri has written several books of poetry, in Hindi and Urdu. He once said, "Hindi and Urdu are like two great and inseparable sisters". [1]

Personal life

Jaipuri invested his earnings in real estate or rental property, on his wife's advice. Thanks to earnings from these properties, his financial condition was sound, and therefore he could devote his time as a lyricist. He was survived by two sons and a daughter who live in Mumbai. [1]


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