Born on 15th April 1922, in Jaipur, Iqbal Hussain, who wrote Ye mera prem patra padhkar while still in his early youth, went on to become Hasrat Jaipuri – The King Of Romance. With around 350 films and thousands of songs, his monumental work still remains an inspiration for young artists and young hearts in love, equally. Bagging innumerable awards and honours, his pen talked romance and worked up magic while he wrote songs like Zindagi ek safar hai suhana,Teri pyari pyari soorat ko, Pankh hote toh ud aati re, Tere khayalon mein hum, Tu kahan yeh bataa, Mohabbat aisi dhadkan hai, Tu mere saamne hai,teri zulfein hai khuli, Nain se nain, Ehsan tera hoga mujh par, Teri zulfon se, Sayonara sayonara, Aao twist karein, Ajhoon na aaye baalma….
The masterpiece – Duniya bananewaale from Teesri Kasam (1966), proved his mastery on philosophy as well and highlighted his bond with co-lyricist Shailendra. Hasrat Jaipuri lives on with his numerous hypnotic love songs. Just as he says – Tum mujhe yun bhulaa na paaoge, jab kabhi sunoge geet mere, sang sang tum bhi gungunaoge….
But we also have Hasrat Jaipuri remembered through his daughter’s sweet tribute, she also chose her top 10 songs from his repertoire. Here’s what Kishwar Jaipuri says about her loving dad –
Dad’s Ghazal was complete with us, his 3 kids, me and my 2 brothers. We 3 were dad’s lifeline. As we never got to interact much with dad during day time as we were in school dad made it a point to come to our room and kiss all 3 of us while we were fast asleep in bed during the wee hours of the morning. He was an inborn gifted poet who started writing poetry in his early teens. Poetry was in his genes as his grandfather Fida Hussain Fida was a gifted Urdu and Persian poet. He called himself Malang Fakir, who could write a poem or song at the snap of his finger and who could keep on writing without getting tired or complaining.
All his Golden hits were penned by him in our one bedroom hall flat in Khar. We siblings would also play in the same room nd dad the genius he was would smoothly keep on writing, lost in his own dreamworld of poetry. Dad was an extremely loving father brother and husband. When I visited India in 2007 my Maa showed me dad’s letters which he wrote to her from abroad during the making of Sangam, the letter read – Mere ghar ka aur mere bacchon ka aur meri izzat ka bahot khayaal rakhna.
A man with a golden heart, he was ever ready to help anyone who came to him asking for help. Dad always stressed on the fact that a heart which was empty of love and sympathy was not a heart but a stone without heartbeats.
The King of Romance – Dad who turned into one of the top lyricists of India. Before he got a break in films through RK films, he sold toys on the footpath in Bombay, slept on the footpaths, but still wrote his poetry on the streets with a fiery passion. This is my Dad Darling who turned into a lyricist from a Bus conductor, a very lively, confident man with self respect. I was his pet and he lovingly called me Kisho. He would address me and say – Aye Kisho idhar aa. I miss my Dad’s pyaar and dulaar and wish he could come back just once and say – Aye Kisho idhar aa and hug me tightly!!
Kishwar’s top 10 songs from her dad’s repertoire –
1. Diwana (1967) –
2. Sangam (1964) –
3. Tumse Acchha Kaun Hai (1969) –
4. Raat Aur Din (1967) –
5. Aakhri Dao (1975) –
6. Tumse Acchha Kaun Hai (1969) –
7. Shararat (1972) –
8. Chanda Aur Bijli (1969) –
9. Sangam (1964) –
10. Duniya (1968) –