Hasrat Jaipuri's was born in Jaipur, Rajasthan as Iqbal Hussain, on April 15 1922. He attended Muslim school of Jaipur, where he studied English with other subjects. He studied and acquired his 'taalim' in Urdu and Persian from his learned grandfather, Fida Hussain. He began writing verses at very young age. Poetry came to him as a gift from God. When he was 20, he fell in love with a neighborhood girl called Radha. According to Hasrat "Love knows no mazhab or dharam..". He said "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..', And that 'letter' may never have been delivered to Radha, but Raj Kapoor was later delivered it to the world as the perennial mantra for lovers of all generations in his Sangam (1964)."
Hasrat came to Bombay in 1940 in search of some job. Hasrat took the secure job of a bus conductor and satiated his creative urges by participating in mushairas. The late Prithviraj Kapoor heard his verses in a 'Mushaira' and recommended him to his son Raj Kapoor who was planning a musical love story with a upcoming music director duo, Shankar-Jaikishan. "We met at the canteen of the Royal Opera House where Prithvirajji used to stage his plays, and Rajji signed me for Barsaat. My first recorded song was 'Jiya Beqaraar Hai..' tuned by Shanker, the second was 'Chhod Gaye Baalam..', my first song with Jaikishan, and my first duet", recalls the great romatic poet.
he association of Raj Kapoor, Hasrat and Shankar-Jaikishan continued till 1971. After Jaikishan's death and the failures of Mera Naam Joker and Kal Aaj Aur Kal, Raj Kapoor changed his music team. But Raj wanted to call Hasrat back for Prem Rog. That did not work out because someone recommended Amir Qazalbash to Raj Kapoor. But Hasrat was back with 'Sun Sahiba Sun..' which Raj Kapoor told him to write to one of his own tunes which he had used as the English song "I love you" in Sangam. Raj Kapoor then called Hasrat for three songs for Henna, but after Raj Kapoor's death, the music director conspired to scrap them and replace them with his own lyrics.
Hasrat won innumerable awards, honours and mementos. Among them were two Filmfare trophies (for 'Baharon Phool Barsao..' from Suraj and 'Zindagi Ek Safar Hai Suhana..' from Andaz) and two awards - the Doctorate from the World University Round-Table and the Josh Mahilabadi award from the Urdu Conference for his literary work as a poet. Also the Dr Ambedkar award for a film song, 'Jhanak Jhanak Tori Baaje Payaliya..' from Mere Huzoor, which was written with a blend of Hindi and Brij Bhasha. Apropos that, the poet once said, "Hindi and Urdu are like two great and inseparable sisters. Even my books on poetry are in Hindi as well as Urdu." His latest published compilation was "Abshaar-E-Ghazal."
Every lyricist of that genre, be it Hasrat, Shakeel, Shailendra or Raja Mehdi Ali Khan had their distinct styles. No one could overshadow anybody or write inferior stuff. Like for instance, Hasrat loved writing title songs, i.e. songs based on film titles. Writing a title song in those days was a difficult task, one had to keep the entire theme of the film in mind. And it s a record of sorts for Hasrat to have penned nine title songs in a row. Some of them like Deewana mujko log kahen (Deewana (old)), Dil Ek Mandir (Dil Ek Mandir), Raat aur din diya jale (Raat Aur Din), Tere ghar ke saamne (Tere Ghar Ke Saamne) and An evening in Paris (An Evening in Paris).
About 350 films and 2000 recorded songs old, Hasrat's last releases were Mr. & Mrs. Khiladi and Sher Khan last year, and at the time of his death he was working on a few small films and a book of shaayari.
About 350 films and 2000 recorded songs old, Hasrat Jaipuri's last releases were Saazish with Jatin-Lalit and Sher Khan (with Bappi Lahiri) last year, and at the time of his death he was working on a few small films and a book of shaayari. “I never discriminated between small and big films and composers. I have the biggest list of music directors among any lyricist - from SJ and Sajjad down to Anand-Milind, Nadeem-Shravan and Jatin-Lalit,” says the man who was master of romance even amidst his versatility. And without being arrogant about it, Hasrat Jaipuri did realize his own worth. 'Humne who naqsh chhod hai that mywork will always be remembered even after I have gone,”he told me once with the honest precision of a scientist stating a proven fact. And even if you consider only the crème-de-la-crème of his work, like "Zindagi ek safar hai suhana" (Andaz), "Teri pyari pyari soorat ko" (Sasural), "Pankh hote to ud aati re" (Sehra), "Tere khayalon meinhum" (Geet Gaya Pattharon Ne), " Tu kahan yeh bataa" (Tere Ghar KeSaamne), "Muhabbat aisi dhadkan hai" (Anarkali), "Tu mere saamne hai,teri zulfein hai khuli" (Suhagan), "Nain se nain" (Jhanak Jhanak Paayal Baaje), "Ehsan tera hoga mujh par" (Junglee), "Teri zulfon se" (Jab PyarKisise Hota Hai) and "Tum mujhe yoon bhula na paaoge" (Pagla Kahin Ka) and add a whole range of songs like "Sayonara sayonara" (Love In Tokyo)," Aao twist karen" (Bhoot Bungla)." Ajhoon na aaye baalma" (Sanjh AurSavera) and "Duniya bananewale" (from his friend and closest associate Shailendra's production Teesri Kasam), one cannot but accept that the maestro was right. As he wrote once, "Tum mujhe yoon bhula na paaoge/ Jab kabhi bhi sunogegeet mere/ Sang sang tum bhi gungunaaoge/ Haan, tum mujhe yoon bhula na paaoge."
* Zindagi ek safar hai suhana (Andaz)
* Teri pyari pyari soorat ko (Sasural)
* '"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 baalma (Sanjh Aur Savera)
* Duniya bananewale (Teesri Kasam)
* Sun Sahiba Sun (Ram Teri Ganga Maili)
Hasrat has written several books on poetry, in Hindi and Urdu. He once said, "Hindi and Urdu are like two great and inseparable sisters.
* Abshaar-E-Ghazal (compilation)
* Filmfare Best Lyricist Award - 1972, for Zindagi ek safar hai suhana (Andaz)
* Filmfare Best Lyricist Award - 1966, for Baharon phool barsao (Suraj)
* Josh Mahilabadi Award, from Urdu Conference (for Urdu poetry)
* Dr. Ambedkar Award, for Jhanak jhanak tori baaje payaliya (Mere Huzoor), a Brajbhasha song
Hasrat was also awarded a Doctorate (World University Round Table)
The All Time Hits of Hasrat Jaipuri
Song & Movie
Zindagi ek safar hai suhana -- Andaaz
Teri pyari pyari soorat ko -- Sasural
Tu kahan yeh bataa -- Tere ghar ke saamne
Yeh zindagi ussi ki hai -- Anarkali
Ehsan tera hoga mujh par -- Junglee
Teri zulfon se -- Jab pyaar kissise hota hai
Aao twist karen -- Bhoot Bungla
Ajhoon na aaye baalma -- Sanjh aur Savera
Duniya bananewale -- Teesri Kasam
Sun Sahiba Sun -- Ram teri Ganga Maili
Sau Saal Pehle -- Jab Pyar kissi se hota hai
Sayonara sayonara -- Love in Tokyo
Tu mere saamne hai -- Suhagaan
Nain se nain -- Jhanak Jhanak Paayal Baaje
Pankh hote to ud aati re Sehra
Tere khayalon mein hum -- Geet Gaya Pattharon Ne
Tum mujhe yoon bhula na paaoge -- Pagla kahi ka
One cannot but accept that the maestro was right. As he wrote once,
"Tum mujhe yuh bhula na paoge
haan tum mujhe yuh bhula na paoge
Jab kabhi bhi sunoge geet mere
Sanng sanng tum bhi gungunaoge"