Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Hasrat Jaipuri - Monarch of Romantic Numbers.

Yeh Mera Prem Patra Padh Kar….. SANGAM); Jiya Bekarar Hai Chayi Bahar Hai… (BARSAT); Mohabbat Aisi Dhadkan Hai….(ANARKALI); Nain So Nain Naahi Milao…( JHANAK JHANAK PAYAL BAAJE); Rasik Balma Haay Dil Kyon Lagaya Tose…(CHORI CHORI) These are some of the evergreen melodies that takes in to a mood of solace and tranquility. 

Listen to Hasrat Jaipuri Songs on Raaga.com

However what is painful is that while we hear these hit songs, we tend to forget the lyricist who has poured his heart out in the beautiful songs. Does anybody remember who has written these peerless songs? Well, he is none other but Hasrat Jaipuri, also termed by Bollywood as Monarch of romantic numbers. A careful reading of the song would reveal that all the songs I have mentioned a super romantic numbers, which was the specialty of Hasrat Jaipuri and till his death he was vibrant and wrote romantic numbers till 2004. 

September 17 marks the death anniversary of the great film lyricist; Raaga.Com pays him homage. 


Born on 15th April, 1922 in Jaipur, as Iqbal Husain, he studied till tenth standard and then acquired education in Urdu and Persian from his learned grandfather, Fida Husain. He began writing poems at around his teens when he first fell in love with a neighborhood girl called Radha. He was a silent lover; hence he connived his love via a poem, Yeh mera prem patra padh kar, ke tum naaraaz na hona. But the 'letter' never got delivered to Radha, instead Raj Kapoor delivered it to the world as the everlasting tune for lovers of all generations in his movie SANGAM (1964). 

Hasrat Jaipuri landed in Mumbai in 1939 and got himself a job of a Bus conductor with a monthly salary of Rs. 11/- per month. A romanticist by nature his poems usually catered to beauty and nature best remembered Teri pyari pyari surat ko kisi ki…

Hasrat’s destiny smiled when one of his poem’s published in a newspaper got attention of film-legend Raj Kapoor who called upon the editor and asked for the ‘poet’ to meet him. Hasraat’s first song was jeeya bekarar hain (Barsaat) and was an instant hit. His relationship with Raj Kapoor lasted from 1949-1971 and he came back in 1985 with Raj Saab’s RAM TERI GANGA MAILI with a super duper hit Sun saiba sun….

Naseeruddin Shah: ‘My ‘Screen Test’ Was Eyewash To Deceive The Indian Press That An Indian Was Being Cast As GANDHI.”

Naseeruddin Shah after a long an arduous journey of over one decade has finally came out with his autobiography 'And Then One Day'. The autobiography besides coving the four decades of his illustrious career Naseer’s life from his childhood to his early film career concludes with his marriage to actress Ratna Pathak and the return of his daughter from his first marriage to India. 

On being quizzed about the rather abrupt end, Nasser in a lighter mood, in an interview said, “This is the first part of journey. The Secord part is yet to be written.” However on a serious note he added, “I think the part after my marriage to Ratna and meeting with my daughter, there is not much drama in my life hence I decided to end on a pleasant note.” 


Though the autobiography has many anecdotes that may enlighten readers about the untold facts of Naseer but the most surprising part is how Hollywood film maker Richard Attenborough played with the emotions of Naseer and the Indian at large. 

After showing dreams of casting him in the lead role as GANDHI, Richard Attenborough declined the role at the last movement as he had already cast Ben Kinsley, an English actor in the role as Gandhi and Naseeruddin Shah’s screen test in London was just eyewash to deceive the Indian press into thinking that an Indian was being cast as Gandhi.

Naseer recalling the incident laments, “I got an appointment to meet Sir Richard, who was impressed by performance in AAKROSH and termed me ‘maestro’. Hence my confidence was on sky nine. Also I was too confident that there couldn’t be an English actor who could manage the resemblance of Mahatma Gandhi. Thus I cancelled many of Bollywood movies and rushed to London with utter buoyancy.”

“However the movement I entered Shepperton Studios in London, I was aghast to see the back of Ben Kingsley and his shaved head. My heart sank. He turned around as we were introduced. All my enthusiasm fizzed out as the actor looked more like Gandhi than I ever could. I was heartbroken and felt my screen test was eyewash to deceive the Indian press into thinking that an Indian was being cast as Gandhi.”

Dreams rarely come true twice over. But it happened for Naseeruddin Shah, who got the opportunity to portray Mahatma Gandhi on screen in in Kamal Haasan's HEY RAM and Feroze Khan's play MAHATMA VS GANDHI. Naseer had termed these roles as prized roles as he says, "The part of Gandhi has fascinated me and eluded me for years. Now, of course, he's twice blessed.”