Majrooh Sultanpuri

Majrooh Sultanpuri (actually Asrar Hasan Khan, Hindi: मजरुह सुलतानपुरी, Majruh Sultanpuri, also मजरूह सुलतानपुरी, Majrūh Sultanpuri, born October 1, 1919 in Sultanpur, Uttar Pradesh, † 24 May 2000 Mumbai, Maharashtra ) was an Indian Urdu poet. He was known in particular for his lyrics for more than 300 Hindi films.


Majrooh Sultanpuri is the son of a police officer and grew up in Lucknow, where he learned Urdu and Arabic. He studied Persian in Aligarh. Then he moved to Bombay. His first poems were written in ghazal form and were influenced by the style Jigar Muradabadis; Members of the Progressive Writers' Association criticized this form for their " feudal decadence ". Sultanpuri did not share this view, but modernized the sealing form of Ghazal. His attitude, not simply cut tradition but to further, among other things, was also represented by Faiz Ahmed Faiz.

To take advantage of the wide distribution of the medium and also to earn money, not least, many poets of the time were working every now and then for the Indian film industry. Majrooh Sultanpuri wrote his first lyrics for AR Kadar Shahjehan (1946 ), the toot Kundan Lal Saigals also known song jab dil hi gaya contained. In the 1950s, Majrooh Sultanpuri was among Sahir Ludhianvi, Shakeel Badayuni and Shailendra to the most important songwriters of the Hindi / Urdu film in India. He wrote songs for Shammi Kapoor, working with the company Filmistan and for some movies of Dev Anand and Guru Dutt, and regularly in productions by Nasir Hussain. He frequently collaborated with composer Naushad, Madan Mohan, Roshan, Omkar Prasad Nayyar, Laxmikant - Pyarelal, Sachin Dev Burman and Rahul Dev Burman.

In his until the late 1990s ongoing 50 - year career, he wrote the lyrics for many hits like Uthaye yes toad SITAM ( from Andaz ), Chhod do Aanchal zamana kya kahega ( from Paying Guest ), Jalte grove Jiske Liye ( Sujata out ), Na Tum Jaano Hume ( Baat Ek Raat Ki from ), Aye dil mujhe aiSee jagah le cha ( from Aarzoo ), Diwana mujhsa nahin ( from Teesri Manzil ), Chura liya hai Tumne jo dil ko ( from Yaadon Ki Baraat ) and Papa kehte hai bada naam Karega ( Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak from ).

Majrooh Sultanpuri was 1994, the first songwriter, who was awarded with a Dadasaheb Phalke Award.


  • National Film Awards: 1994: Dadasaheb Phalke Award
  • Star Screen Awards 1997: Best song lyrics for Aaj Me Upar from Khamoshi: The Musical
  • Other: Movie Writers Association Award
  • Movie Journalist Award
  • Uttar Pradesh Hindi -Urdu Sahitya Award
  • All India Journalist Award
  • Iqbal Samman by the Government of Madhya Pradesh

Filmography (selection)