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Varied moods of ‘Papa Kehte Hain’ lyricist Majrooh Sultanpuri on his 101st birth anniversary

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TERE MERE MILAN KI YEH RAINA (ABHIMAAN, 1973)

This is one of the best creations of Sultanpuri, which continues to enjoy a timeless charm. The song has been composed by Sachin Dev Burman and sung by Lata Mangeshkar and Kishore Kumar. It featured in Hrishikesh Mukherjee’s “Abhimaan” starring Amitabh and Jaya Bachchan. Other notable songs penned by Sultanpuri for this album include “Piya bina”, “Meet na mila re man ka” and “Teri bindiya re”.

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MERI BHEEGI BHEEGI SI (ANAMIKA, 1973)

Magical and haunting, the number penned by Sultanpuri and composed by Rahul Dev Burman is sung by Kishore Kumar, and features in Raghunath Jalani’s directorial “Anamika” starring Sanjeev Kumar and Jaya Bachchan. Lata Mangeshkar’s “Baahon mein chale aao” is another gem Sultanpuri wrote for this album.

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CHURA LIYA HAI TUMNE (YAADON KI BAARAAT, 1973)

Asha Bhosle’s sensuous lilt brought alive the number, coupled with the resonance Mohammad Rafi’s voice rendered to it. Every song of the RD Burman-Majrooh Sultanpuri combo in the album continues to be popular till date. These include “Lekar hum deewana dil”, “Yaadon ki baarat”, “O meri soni meri tamanna” and “Aapke kamre mein koi rehta hai”.

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OH HANSINI (ZEHREELA INSAAN, 1974)

This is another timeless collaboration of Sultanpuri and Rahul Dev Burman. Sung by Kishore Kumar, the song featured in Puttanna Kanagal’s “Zehreela Insaan” featuring Rishi Kapoor and Moushumi Chatterjee.

PAPA KEHTE HAIN (QAYAMAT SE QAYAMAT TAK, 1988)

The song that literally marked Aamir Khan’s entry into the highway to superstardom was also a testimony of how adaptable Sultanpuri could be, when it came to penning numbers that automatically clicked with Gen-Now tastes. Over two decades later, the song that made Udit Narayan a household name, continues to be a defining anthem of youth. –ians/abh/vnc

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