Born in a Persian family, Hasrat Jaipuri (Iqbal Hussain) started writing poetry at the age of 20. In 1940, Jaipuri came to Mumbai and started working as a bus conductor, earning a monthly salary of eleven rupees. Spotted by Prithviraj Kapoor, Jaipuri was recommended to Raj Kapoor for BARSAAT by his father.
Hasrat Jaipuri’s contribution to BARSAAT - the game changer for Raj Kapoor, Shankar-Jaikishan holds significance, his first recorded song ‘Jiya Beqaraar Hai’ sung by Lata Mangeshkar started a legacy of soulful evergreen melodies.
On his 95th anniversary, we remember the legendary lyricist with these five everlasting gems
1: Jiya Beqaraar Hai (BARSAAT)
Sung by Lata Mangeshkar and picturised on Nimmi, the song kick started the bond between Raj Kapoor, Hasarat Jaipuri, Shailendra and Shankar Jaikishen.
2: Zindagi Ek Safar Hai Suhana (ANDAZ)
Sung by Kishore Kumar and iconic for its hoodling by the legend, the motivating number penned by Hasrat Jaipuri became the major highlight in this Bollywood’s family romance helmed by Ramesh Sippy starring Shammi Kapoor, Hema Malini, Rajesh Khanna and Simi Garewal.
3: Ehsan Tera Hoga Mujh Par (JUNGLEE)
The game changer in the careers of Shammi Kapoor and Saira Banu, this eternally romantic number is soulfully sung by Rafi sahab and Lata Mangeshkar in different versions and is near to the heart of any lovers of Mohammed Rafi and Lata didi.
4: Tum Mujhe Yoon Bhula Na Paaoge (PAGLA KAHIN KA)
A personal favourite of Shammi Kapoor in which he plays a mad man, this movie is remembered for this hauntingly romantic number. Do we need to say more?
5: Badan Pe Sitaare Lapete Huye (PRINCE)
Last but not the least, this jazzy and peppy number sung fabulously by Rafi Sahab shows Shammi Kapoor in his trademark flamboyance trying to woo the charming Vyjayanthimala. Interestingly Hasrat Jaipuri got inspired to write this song on seeing a woman dressed in a sari studded with glittering stars in Paris.
Wishing Hasrat Jaipuri sahab a very happy birthday, ehsan unka Bollywood music par hum kabhi bhula na payenge.. (The contribution by Hasrat Jaipuri to Bollywood music won’t be forgotten).