Majrooh Sultanpuri PROFILE
A legendary lyricist, a self confessed Rajput by descent, was born on 1st October, 1919. He received his early education in languages like Urdu, Persian and Arabic. After finishing scholastic career, he acquired training in Unani college in Lucknow, as in his formative years he wished to be a Hakim and even practised this system of medicine for a year. But due to his lure for films and moreover his passion for poetry he bid goodbye to Unani and Lucknow.
And his unregretted decision to do so, was his first foray into the lierary field, in the purest form of Urdu poetry. He shot into the limelight instantly along with his hi-profiled contemporary poets like Jigar Moradbadi, Moin Hasan Jazbi, Faiz Ahmed.
In the golden jubilee years of his career, Majrooh Sultanpuri, whose pen reflects the national fervour, through his poems, has written more than eight thousand songs, for over 330 films, including 3 in Bhojpuri. Given any situations, any kind of theme, he was apt. He was also known as a trend setter. His language had the smell of the soil and it was due to him that Ghazals found a place in film songs and it was also because of him that the music directors like S. D. Burman, R. D. Burman, O. P. Nayyar, Khayyam, Laxmikant Pyarelal, S. Madan, Rajesh Roshan, Anand Milind, Jatin-Lalit and Anu Malik gained prominent recognition. Beside this he has traversed a long journey from his first film A. R. Kardar's 'Shahjahan' in 1949 to K. P. Singh's 'Hum To Mohabbat Karega' and Tips Music's 'Kya Kehna!'
He received the Filmfare Best Lyricist Award in 1965 for the film Dosti.