Happy, sad or in love: Majrooh Sultanpuri had a song for all occasions

  • Sweta Kaushal, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Oct 01, 2015 15:45 IST
Majrooh Sultanpuri. (HT Photo)

Thursday marks the 96th birth anniversary of lyricist Majrooh Sultanpuri. The Urdu poet, honoured with the Dadasaheb Phalke Award in 1993, and the Filmfare Award for Dosti in 1965, among several others, ruled the Hindi film industry in the 50s and 60s. Born in Sultanpuri (Uttar Pradesh), Majrooh was also known well for his ghazals.

In a career spanning six decades, Majrooh worked with noted music directors like Naushad, Madan Mohan, S.D.Burman, Shankar-Jaikishan, O.P.Nayyar, Laxmikant Pyarelal, Anu Malik and R.D.Burman. He has even worked with Jatin-Lalit and AR Rahman. It is also said that it was Majrooh who introduced RD Burman to Bollywood when he introduced Nasir Hussain to the latter for Teesri Manzil (1966). Majrooh succumbed to a severe attack of pneumonia on 24 May 2000.

Be it romantic or fun, Majrooh’s had a song for every mood. We list sixteen songs with four different emotions running through them:


Chura Liya Hai Tumne Jo Dil Ko

Film: Yaado Ki Baarat (1973)
Singers: Asha Bhonsle, Md Rafi

O Mere Dil Ke Chain

Film: Mere Jeevan Saathi (1972)
Singers: Kishore Kumar

Humein Tumse Pyar Kitna

Film: Kudrat (1981)
Singers: Kishore Kumar

Teri Aankhon Ke Siwa Duniya Mein

Film: Chirag (1969)
Singers: Md Rafi, Lata Mangeshkar


Rahein Na Rahein Hum

Film: Mamta (1966)
Singers: Lata Mangeshkar, Md Rafi

Kabhi To Mielgi Kahi To Milegi

Film: Aarti (1962)
Singers: Lata Mangeshkar

Ek Din Bik Jaega

Film: Dharam Karam (1975)
Singers: Mukesh

Papa Kehte Hain

Film: Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak (1988)
Singers: Udit Narayan


Ek Ladki Bheegi Bhaagi Si

Film: Chalti Ka Naam Gadi (1958)
Singers: Kishore Kumar

Paanch Rupaiya Barah Aana

Film: Chalti Ka Naam Gadi (1958)
Singers: Kishore Kumar, Asha Bhonsle

Inhi Logon Ne

Film: Pakeezah (1972)
Singers: Lata Mangeshkar

Accha Jee Main Hari

Film: Kala Pani (1958)
Singers: Asha Bhonsle, Md Rafi


Chahunga Main Tujhe Saanjh Sawere

Film: Dosti (1964)
Singers: Md Rafi

Rasik Balma

Film: Chori Chori (1956)
Singers: Lata Mangeshkar

Meri Bheegi Bheegi Si

Film: Anamika (1973)
Singers: Kishore Kumar

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