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Happy Birthday Kaifi Azmi: 10 songs to remember the lyrical genius by

Kaifi Azmi would have turned 99 years old on Sunday. To remember the brilliant Bollywood lyricist, here are his 10 best songs.

music Updated: Jan 16, 2018 11:46 IST
HT Correspondent
Kaifi Azmi was one of the most talented lyric writers in Bollywood.
Kaifi Azmi was one of the most talented lyric writers in Bollywood.(HT Photo)

January 14 marks the 99th birth anniversary of one of the greatest and most influential, Hindi lyricist of Hindi film industry, Kaifi Azmi.

Azmi, who has been honoured with the Padma Shri and the Sahitya Akademi Award for Urdu for his collection Awaara Sajde and the Uttar Pradesh Urdu Academy Award among several others, was born in Uttar Pradesh’s Azamgarh in 1919.

He penned songs for several Bollywood films like Kaagaz Ke Phool (Guru Dutt), Garam Hawa (MS Sathyu) and Manthan (Shyam Benegal), apart from writing poems. He is also credited with the Raaj Kumar-Priya Rajvansh-starrer Heer Ranjha, a film that was completely written in rhyming verses.

Celebrating his birthday, here’s a playlist of ten timeless gems penned by the brilliant lyricist: Each one of them good enough to stand the test of time for sheer creativity and greatness.

1. Chalte Chalte
Pakeezah (1972)
Actors: Meena Kumari, Raaj Kumar

2. Tum Jo Mil Gaye Ho
Hanste Zakhm (1973)
Actors: Priya Rajvansh, Navin Nischol

3. Kar Chale Hum Fida
Haqeeqat (1964)
Actors: Balraj Sahni, Dharmendra, Priya Rajvansh, Vijay Anand

4. Koi Yeh Kaise Bataye
Arth (1982)
Actors: Shabana Azmi, Smita Patil, Kulbhushan Kharbhanda, Raj Kiran

5. Betaab Dil Ki Tamanna
Hanste Zakhm (1973)
Actors: Balraj Sahni, Priya Rajvansh, Navin Nischol

6. Waqt Ni Kiya Kya Haseen Sitam
Kaagaz Ke Phool (1959)
Actors: Waheeda Rehman, Guru Dutt

7. Yeh Duniya Yeh Mehfil
Heer Raanjha
Actors: Raaj Kumar, Priya Rajvansh

8. Dekhi Zamaane Ki Yaari
Kaagaz Ke Phool (1959)
Actors: Guru Dutt, Waheeda Rehman

9. Hoke Majboor Mujhe Usne
Haqeeqat (1964)
Actors: Balraj Sahni, Dharmendra, Priya Rajvansh, Vijay Anand

10. Aurat

Here’s a touching poem by Kaifi Azmi in his voice. Verses from the Urdu poem Aurat: Interestingly, written in the 1940s before India’s independence, an era when our society was traditional and very much a man’s world.

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