Remembering Hasrat Saab on his 19th death anniversary.

“Kahin Wo Aa Ke Mita De Na Intezar Ka Lutaf, Kahin Qabool Na Ho Jaaye Iltezaa Meri- Hasrat Jaipuri”

Hasrat Jaipuri (April 15, 1922 — September 17, 1999) was a poet, who wrote in the Hindi and Urdu languages. He was also renowned for his work as a film lyricist in Hindi films, where he won the Filmfare Awards for Best Lyricist twice.

In 1940, Jaipuri came to Mumbai and started working as a bus conductor, earning a monthly salary of eleven rupees. He used to participate in mushairas. At a mushaira, Prithviraj Kapoor noticed Jaipuri and recommended him to his son, Raj Kapoor. Raj Kapoor was planning a musical love story, Barsaat (1949) with Shankar-Jaikishan. Jaipuri wrote his first recorded song, Jiya Beqaraar Hai for the film. His second song (and first duet) was Chhor Gaye Baalam.

Along with Shailendra, Jaipuri wrote lyrics for all Raj Kapoor films till 1971. After the death of Jaikishan and failures of Mera Naam Joker and Kal Aaj Aur Kal, however, Raj Kapoor turned to other lyricists and music directors. Kapoor initially wanted to call him back for Prem Rog, but later settled for another lyricist, Amir Qazalbash. Kapoor finally asked him to write lyrics for the film, Ram Teri Ganga Maili. Later, he also invited him to write three songs for the movie Henna. Jaipuri alleges that after Raj Kapoor’s death, the music composer Ravindra Jain “conspired” to “scrap” his lyrics and replace them with his own lyrics.

When fellow lyricist Shailendra turned producer with Teesri Kasam, he invited Jaipuri to write lyrics for the movie. He also wrote the screenplay for the movie Hulchul (1951). His last film as a lyricist was Hatya: The Murder (2004).

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