Born: 1 October 1919
Died: 24 May 2000
- He was an Indian Urdu poet.
- He is known for his work as an Urdu poet, and as a lyricist and songwriter in the Bollywood film industry, where he wrote Hindi-Urdu lyrics for numerous Bollywood soundtracks.
- He was one of the dominating musical forces in Indian cinema in the 1950s and early 1960s and was an important figure in the Progressive Writers’ Movement.
- He is considered one of the finest avant-garde Urdu poets of 20th-century literature.
- In his career spanning six decades, he worked with many music directors.
- He won the Filmfare Best Lyricist Award in 1965 for “Chahunga Main Tujhe” in the film Dosti, and the highest award in Indian cinema, the Dadasaheb Phalke Award for lifetime achievement in 1993.
- In the 1980s and 1990s, most of his work was with Anand-Milind, their most notable collaborations being Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak, Lal Dupatta Malmal Ka, Love, Kurbaan and Dahek.
- He also wrote timeless classics with Jatin-Lalit for films like Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikander (including the song Pehla Nasha) and Yaara Dildara (including the song Bin Tere Sanam), which are still heard to this day on the airwaves.
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October 1, 2019