The ghazal is a poetic form consisting of rhyming couplets and a refrain, with each line sharing the same meter. A ghazal may be understood as a poetic expression of both the pain of loss or separation and the beauty of love in spite of that pain. The form is ancient, originating in ancient Arabic poem in Arabia long before the birth of Islam. The term Ghazal is of North African and Middle Eastern origin. Its root term in Arabic is “gh-zl” and is derived from the Arabian panegyric qasida.

The ghazal spread into South Asia in the 12th century due to the influence of Sufi mystics and the courts of the new Islamic Sultanate. Although the ghazal is most prominently a form of Dari poetry and Urdu poetry, today it is found in the poetry of many languages of the Indian sub-continent.

The best ghazal in the Hindi movies is by my favourite poet and lyricist Shakeel Badayuni. It was the title ghazal for the 1963 movie Mere Mehboob. Only, I am not able to post this ghazal since it is so dear to me. You will have to do with lesser ghazals of Shakeel and others.

Mere Mehboob Tujhe, the title song of Mere Mehboob is the best ghazal in Hindi movies, composed in Raag Jhinjhoti
Mere Mehboob Tujhe, the title song of Mere Mehboob is the best ghazal in Hindi movies, composed in Raag Jhinjhoti

Ghazal #1

Let me begin by giving you his ghazal for the 1954 movie Amar. As is to be expected, it has Naushad Ali’s music and it has been sung by Lata Mangeshkar for Nimmi, one of the two heroines of the movie (the other being Madhubala) opposite Dilip Kumar.

Shakeel Badayuni and Naushad not just made the best songs in Hindi movies, but, best ghazals too
Shakeel Badayuni and Naushad not just made the best songs in Hindi movies, but, best ghazals too

Please enjoy: Na milata gham to barbaadi ke afsaane kahan jaate….

ho, tamannaa luT ga_ii phir bhii tere dam se mohabbat hai
mubaarak Gair ko Kushiyaa.N mujhe, Gam se mohabbat hai

na milataa Gam to barabaadii ke afasaane kahaa.N jaate
agar duniyaa chaman hotii, to viiraane kahaa.N jaate

chalo achchhaa huaa apano.n me.n koii Gair to nikalaa
jii, koii Gair to nikalaa
agar hote sabhii apane, to begaane kahaa.N jaate

du_aae.n do mohabbat hamane miTakar tumako sikhalaadii
mohabbat tumako sikhalaadii
na jalate shamaa me.n to parvaane kahaa.N jaate

tumhii.n ne Gam kii daulat dii ba.Daa ahasaan farmaayaa,
ba.Daa ahasaan farmaayaa
zamaane bhar ke aage haath phailaane kahaa.N jaate

Ghazal #2

Left to myself, for the next fortnight (these ghazals, you may know, are being reproduced from my Facebook Page Lyrical where I ran this feature for more than a month, giving three every evening/night) I can give you ghazals of Shakeel Badayuni in Hindi movies! That’s how much I adore him.

However, I am going to be less selfish and give you those of many other lyricists and poets.

Lets start with Kaifi Azmi.


Kaifi mastered the art of describing things very powerfully through simple words.

Here is one of my favourite Kaifi Azmi ghazals in Hindi movies. This is from the 1982 movie Arth (Meaning) starring Shabana Azmi, Smita Patil (who was then being talked about the Meena Kumari of modern era) and Kulbhushan Kharbanda and Raj Kiran. Kuldeep Singh composed the music for it. And no marks for guessing the ghazal singer: the ghazal king of our era: Jagjit Singh.

Please enjoy: Jhuki jhuki si nazar beqraar hai ki nahin…

jhukii jhukii sii nazar beqaraar hai ki nahii.n
dabaa dabaa saa sahii dil me.n pyaar hai ki nahii.n …

tuu apane dil kii javaa.N dha.Dakano.n ko gin ke bataa …
merii tarah teraa dil beqaraar hai ki nahii.n …
dabaa dabaa saa sahii dil me.n pyaar hai ki nahii.n
jhukii jhukii sI nazar

vo pal ke jis me.n mohabbat javaan hotii hai
us ek pal kaa tujhe i.ntazaar hai ki nahii.n …
dabaa dabaa saa sahii dil me.n pyaar hai ki nahii.n
jhukii jhukii sI nazar

terii ummiid pe Thukaraa rahaa huu.N duniyaa ko …
tujhe bhii apane pe ye aitabaar hai ki nahii.n …
dabaa dabaa saa sahii dil me.n pyaar hai ki nahii.n
jhukii jhukii sii nazar

Ghazal #3

How about a ghazal from the movie Ghazal? Well, now we are talking about Sahir Ludhianvi. This ghazal achieved iconic proportions and is still being talked about as the ghazal in Hindi movies. Naturally, no one could sing such ghazals better than Mohammad Rafi, especially when it ends in high pitched singing.

The great Madan Mohan who composed music for the best ghazals in Hindi movies did full justice to it.

Sahir Ludhianvi, Madan Mohan and Mohammad Rafi, the team that made one of the best ghazals in Hindi movies.
Sahir Ludhianvi, Madan Mohan and Mohammad Rafi, the team that made one of the best ghazals in Hindi movies.

Sunil Dutt sang it for Meena Kumari (herself a ghazal writer in real life!). She was his beloved in the movie and was being married to his rival Rehman out of a compulsion that she had lost her voice (after they fell in love with he listening to her singing the origin of this ghazal in a private gathering with her female friends): Naghma o sher ki baraat kise pesh karun. Having lost her voice she didn’t want Sunil Dutt to suffer marriage with her! Rehman asked Sunil Dutt to sing the sehra (felicitation song for wedding) and that’s how Sunil Dutt sang it.

Please enjoy: Rang aur noor ki baraat kise pesh Karun…

ra.ng aur nuur kii baaraat kise pesh karuu.N
ye muraado.n kii ha.nsii.n raat kise pesh karuu.N, kise pesh karuu.N

maine jazabaat nibhaae hai.n usuulo.n kii jagah (2)
apane aramaan piro laayaa huu.N phuulo.n kii jagah
tere sehare kii …
tere sehare kii ye saugaat kise pesh karuu.N
ye muraado.n kii hasii.n raat kise pesh karuu.N, kise pesh karuu.N

ye mere sher mere aakhirii nazaraane hai.n (2)
mai.n un apano.n mai.n huu.N jo aaj se begaane hai.n
beta-aa-luK sii mulaakaat kise pesh karuu.N
ye muraado.n kii ha.nsii.n raat kise pesh karuu.N, kise pesh karuu.N

surkh jo.De kii tabotaab mubaarak ho tujhe (2)
terii aa.Nkho.n kaa nayaa Kvaab mubaarak ho tujhe
ye merii Kvaahish ye Kayaalaat kise pesh karuu.N
ye muraado.n kii ha.nsii.n raat kise pesh karuu.N, kise pesh karuu.N

kaun kahataa hai chaahat pe sabhii kaa haq hai (2)
tuu jise chaahe teraa pyaar usii kaa haq hai
mujhase kah de …
mujhase kah de mai.n teraa haath kise pesh karuu.N
ye muraado.n kii ha.nsii.n raat kise pesh karuu.N, kise pesh karuu.N

ra.ng aur nuur kii …

Ghazal #4

Tonight I give you two beautiful ghazals by Bahadur Shah Zafar, the last Mughal Emperor of India; it is actually one penned by him and the other penned for the movie on his life, the 1960 movie Laal Qila (Red Fort), by Muztar Khairabadi. He is the subject of William Dalrymple’s famous book ‘The Last Mughal’. His reign lasted twenty years, from 28th Sep 1837 to 14th Sep 1857.

On 20th Sep 1857, heading the Mutiny against the British, Zafar was defeated by the British. Many members of his family were killed by the British. He himself, together with his wife Zeenat were exiled to Rangoon, Burma. Five years later, in 1862, he died in Yangon. He was buried near the Shwe Degon Pagoda at 6 Ziwaka Road, near the intersection with Shwe Degon Pagoda Rd, Yangon. The shrine of Bahadur Shah Zafar Dargah was built there after recovery of its tomb on 16 February 1991.

He was an accomplished Urdu poet and calligrapher. While he was denied paper and pen in captivity, he was known to have written on the walls of his room with a burnt stick.

He wrote the following Ghazal as his own epitaph.

This ghazal was sung very beautifully by Mohammad Rafi on SN Tripathi’s music in the 1960 movie Laal Qila.

Please enjoy: Lagata nahin hai dil meraa ujade dyaar mein….

lagtā nahīń hé jī mérā ūjař’é dayār méń
kiskī banī hé ālam-e-nā-pāyedār méń

būlbūl ko pāsbāń se na saiyyād se gilā
qismet méń qaid likhī tthī fasl-e-bahār méń

kaeh do in hassretoń se kahīń aur jā bas’éń
itnī jageh kahāń hé dil-e-dāGhdār méń

ik shāKh-e-gūl pe baiTh ke būlbūl hé shādmāń
kānTe bichā diye héń dil-e-lālāzār méń

umr-e-darāz māńg ke lāye tthe chār din
do ārzū méń kaT gayé do intezār méń

din zindagī ke Khatm hué shām ho gayī
p’hailā ke pāoń soyeń-ge kūńj-e-mazaar méń

kitnā hé bad-naseeb zafar dafn ke liye
do gaz zamīn bhī na milī kū-e-yār méń

Ghazal #5

I have given the brief history of the Last Mughal Emperor Bahadur Shah Zafar in the previous post wherein he wrote his own epitaph in a prison in Rangoon, Burma, where he was exiled in 1857.

This is the second famous ghazal was not written by him but by Muztar Khairabadi for the 1960 movie Laal Qila on the life of Zafar.

This is the second best ghazal (the first, I have already told you is Mere Mehboob) ever sung by Mohammad Rafi. It features in the 1960 movie Laal Qila and like the last one (Lagata nahin hai dil meraa) it has SN Tripathi’s music.

Please enjoy: Naa kisi ki aankh ka noor hoon…..

na kisii kii aa.Nkh kaa nuur huu.N
na kisii ke dil kaa qaraar huu.N
jo kisii ke kaam na aa sakaa
mai.n vo ek musht-e-gubaar huu.N

na to mai.n kisii kaa habiib huu.N
na to mai.n kisii kaa raqiib huu.N
jo biga.D gayaa vo nasiib huu.N
jo uja.D gayaa vo dayaar huu.N, jo kisii ke …

meraa ra.ng-ruup biga.D gayaa
meraa yaar mujhase bichha.D gayaa
jo chaman fizaa.n me.n uja.D gayaa
mai.n usii kii fasl-e-bahaar huu.N, jo kisii ke …

Ghazal #6

Ghulam Ali was born on 5th Dec 1940, in a village near Sialkot in British India (now part of Pakistan). He is the most famous of the ghazal singers of this era. Being from the Patiala gharana of ghazal singing, he combined Hindustani classical music and ghazal singing into a unique blend.

His most famous ghazal in Hindi movies is in the 1982 BR Chopra movie Nikaah starring the singer-actor Salma Agha, Deepak Prashar and Raj Babbar.

In Nikaah,B.R Chopra makes a social comment on the Sharia laws of divorce (Talaq) and its misuse among Indian Muslim society. According to Chopra, it is a story of all women.

It is in this background that Ghulam Ali’s ghazal is to be listened to. It has Hasrat Mohani’s lyrics. Ghulam Ali, as always, has sung it on his own music.

Please enjoy: Chupake chupake raat din aansu bahaana yaad hai….

chupake chupake raat din aa.Nsuu bahaanaa yaad hai
ham ko ab tak aashiqii kaa vo zamaanaa yaad hai

khii.nch lenaa vo meraa pad.re kaa konaa baf-a-tan
aur dupaTTe me.n vo teraa mu.Nh chhupaanaa yaad hai

berukhii ke saath sunanaa dad.r-e-dil kii daasataa.N
vo kalaa_ii me.n teraa ka.ngan ghumaanaa yaad hai

vaqt-e-rukhsat alavidaa kaa lafz kahane ke liye
vo tere suukhe labo.n kaa thar-tharaanaa yaad hai

chorii chorii ham se tum aakar mile the jis jagah
muddate.n guzarii.n par ab tak vo Thikaanaa yaad hai

dopahar kii dhuup me.n mere bulaane ke liye
vo chhajje par teraa na.nge paa.Nv aanaa yaad hai

tujhase milate hii vo bebaaq ho jaanaa meraa
aur teraa daa.Nto.n me.n vo u.ngalii dabaanaa yaad hai

tujh ko jab ta.nhaa kabhii paanaa to az_raahe-lihaaz
haal-e-dil baato.n hii baato.n me.n jataanaa yaad hai

aa gayaa agar vasl kii shab bhii kahin ziqr-e-firaq
vo teraa ro ro ke bhii mujhako rulaanaa yaad hai

Ghazal #7

Lata Mangeshkar

Born on 29th Sep 1929, Lata Mangeshkar is India’s best known playback singer who has sung sung more songs than any other singer.


Born in Indore, she started singing at the age of 13. Her father, Pandit Deenanath Mangeshkar was a classical singer and theater actor. Lata not only took her music lessons from him but also acted in his plays.

Her singing career started when her father died, when she was only 13. Mangeshkar sang the song “Naachu Yaa Gade”, Khelu Saari Mani Haus Bhaari” which was composed by Sadashivrao Nevrekar for Vasant Joglekar’s Marathi movie Kiti Hasaal (1942).

She has lost count of the number of awards that were conferred on her, the highest being India’s highest award Bharat Ratna in 2001. In 1974 Guiness listed her as the most recorded artist in the history of the world. The estimate of the songs that she has recorded ranges between 25000 to 50000! In 1969 she requested that she not be considered for Filmfare Best Playback Singer (Female) award as she had already won it four times and she wanted to promote fresh talent.

Her ghazal singing in Hindi movies, especially in her young days, would leave you breathless with its stunning beauty.

Her “bhai sahaib” Madan Mohan, as acknowledged by her personally, brought out the best in her. Her ghazals of 1958 Nargis starrer Adalat are beautiful in many ways: Rajinder Krishan’s lyrics are superb and meaningful, Madan Mohan’s music has the soulful quality about it and her singing brings out the ‘dard’ as if it is not playback but she can feel the protagonist’s pain.

Please enjoy one of her most famous ghazals: Youn hasraton ke daag mohabbat mein dho liye…..

yU.N hasarato.n ke dAG, muhabbat me.n dho liye
khud dil se dil kI bAt kahI, aur ro liye

ghar se chale the ham to, khushI kI talAsh me.n -2
khushI kI talAsh me.n
Gam rAh me.n kha.De the vahI, sAth ho liye
khud dil se dil kI bAt kahI, aur ro liye

murajhaa chukaa hai phir bhii ye dil phuul hii to hai
haa.N phuul hii to hai
ab aap kii Khushii ise kaa.NTo.n me.n toliye
khud dil se dil kii baat kahii, aur ro liye
yuu.N …

ho.nTho.n ko sI chuke to, zamAne ne ye kahA – 2
zamAne ne ye kahA
ye chup sI kyo.n lagI hai ajI, kuchh to boliye
khud dil se dil kI bAt kahI, aur ro liye

Ghazal #8

Lata Mangeshkar

The 1958 movie Adalat had another remarkably beautiful ghazal by her, once again with Rajinder Krishan’s lyrics and Madan Mohan’s music.

Please enjoy: Unako ye shikayat hai ki ham kuchh nahin kehate….

un ko ye shikAyat hai ke ham, (kuchh nahI.n kahate – 2)
apanI to ye aadat hai ke ham, (kuchh nahI.n kahate – 2)

majabUr bahaut karatA hai ye, (dil to zubaa.n ko – 2)
kuchh aisI hI haalat hai ke ham, (kuchh nahI.n kahate – 2)
apanI to ye aadat …

kahane ko bahaut kuchh thA agar, (kahanepe aate – 2)
duniyA kI inaayat hai ke ham, (kuchh nahI.n kahate – 2)
apanI to ye aadat …

kuchh kahanepe tUfAn (uThA letI hai duniyA – 2)
ab isape qayAmat hai ke ham, (kuchh nahI.n kahate – 2)
apanI to ye aadat …

Ghazal #9

Lata Mangeshkar

I have given you two of her most famous ghazals from the 1958 movie Adalat starring one of the greatest actresses of her times: Nargis. Now, lets see Lata ji singing for the most intense actress of the times: Meena Kumari.

This is from the same 1964 movie Ghazal from which I took one of the best ghazals of Mohammad Rafi: Rang aur noor ki baraat kise pesh Karun.

Predictably, this too has Madan Mohan’s music. However, the lyrics are those of Sahir Ludhianvi.

The excellence of her singing this ghazal is matched by Meena Kumari’s supreme elegance.

Please enjoy: Nagma o sher ki saugat kise pesh karun….

naGamaa-o-sher kii saugaat kise pesh karuu.N
ye chhalakate hue jazabaat kise pesh karuu.N

shoK aa.Nkho.n ke ujaalo.n ko luTaauu.n kis par
mast zulfo.n kii siyah raat kise pesh karuu.N

garm saa.nso.n me.n chhipe raaz bataauu.N kisako
narm hoTho.n me.n dabii baat kise pesh karuu.N

koi hamaraaz to paauu.N koI hamadam to mile
dil kii dha.Dakan ke ishaarat kise pesh karuu.N

Ghazal #10

Salma Agha

The other day I gave you a ghazal sung by Ghulam Ali for the 1982 BR Chopra movie Nikaah that brought out that the Sharia law of Talaaq was being misused in India. The woman who was, in the movie, on the receiving end of the law was Salma Agha. She is a British singer and actress of Pakistani origin. In her first movie itself, ie, in Nikaah, she won the Filmfare Best Female Playback singer award.


And this was that ghazal.

Please enjoy: Dil ke armaan aansuyon mein beh gaye….

dil ke aramaan aansuon men bah gaye
ham vafaa kar ke bhi tanaha rah gaye
dil ke aramaan aansuon men bah gaye

zindagi ek pyaas ban kar rah gai \-2
pyaar ke qisse adhoore rah gaye
ham vafaa kar ke bhi tanaha rah gaye
dil ke aramaan aansuon men bah gaye

shaayad un ka aakhiri ho yeh sitam \-2
har sitam, yeh soch kar ham sah gaye
ham vafaa kar ke bhi tanaha rah gaye
dil ke aramaan aansuon men bah gaye

khud ko bhi hamane mita daala magar
faasle jo daramiyaan the rah gaye
ham vafaa kar ke bhi tanaha rah gaye
dil ke aramaan aansuon men bah gaye

Ghazal #11

Mohammad Rafi

The best of ghazals in Hindi movies owe their existence to the quartet of Shakeel Badayuni, Naushad Ali, Dilip Kumar and Mohammad Rafi.

Dilip Kumar with his singing voice Mohammad Rafi
Dilip Kumar with his singing voice Mohammad Rafi

Here is one from the 1966 movie Dil Diya Dard Liya wherein four of them worked together to create some of the finest ghazals.

Even after all these years they are as popular as they were when they were fresh.

Please enjoy: Guzaren hain aaj ishq mein ham us maqqam se,
Nafrat si ho gayi hai mohabbat ke naam se….

guzare hai.n aaj ishq me.n ham us maqaam se
nafarat sii ho ga_ii hai muhabbat ke naam se

hamako na ye gumaan thaa, o sa.ngadil sanam
raah-e-vafaa se tere bahak jaae.nge qadam
chhalakegaa zahar bhii terii aa.Nkho.n ke jaam se

o bevafaa teraa bhii yuu.N hii TuuT jaae dil
tuu bhii ta.Dap-ta.Dap ke pukaare haay dil
teraa bhii saamanaa ho kabhii, Gam kii shaam se

ham vo nahii.n jo pyaar me.n rokar guzaar de.n
parachhaaI.n bhii ho terii to Thokar se maar de.n
vaaqif hai.n ham bhii Kuub har ek i.ntaqaam se

Ghazal #12

Mohammad Rafi

Talking about Mohammad Rafi and Guzar theme helps you to get to the 1968 movie Mere Huzoor starring Raaj Kumar, Mala Sinha and Jeetendra.

What a beautiful story it was:

Akhtar Hussain (Jeetendra) saves the life of Nawab Salim (Raaj Kumar), and earns his gratitude. Salim invites Akhtar to come to his palatial home, and Akhtar does so. On the way, he meets beautiful Saltanat (Mala Sinha), and falls in love with her. On arrival at Salim’s house, Akhtar is treated with utmost respect, provided employment, and a place to live. Akhtar meets with Saltanat and both plan to get married. Unknown to them, Salim also loves Saltanat, but Saltanat rejects his advances, and proposal, leaving him heartbroken. On the day, when the news of the impending marriage of Akhtar and Saltanat is given to Salim, he sings this ghazal.

This ghazal has been put together by Hasrat Jaipuri, Shankar Jaikishen and Mohammad Rafi.

Please enjoy: Woh khushi mili hai mujhako use kaise main bataayun……

jo guzar rahii hai mujh par use kaise mai.n bataa_uu.N -2
vo Kushii milii hai mujhako mai.n Kushii se mar na jaa_uu.N -2

mere dil kii dha.Dakano.n kaa ye salaam tumako pahu.Nche
mai.n tumhaaraa hamanashii.n huu.N ye payaam tumako pahu.Nche
use bandagii mai.n samajhuu.N jo tumhaare kaam aa_uu.N
vo Kushii milii hai …

mere dil kii mahafilo.n me.n vo muqaam hai tumhaaraa
ke Kudaa ke baad lab par bas naam hai tumhaaraa
merii aarazuu yahii hai mai.n tumhaare giit gaa_uu.N
vo Kushii milii hai …

merii zindagii me.n hamadam kabhii Gam na tuu uThaanaa
kabhii aa_e.N jo a.Ndhere mujhe pyaar se bulaanaa
mai.n chiraaG huu.N vafaa kaa mai.n a.Ndhere jagamagaa_uu.N
vo Kushii milii hai …

Ghazal #13

Asha Bhosle

She was born on the 8th of Sep 1933 in Sangli. Lata Mangeshkar, her elder sister is four years older to her. Hence, she was only 9 years old when their father Deenanath Mangeshkar died. Both the sisters took to singing in order to support the family.


Whereas Lata emerged as the most versatile singer, Asha emerged as the young-at-heart sexy voice, as seen by Music Director OP Nayyar who refused to make songs for Lata.

Many of Asha’s songs are the lilting, romantic, numbers with a dash of daring in them.

However, she also sang bhajans and ghazals with equal ease.

Take this ghazal from the 1960 movie Kalpana for example. It has pathos, deep emotions and pain.

To understand this ghazal, have a look at the story-line:

Widower Amar (Ashok Kumar) leads a middle-class lifestyle in Bombay along with his widowed mom, and a daughter, Munni (Baby Farida), whose mom passed away just 3 days after giving birth and makes a living working as the Principal of Bharti Kala Kendra. When he goes for a vacation to Kashmir with his Butler, D’Souza (Sunder), he meets with and falls in love with a woman named Kalpana (Padmini) and includes her in his painting. They meet several times and are drawn to each other. One day when Amar goes to propose, he finds out they have left for an unknown destination. When he returns home by train he meets with another young woman, Asha (Ragini), who he subsequently hires as the Kendra’s Dance Instructress. He takes her home to meet his mom, and Munni, and both approve of her hoping that she will marry Amar. Then Amar watches Kalpana performing a dance item in the theater, meets with her and both rekindle their romance. Asha notices this and steps away, albeit heartbroken. Amar asks Kalpana to go and meet his mother and Munni, which she does. It is during this meeting that they will get an unexpected visitor, none other than Johar (Iftekar), who is Kalpana’s brother, and this is when the truth about Kalpana, her mom, and their background will surface – changing everyone’s lives forever.

The ghazal shows the reality of Kalpana (Padmini) and how she was forced to become a courtesan.

Such a powerful ghazal was penned by Jaan Nisar Akhtar. It has OP Nayyar‘s music.

Please enjoy: Baqasi had se jab guzr jaaye
Koi ai dil jiye ke mar jaaye….

beqasii had se jab guzar jaa_e
ko_ii ai dil ji_e ki mar jaa_e

zindagii se kaho dulahan ban ke -2
aaj to do gha.Dii sa.Nvar jaa_e
ko_ii ai dil …

unako jii bhar ke dekh lene de -2
dil kii dha.Dakan zaraa Thahar jaa_e
ko_ii ai dil …

ham hai.n apanii jaan ke dushman -2
kyo.n ye iljaam unake sar jaa_e
ko_ii ai dil …

mere naGamo.n se unakaa dil na dukhe -2
Gam nahii.n mujhape jo guzar jaa_e
ko_ii ai dil …

Ghazal #14

Asha Bhosle

Now that I have given you a very famous ghazal by Asha Bhosle sung for Padmini in the 1960 movie Kalpana, how about a ghazal of hers picturised on Meena Kumari?

You can’t believe it, can you?

Well, it happened in the 1967 movie Bahu Begum. Lyrics are by Majrooh Sultanpuri and it is Roshan‘s composition.

Please enjoy: Hum intezzar karenge teraa qyaamat taq
Khuda kare ki qyaamat ho aur tu aaye….

ham i.ntazaar kare.nge (2) qayaamat tak
khudaa kare ki qayaamat ho, aur tuu aae (2)
ham i.ntazaar kare.nge …

## Duet Version ##
ham i.ntazaar kare.nge
ham i.ntazaar kare.nge teraa qayaamat tak
Kudaa kare ki qayaamat ho, aur tuu aae -2
ham i.ntazaar kare.nge…

ye i.ntazaar bhii ek imtihaa.n hotaa hai
isiise ishq kaa sholaa javaa.n hotaa hai
ye i.ntazaar salaamat ho
ye i.ntazaar salaamat ho aur tuu aae
Kudaa kare ki qayaamat ho, aur tuu aae
ham i.ntazaar kare.nge…

bichhaae shauq se, Kud bevafaa kii raaho.n me.n
kha.De hai.n diip kii hasarat li_e nigaaho.n me.n
qabuul-e-dil kii ibaadat ho
qabuul-e-dil kii ibaadat ho aur tuu aae
Kudaa kare ki qayaamat ho, aur tuu aae
ham i.ntazaar kare.nge…

vo Kushanasiib hai jisako tuu i.ntaKaab kare
Kudaa hamaarii mohabbat ko qaamayaab kare
javaa.n sitaaraa-e-qismat ho
javaa.n sitaaraa-e-qismat ho aur tuu aae

Kudaa kare ki qayaamat ho, aur tuu aae
ham i.ntazaar kare.nge…

Ghazal #15

Asha Bhosle

Asha Bhosle has sung many of her songs for Asha Parekh. This ghazal is a gem though in the end Mohammad Rafi gets to make an appropriate response to her through Joy Mukherjee.

It is from a combination of Lyricist and Music Director that stayed with Asha Bhosle in large number of her songs: Majrooh Sulatnpuri with OP Nayyar.

This was one of the best movies of OP Nayyar with record number of super-hit songs; the 1963 movie Phir Wohi Dil Laaya Hoon.

Please enjoy: Zulf ki chhaon mein chehre ka ujaala de kar….

aa: zulf kii chhaa_o.N me.n chehare kaa ujaalaa lekar
terii wiiraan sii raato.n ko sajaayaa hamane
ra: merii raato.n me.n jalaaye tere jalawo.n ne charaaG
terii raato.n ke liye dil ko jalaayaa hamane

ye tere garm se lab ye tere jalate ruKasaar -2
dekh hamako ke banaayaa hai inhe.n dil kaa karaar
kaise a.ngaaro.n ko siine se lagaayaa hamane
terii raato.n ke liye dil ko jalaayaa hamane

aa: hamane har dil ko sikhaayaa hai dha.Dakane kaa chalan -2
de ke ulfat kii ta.Dap de ke mohabbat kii jalan
tujh se diiwaane ko i.nsaan banaayaa hamane
terii wiiraan sii raato.n ko sajaayaa hamane

ra: siikh le rasm-e-wafaa husn bhii diiwaano.n se -2
daastaa.N apanii bharii hai inhii.n afasaano.n se
rakh diyaa sar ko jahaa.N phir na uThaayaa hamane
terii raato.n ke liye dil ko jalaayaa hamane

aa: zulf kii chhaa_o.N me.n chehare kaa ujaalaa lekar
terii wiiraan sii raato.n ko sajaayaa hamane

Ghazal #16

Asha Bhosle

I was about to call it a night with my usual quota of three ghazals a night, but, I am reminded of this ghazal duet between Bhupinder and Asha Bhosle and it is so beautiful that I have to give it to you.

It is a Farooq Qaiser ghazal with music composed by Bappi Lahiri. It is picturised on Suresh Oberoi being the ghazal singer in a hotel where he gets to meet his old flame Dimple Kapadia now married to Raj Babbar.

Once again, Asha through Dimple was eminently able to bring out the pain of her existence and the momentary happiness at seeing the love of her life.

Please enjoy: Kisi nazar ko teraa intezzaar aaj bhi hai….

kisii nazar ko teraa i.ntazaar aaj bhii hai
kahaa.N ho tum ki ye dil beqaraar aaj bhi hai

vo vaadiyaa.N vo fazaaye.n ki ham mile the jahaa.N
merii vafaa kaa vahii.n par mazaar aaj bhii hai

na jaane dekh ke kyo.n un ko ye huaa ehasaas
ki mere dil pe u.nhe.n iKhtiyaar aaj bhii hai

vo pyaar jis ke liye hamane chho.D dii duniyaa
vafaa kii raah pe ghaayal vo pyaar aaj bhii hai

yakii.n nahii.n hai magar aaj bhii ye lagataa hai
merii talaash me.n shaayad bahaar aaj bhii hai

na puuchh kitane mohabbat ke zaKhm khaaye hai.n
ki jin ko soch ke dil soGavaar aaj bhii hai

Ghazal #17

Mohammad Rafi for Shashi Kapoor

Imagine Sahshi Kapoor singing a ghazal in a movie, complete with band-gala achkan! It happened in the 1968 movie Kanyadan wherein Shashi Kapoor acted opposite Asha Parekh.


The film starts with a hockey match between the girls’ team Bulbuls, and the boys’ team Heroes. The girls win by 2 goals to one. Amar (Dileep Raj) from the boys’ team and Lata (Sayeeda Khan) from the Bulbul team are attracted to each other and get married. Kumar (Shashi Kapoor) a poet, and Amar are good friends. Kumar decides to go to a village and his car has a break-down where he meets Rekha (Asha Parekh), a village girl. They both fall in love and decide to get married. But when Rekha’s mother (Achala Sachdev) is approached with the proposal she refuses the marriage stating that Rekha was already married in childhood to a boy called Amar. When Kumar returns to the city he realises that Amar, who is now married to Lata, is the childhood groom involved in Rekha’s life. Rekha comes to the city and finds out about Amar when she unwittingly falls in front of his car. But seeing he’s married, she keeps silent about their childhood marriage, and starts working in their house as a maid. Kumar tries to convince Rekha that a marriage taking place when they were children does not legally constitute as one. Rekha disagrees, but over time and several tense scenes later, things are sorted out when Rekha’s mother declares that a marriage performed in childhood is illegal and not binding. Rekha and Kumar get married.

So, now that I have introduced “tense scenes” in the movie, this is one of them in the song.

Lyrics are by Hasrat Jaipuri and music by Shankar Jaikishen.

Please enjoy: Meri zindagi mein aate to kuchh aaur baat hoti….

unakii zulfe.n unake chehare se haTaa sakataa nahii.n
dil kii betaabii kisii suurat chhupaa sakataa nahii.n
kitanii dilakash hai.n muhabbat kii javaa.N majabuuriyaa.N
saamane ma.nzil hai aur paa.Nv ba.Dhaa sakataa nahii.n

merii zindagii me.n aate ( to kuchh aur baat hotii ) -2
ye nasiib jagamagaate ( to kuchh aur baat hotii ) -2

ka_ii baar mil chukii hai.n ye hasii.n-hasii.n nigaahe.n -2
vo hii beqaraariyaa.N hai.n na milii Kushii kii raahe.n
mere dil se dil milaate ( to kuchh aur baat hotii ) -2
merii zindagii me.n …

mujhe kyaa Garaz kisii se ha.Nse phuul yaa sitaare -2
hai.n merii nazar me.n phiike ye javaa.N-javaa.N nazaare
agar aap muskaraate ( to kuchh aur baat hotii ) -2
merii zindagii me.n …

ye Kushii rahe salaamat yuu.N hii jashn ho suhaanaa -2
jise sun rahii hai duniyaa mere dil kaa hai taraanaa
mere saath tum bhii gaate ( to kuchh aur baat hotii ) -2
merii zindagii me.n …

Ghazal #18

Jahan Ara Movie

Jahan Ara was a 1964 movie starring Mala Sinha in the title role with Bharat Bhushan playing Mirza Yusuf Changezi. have been good friends since childhood. Things are not quite the same as they grow up, as Jahan Ara’s father is none other than Emperor Shah Jahan, and men are not permitted to meet with the princess under any circumstances. However, Jahan and Mirza do meet secretly and promise to marry each other. Misfortune visits the emperor, when his wife, Mumtaz Mahal (Achala Sachdev), passes away. The emperor gets deeply devastated, and, still mourning his wife’s death, he pledges to build a memorial in her name (which would subsequently be called Taj Mahal, one of the seven wonders on Earth). At her deathbed, Mumtaz makes Jahan promise that she will take care of her father, which she promises to do. This responsibility makes her sacrifice her love for Mirza, who is heartbroken and continues to believe that Jahan will sooner or later reunite with him.

This unsuccessful love affair gave rise to a number of ghazals in the movie such as shown below; making Jahan Ara as the movie with the largest number of ghazals in a Hindi movie:

1. “Baad Muddat Ke Yeh Ghadi Ayee” Mohammed Rafi, Suman Kalyanpur
2. “Main Teri Nazar Ka Suroor Hoon” Talat Mahmood
3. “Woh Chup Rahen To Mere” Lata Mangeshkar
4. “Phir Wohi Sham Wohi Gham” Talat Mahmood
5. “Aye Sanam Aaj Aye Qasam Khayen” Talat Mahmood, Lata Mangeshkar
6. “Teri Aankh Ke Ansoo” Talat Mahmood
7. “Kisi Ki Yaad Mein Duniya Ko” Mohammed Rafi
8. “Haal-E-Dil Yoon Unhe Sunaayaa Gayaa” Lata Mangeshkar
9. “Jab Jab Tumhe Bhulaya, Tum Aur Yaad Aaye” Lata Mangeshkar, Asha

It is well-nigh impossible to select just one! But, I think, in quality of singing and popularity, the ghazal Phir wohi shaam wohi gham wohi tanhaayi hai…scores over the others.

All these ghazals were put together by Rajinder Krishan and Madan Mohan as a team of Lyricist and Music Composer. This one has been sung by Talat Mahmood.

Rajinder Krishan, Madan Mohan and Talat Mahmood
Rajinder Krishan, Madan Mohan and Talat Mahmood

Please enjoy: Phir wohi shaam wohi gham wohi tanhaayi hai
Dil ko behlaane teri yaad chali aayi hai….

phir vohii shaam vahii Gam vahii tanahaaI hai
dil ko samajhaane terii yaad chalii aaI hai

phir tasavvur tere pahaluu me.n biThaa jaaegaa
phir gayaa vaqt gha.Dii bhar ko palaT aaegaa
dil bahal jaaegaa aakhir ye to saudaaI hai
phir vohii shaam …

jaane ab tujh se mulaaqaat kabhii ho ke na ho
jo adhuurii rahe vo baat kabhii ho ke na ho
merii ma.nzil terii ma.nzil se bichha.D aaI hai
phir vohii shaam …

phir tere zulf ke rukhasaar kii baate.n ho.ngii
hijr kii raat magar pyaar kii baate.n ho.ngii
phir muhabbat me.n ta.Dapane kii qasam khaaI hai
phir vohii shaam …

phir tere zulf ke rukhasaar kii baate.n ho.ngii
hijr kii raat magar pyaar kii baate.n ho.ngii
phir muhabbat me.n ta.Dapane kii qasam khaaI hai
phir vohii shaam …

That brings us to the end of Part I of A Hundred Ghazals in Hindi movies. As you can quickly calculate, we have another five parts to go. I hope so far you have enjoyed my selection.

I shall be back with Part II shortly.

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  1. Sir, mere mehboob is my of favorites.
    You and your generation is lucky to have shared the mother earth with the beautiful souls of Shakeel Badayuni, Rafi and Naushad Sahab.

  2. Perhaps “Aap ki nazron ne samjha” should be in the top 15? Only one by Talat is surprising–how about “Ashkon mein jo paya hai woh geeton mein diya hai”?