The legendary Bollywood poet and lyricist, Hasrat Jaipuri’s death anniversary is observed on September 17. Raj Kapoor, the greatest showman Hindi cinema has seen, would never have touched the heights he went on to achieve had it not been for the phenomenal team of creative people who surrounded him and with whom he collaborated all his life. One of his team members was Hasrat Jaipuri. He won the Filmfare Awards for Best Lyricist twice.
For many, it may be really hard to recall Hasrat Jaipuri. However, if you heard the song, Sunn Sahiba Sunn from Ram Teri Ganga Maili, you should know that this song, like many other Raj Kapoor’s iconic songs, was written by Hasrat Jaipuri.
He began writing verse, when he was around twenty years old. Around same time, he fell in love with a Hindu girl named Radha whom he married later.
Ichak Dana Bichak Dana (Shree 420), Zindagi Ek Safar Hai Suhana (Rajesh Khanna, Hema Malini’s Andaz), Teri Pyaari Pyaari Surat (Rajendra Kumar starrer Sasural), Ehsan Tera Hoga Mujh Par (Junglee of Shammi Kapoor’s Yahoo fame), Sayonara Sayonara (with Asha Parekh in a Japanese dress from Love In Tokyo), Duniya Bananewale (Raj Kapoor, Waheeda Rehman’s Teesri Kasam) and Badan Pe Sitare Lapete Hue (Shammi Kapoor starrer Prince) are some of the best-loved and popular songs even today.
Jaipuri alleges that after Raj Kapoor’s death, the music composer Ravindra Jain “conspired” to “scrap” his lyrics and replace them with his lyrics.
The iconic lyricist wrote songs in more than 300 films, the last song he wrote was for Saazish with Jatin-Lalit and at the time of his death, he was working on a few small films and a book of Shayari. To his credit, there are more than 2000 recorded songs.