Friday Flashback - 23 Wordsmiths Of Indian Cinema That We Will Be Indebted To Forever!

By Aditi Patwardhan. Posted on April 01, 2016

The once-on-top-of-the-world filmmaker driven to destitution and thus, anonymity, watches over a film set, where nobody even recognizes him anymore. As he observes the ongoing chores hollow-eyed, music fades in.. In few lines, the entire life's wisdom of the man is summed up. His pain, his despaired state is conveyed perfectly through Azmi's words & Rafi's heartbreakingly melodious voice.
देखी जमाने की यारी,
बिछडे सभी बारी बारी...
क्या लेके मिलें अब दुनिया से, आँसू के सिवा कुछ पास नहीं
या फूल ही फूल थे दामन में, या काँटों की भी आस नहीं
मतलब की दुनिया हैं सारी, बिछडे सभी बारी बारी..
(I have seen what goes for friendship in this world, where everyone leaves eventually. How do I greet the world now, when I have nothing but tears to offer? I was either embraced by flowers, or at other times I couldn't even hope for thorns. The whole world is selfish, where everyone leaves you eventually.)

Songs are one of the prized characteristic features of Indian cinema. No matter what, we love our song & dance. We love music in our cinema so much, that it has created a whole new music genre by the name of Bollywood music. Indian cinema, which finds its roots in the traditional folk and musical theatre, picked up Indians' immense love for music and even after 100 years, could never abandon the tradition of song & dance!

Hindi cinema has seen brilliant lyricists in cinema's history. At one point in Hindi cinema, the most noted lyricists were also celebrated poets- like Sahir Ludhianvi, Nida Fazli, Kaifi Zami, Hasrat Jaipuri and Majrooh Sultanpuri. Their legacy has been carried forward by today's brilliant lyricists like Gulzar, Javed Akhtar & Prasoon Joshi. And that's just Hindi cinema. Cinema in other languages is just as vibrant, some probably more than others & each of our cinemas have had a long tradition of beautiful music & writing.

In a series of posts titled Wordsmiths of Indian Cinema, Film Heritage Foundation, which takes up the mission of saving India's rich cinematic heritage, introduces us the celebrated lyricists of Indian cinema. The posts talk about brightest of the Indian lyricists like Kaifi Azmi, Rajinder Krishnan, Gouri Prasanna Majumdar, Kidar Sharma and Vairamuthu- how they entered cinema, their journey & their contributions! Here we have compiled the posts from the series.

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Born in Azamgarh in 1919 as Akhtar Husain Rizvi, Kaifi Azmi assumed a nom de plume, like many other poets and lyric...

Posted by Film Heritage Foundation on Sunday, February 21, 2016

Rajinder Krishan, one of the more underrated names in the Hindi film, was also one of its most creative ones. He worked...

Posted by Film Heritage Foundation on Saturday, February 27, 2016

Born to a family of Islamic scholars, theologians and poets, Jan Nisar Akhtar too displayed an early proclivity for...

Posted by Film Heritage Foundation on Thursday, March 17, 2016

"Gouri Prasanna Majumdar is synonymous with the golden age of Bengali cinema, producing many of the most evocative and...

Posted by Film Heritage Foundation on Friday, March 18, 2016

Starting out as a backdrop painter for New Theatres in the mid-1930s, Kidar Sharma quickly gained the attention of the...

Posted by Film Heritage Foundation on Wednesday, March 16, 2016

The noted Tamil poet and lyricist Vairumuthu dominated the Tamil film industry in the 1970s and 80s, prompting many to...

Posted by Film Heritage Foundation on Monday, March 7, 2016

Anjaan, originally named Lalji Pandey, was a native of Uttar Pradesh, who often used the Bhojpuri dialect in his work as...

Posted by Film Heritage Foundation on Saturday, March 19, 2016

Yogesh Gaur’s work in the gentle, slice-of-life comedies of the 1970s, is an inseparable part of the youth of...

Posted by Film Heritage Foundation on Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Born as Shyamalal Bahu Rai, Indeevar was one of the lead lyricists of Indian Hindi film industry in 1960s. He worked as...

Posted by Film Heritage Foundation on Monday, March 14, 2016

Born in the Jhelum district in present-day Pakistan in 1934, Sampooran Singh Kalra is today much better known by his...

Posted by Film Heritage Foundation on Saturday, March 12, 2016

Born into a Kashmiri family in Delhi, Muqtida Hasan Nida Fazli spent his formative years in Gwalior. Early in his life,...

Posted by Film Heritage Foundation on Thursday, March 10, 2016

Born Iqbal Hussain in Jaipur in 1922, Hasrat Jaipuri, as he later came to be recognised by one and all, obtained his...

Posted by Film Heritage Foundation on Wednesday, March 9, 2016

One of the literary progenitors of the popular Dravidian movement was the major Tamil poet, playwright and scenarist...

Posted by Film Heritage Foundation on Sunday, March 6, 2016

The great Hindi and Urdu lyric writer, Shailendra, was the creator of some of Hindi cinema’s most enduring songs, in...

Posted by Film Heritage Foundation on Saturday, March 5, 2016

Born as Rangarajan in Tiruchi, Tamil Nadu, Vaali initially trained to be a visual artist at the College of Art, Madras....

Posted by Film Heritage Foundation on Tuesday, March 8, 2016

The prodigious Tamil poet, lyricist (over 5000 film songs) and producer Kannadasan was as A.S. Muthaiah in...

Posted by Film Heritage Foundation on Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Born in Rawalpindi (in present-day Pakistan), Anand Prakash Vaid, more famously known as Anand Bakshi was the son of a...

Posted by Film Heritage Foundation on Tuesday, March 1, 2016

The prolific Hindi-Urdu songwriter, Majrooh Sultanpuri, originally called Asrar Hussain Khan, was born in Sultanpur, UP,...

Posted by Film Heritage Foundation on Monday, February 29, 2016

One of the foremost lyricists of the golden age of Hindi film music, Sahir Ludhianvi was born in Ludhiana. Originally...

Posted by Film Heritage Foundation on Sunday, February 28, 2016

P. Bhaskaran or Pulloottupaduthu Bhaskaran was well-nigh the renaissance man of the Malayalam film industry, having...

Posted by Film Heritage Foundation on Friday, February 26, 2016

Born in Vyalar, from whence he assumed his first name, Vyalar Rama Varma was one of the top lyricists of Malayalam...

Posted by Film Heritage Foundation on Thursday, February 25, 2016

Seldom has a poet and lyricist been such an integral part of the cultural landscape of a region as Ottaplakal...

Posted by Film Heritage Foundation on Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Born as Om Prakash Bhandari in a Punjabi family in 1917 at Jalalabad near Amritsar, Qamar Jalalabadi displayed a...

Posted by Film Heritage Foundation on Tuesday, February 23, 2016


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