Hasrat Jaipuri Biography

Born : 15 April 1922

Death : 17 September 1999

Hasrat Jaipuri was a poet and lyricist who worked in the Hindi film Industry for over six decades. During this time, he worked in more than 350 films and recorded over two thousand songs. He wrote some of the most memorable songs in the history of Hindi films such as "Zindagi ek safar hai suhana" (Andaz, 1971), "Ehsan tera hoga mujh par" (Junglee (1961), "Sayonara sayonara" (Love In Tokyo, 1966), "Aao twist karen" (Bhoot Bungla, 1965) and "Duniya bananewale" (Teesri Kasam, 1966). Jaipuri is best remembered for successfully fusing Hindi and Urdu in his verse.

During his childhood, Jaipuri lived in Jaipur where he acquired his training in Urdu and Persian from his erudite grandfather, Fida Husain. Once in Mumbai, he worked as a bus conductor and participated in mushairas on the side. Veteran actor Prithviraj Kapoor discovered Sultanpuri's verse at one of the mushairas and recommended him to his filmmaker son Raj Kapoor who was making a love story, Barsaat (1949). This collaboration carried on for more than four decades and Jaipuri worked in many films under R K Studios such as the major hit Sangam (1964), the long epic drama Mera Naam Joker (1970), Kal Aaj Aur Kal (1971), and  the unforgettable Ram Teri Ganga Maili (1986). He also worked with a number of music composers over the next few decades, from Lakshmikant-Pyarelal, Shankar-Jaikishan to Jatin-Lalit.

Jaipuri also wrote the screenplay for the film Hulchul (1951). He won two Filmfare Awards for `Baharon phool barsao’ from Suraj (1966) and `Zindagi ek safar hai suhana’ from Andaz (1971). Apart from that, he also won the Doctorate from the World University Round-Table. Jaipuri was also awarded the Josh Mahilabadi award from the Urdu Conference for his literary output. Jaipuri published his compilation of poetry, Abshaar-E-Ghazal and produced a number of publications in Hindi and Urdu.

He worked even when he was nearing the end of his life, with movies like Sherkhan (1998) and Saazish (1998). Hasrat Jaipuri breathed his last on 17 September 1999, at the age of 77, after a long and prolific career.