Bollywoodirect remembers Jan Nisar Akhtar, the illustrious Urdu poet and Hindi film lyricist on his 105th birth anniversary today.
Jan Nisar Akhtar was an acclaimed poet of Urdu ghazals and nazms, and a part of the Progressive Writers' Movement, who was also a lyricist in Hindi films.
Jan Nisar Akhtar has worked with leading music composers including C. Ramchandra, O.P. Nayyar, N Dutta and Khayyam. In a career spanning four decades, he wrote nearly 150 songs. Notable among them were songs from his breakthrough film, A.R. Kardar’s Yasmin (1955), 'Aankhon hi Aankhon Mein' in Guru Dutt's C.I.D. (1956), "Aap yun faaslon se guzarte rahe" (Shankar Hussain), "Yeh dil aur unki nigahon ke saaye' in Prem Parbat (1974) 'Aaja re o mere dilbar aaja' in Noorie (1979) and his last song, "Ae Dil-e-naadaan", in Kamal Amrohi’s Razia Sultan (1983). He wrote and produced a film, Bahu Begum (1967), starring Pradeep Kumar and Meena Kumari.
His poetry works include Nazr-e-Butaan, Salaasil, Javidaan, Pichali Pehar, Ghar Angan and Khaak-e-dil. The latter was a poetry collection for which he was awarded the 1976 Sahitya Akademi Award in Urdu by Sahitya Akademi, India's National Academy of Letters.
He died in Mumbai, India on 19 August 1976, while he was still working on Kamal Amrohi's film, Razia Sultan. He was nominated posthumously for 1980 Filmfare Best Lyricist Award for "Aaja Re Mere Dilbar" from the film, Noorie. Follow @bollywoodirect For More Updates