Sunday, June 17, 2018



                                                                     ( Qateel Shifai )

                                                        ( Sahir )

Milkar Juda huye to na soya karenge hum
Ek doosre ke yaad mein roya karenge hum......
( Qateel Shifai )


Qateel Shifai ( 1919-2001} was a very successful Lyricist of Pakistan Film industry . Born at Haripur ( District , Hazara Khyber Pakhtoonwala ) , he moved to Lahore where he worked as assistant to some Well known film Lyricists . As song writer , He was associated with " Teri Yaad " a film produced by Dewan Sardari lal from Lahore in 1947. The film was released in 1948  and Premiered at Prabhat Talkies Lahore. As song writer , he was immensely successful. Some call him sahir of Pakistan Film Industry . He wrote about 2500 film songs. Apart from film songs , He also wrote Gazals and Nazms in urdu . Qateel is a  very  respectable name in Urdu poetry / Literature .His poetry has been translated into numerous languages including Hindi, Gujarati, English, Russian and Chinese. 

"Qateel Shifai" penned the lyrics of some of the most heard songs of the subcontinent. These songs have been sung by Mehdi Hasan, Jagjit Singh, Sabri Brothers, Pankaj Udhas and more. And he is one of the rare lyricist from across the border who wrote songs for some Hindi films like Painter Babu ( 1983 ), Sir ( 1993), Phir Teri Kahaani Yaad Aayi (1993)and Hum Hain Bemisaal ( 1994 ) etc.

He was liberal and broadminded in his beliefs and convictions . So many friends he had across the border who loved him as a man and also as a poet. Sahir Ludhianavi remained his lifelong friend . Qateel's close friends included Poet Jagan Nath Azad, Sunil Dutt , Manoj Kumar, Rajinder Singh Bedi, Khushwant Singh , Raj khosla , Lyricist Aanad Bakshi and many more..
                               ( With K A Abbas and Rajinder Singh Bedi )
                                                                 ( With Khushwant Singh )
                                                     ( With Raj Khosla )
                               ( With Manoj Kumar in a Marriage function )

                                                       ( With Suni Dutt And Nargis )
            ( With Jagan Nath Azad and  Poet syed Zameer jafri )
"Ulfat ki nai manzil ko chalaa, Vo baanhein daal ke baanhon mein
Dil torrne waale dekh ke chal, hum bhi to parre hein raahon mein...""

I continue to love this gazal penned by Qateel and sung beautifully by Great Iqbal Bano..
Now ending this Mini Post on Qateel with some couplets from his another Gazal ......

Aey deeda-e-giryaan kyaa kahiye iss pyar-bhare afsaane ko
Ek shamaa Jali bujhne ke liye Ek phool khilaa murjhaane ko
Me apne pyaar ka deep liye Afaaq mein har-su ghoom gayaa
Tum duur kahīn ja pahunche thhay Akaash pe jee bahlaane ko 

( Avtar Mota )

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