Aye Gham-e-Dil Kya Karun - Majaz's Poetry
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As a hobby I enjoy reading about people associated with Hindi/Urdu Films. I feel very lucky to be alive in a time where so much is available for view. While browsing for new films posted on my IPTV Box I saw a title named Majaz - Aye Gham-e-Dil Kya Karun and I just could not resist to watch it right away. This film was presented as a real life story about Majaz, his talent for writing poetry, his failed love affair and his early demise.

I prepared and sang this song cover in 2007. That was also the time when I learnt more about him. His real name was Asrar-ul-Haq (1911-1955) and had become an established poet quite early in his life. Jawed Akhtar, a present day top poet in Hindustan explained in one of YT clips that Majaz was his maternal uncle and that he was only 10 years old when Majaz passed away. It is unbelievable to learn that how many top notch writers and poets got produced from the amalgamation of native Sanskirit/Hindustani into a mixture of Hindi and Urdu. People in general assumed that poets who wrote for films were less qualified as Poets/Shayers but that was not true. That was only an egoistic spread of words by poets who could not sell or did not want to sell their poetry to film makers. One thing I learnt is that whether they wrote for films or not, if they were in demand by the public they were great. Almost all poets who wrote for film like Kaifi Aazmi, Jan Nisar Akhtar, Majrooh, Sahir, Shakeel, Shailendra, Anand Bakhshi, Khumar Barabankvi, Hasrat Jaipuri, Jawed Akhtar, Gulzar and even Neeraj, Indeevar and Yogesh had their own published collection of authentic verses, which sometimes was also used in films. But we all know that when they were called to write for films their hands were tied with the situation given to them by the Producers and Directors. Most of the time they had to write on a meter prescribed by the Music Director, which must have made their task even harder. But see such work prevailed and we all love those creations and still enjoy listening to them.

Hope you enjoy listening my cover too. There was no track available at the time so I prepared my own. Presenting this lovely ghazal/song as my tribute to all such listeners like you.

Original Singer: Talat Mehmood
Music Composer: Sardar Malik
Lyricist: Majaz Lackhnavi
Film: Thokar (1953)

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