Aziz Kashmiri-a poet, lyricist of Hindi and Punjabi songs.

28 Aug

BY: Archana gupta

The gentleman I want to write about today, is somewhere in the middle of the pack – his work is well known enough but he is certainly not a household name, nor would you readily find too much info on him via Professor Google (atleast I couldn’t 😦 ) and that is where the fun of exploration came in. Without any more ado, I present to you, Mr. Aziz Kashmiri, a poet, lyricist of Hindi and Punjabi songs and a dialogue/story writer for Punjabi movies.

Aziz Kashmiri’s family was originally from Kashmir but was settled in Punjab where he finished his basic education. While a student, he started writing poetry and started making a name for himself. His first break as a lyricist came in Himmat (1941) from Producer Director Roop Shori. He wrote 9 songs for this movie, MD was Gobind Ram – of these, Inhin logon ne le leena dupatta mora sung by Shamshad Begum seems to be the “original” of the more famous Pakeezah song – I’ll post it in comments and you tell me if the lyrics credit for the Pakeezah song shouldn’t have been ATLEAST shared with Aziz sahib…

Anyway, he went on to write lyrics for more films like Nishani (42), Paapi (1943), Shalimar, Badnaami, Khamosh Nigaahen, Rehaana (46) etc. But first major success came from 1947 Release Mirza-Sahibaan with the song “Haath seene pe jo rakh do” sung by Madam Noorjahan and Durrani ji under the baton of Pt. Amarnath (another A as MD 😉 ) and Pt. Husnlal-Bhagatram, not sure who should get the credit – have seen it given to both, one or the other in different sources, which incidentally is a long buried gem that I rediscovered today and is my main pick for the day. “Tum aankhon se door hue” and “saamne gali mein mera ghar hai” were other famous songs of the movie at that time, sources tell. 1949 brought the movie “Ek thi ladki” with “laaraa lappaa, laaraa lappa laai rakhda” that is to date popular enough and more like “Ghir ghir ke aaii badariya”.

He had a constant output through 50s with some fairly popular numbers like “Shama kahatii hai parwaane se” (Jalwa/ 1955), “Mausam aaya hai Rangeen” (Dholak / 1951) etc. High point of his career came in the mid-sixties (1966) when he teamed up with OPN in Ye Raat Phir na aayegi, Bahaaren phir bhi aayengii, Love and Murder and Aklmand. Rest of his output was from B grade OPN movies like Naseehat (zara dekhiye meri saadgi), CID 909, Shrimaanji etc. There were a few notable numbers here and there but not that much success. In all he wrote lyrics for only about 52 films from 1941  – 1974 and his lyrics have been mouthed by stalwarts like Madam Noorjahan, Shamshad Begum, Durrani saab, Latabai, Rafi sahib, Ashaji, Hemant Da, Talat sahib, Mahendra Kapoor and many more. He worked with various MDs like Lacchhiram, Vinod, Bulo C. Rani, Shyamsundar etc. in addition to the ones already mentioned before.

Aziz sahib has also written dialogues (Chaman, Guddi etc.) and lyrics (Chaman, Guddi, Billo, Madari etc.) for Punjabi films and worked with music directors like Hansraj Bahl, Sardul Kwatra, Vinod etc. in that domain.

As stated before, today’s pick is sung by Madam Noorjahan and Durrani ji under the baton of Pt. Amarnath (another A as MD 😉 ) and Pt. Husnlal-Bhagatram for Mirza-Sahiban, supposedly his first success.

दिल के ज़ख्मों पे मेरे प्यार का मरहम रख दो
बेक़रारी तो मिटे कुछ तो क़रार आ जाए

(courtesy :  Mr. Anil Bhargav’s book on Hindi Film Lyricists “Hindi Filmon ke Geetkaar” –
Archana gupta
on sangeet ke sitare)

Mirza Sahiban (1947
Cast: Madam Noor Jehan, Trilok Kapoor, Roop Kamal, Rekha, Gulab, Mishra, Baby Anwari, Gope, Laxman, Amir Banu

Music by Husnlal-Bhagatram and Pandit Amarnath
Dialogue Writer – Aziz Kashmiri

He was one of the most popular lyricists in early 50s in punjabi films. He has some really lovely songs to his credit. Was quite close to Vinod and wrote lovely lyrics for him.


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19 responses to “Aziz Kashmiri-a poet, lyricist of Hindi and Punjabi songs.

  1. Kashif Kashmiri

    April 24, 2013 at 9:17 am

    I love you grand pa – May Allah bless your soul and allow it to rest in peace – amin
    [you will be proud to know about your sons Akky and Babli equally love poems and your grandson Atif Kashmiri from Akky got an amazing memory of poems and gazals and wrote few….we all love you, miss you and proud of you……] – Kashif Kashmiri.

    • b r garg

      June 9, 2013 at 6:54 pm

      Mr. Kashif,
      glad to know about the literary passion of his younger generation. will you please throw more light on his works and share his thoughts with the readers.
      Thanks and regards,

    • Salma

      October 17, 2013 at 9:37 am

      Hello Kashif
      Am a researcher interested in your grandfather’s life and works. Is it possibble to get in touch with you via email? Here’s my address

      • Narendrasinh.gohil

        November 2, 2021 at 6:57 am

        Premi & Salma
        pl share the birth and death Anniversary date of renowned lyricist if you have with at least to remember him by attributing tribute to him through his melodies .

    • vivek Kumar

      April 13, 2017 at 5:06 am

      Dear Kashif can you post a image of Aziz Kashmiri ji.

  2. somecreativevoices

    June 10, 2013 at 2:07 pm

    i second Mr Garg’s comment . do share something more about him kashif. and thanks for visiting 🙂

  3. Premi

    February 16, 2014 at 1:08 pm

    My dear Kashif kashmiri ji
    Aadab I am Kashmiri like you and am interested to know more about your grandfather Aziz kashmir sahib today I come across little bit about his life and works and became more curious to know about him .Please drop a line and be in touch with me on my E mail
    I am a research scholar and would like to know more about him.

  4. Murtuza

    August 15, 2014 at 4:18 pm

    Information on marhoom Aziz Kashmiri saheb was very interesting. Thanks so much. Further, for the sake of authenticity, I would like to know either from Mr. Kashif or the author of this article, as to which songs from the film “Yeh raat phir na aayegi” were written by Aziz Kashmiri saheb. Thanks again.

  5. Archana

    October 15, 2014 at 9:27 pm

    Thanks Murtuza Sahib. The following three songs are credited to Aziz Kashmiri Sahib in Ye Raat Phir Na Aayegi

    Har Tukda Mere Dil Ka

    Huzur-e-Wala Jo Ho Ijaazat

    Mohabbat Cheez Hai Kya

    Other five are by S.H. Bihari Sahib

  6. Aziz Kashmiri

    October 31, 2014 at 12:46 pm

    Never saw my Grandfather but really amazed to find something about him in google as well always heard about him and his work from my father Akhtar Kashmiri…thank you so Archana Gupta for letting the world know about this Legendary Poet Mr.Aziz Kashmiri..
    May Allah bless you.
    Its a request from my father and my uncle if you have any of his collections.. my gmail account my fb account

  7. Keep Alive - Vintage Music

    November 3, 2015 at 2:59 pm

    Shall be glad if any of you can kindly mail me details on the renowned poet-lyricist Aziz Kashmiri. This is in connection with a music programme titled Endearing Lyricism – Enduring Lyricists planned to be presented under the aegis of my music organisation Keep Alive.
    My mail id is keepalivemusic@gmail,com and

    Thank you all

    Manohar ‘Mohabbat’ Iyer
    98205 35910

  8. ahsan mohiuddin

    November 14, 2015 at 12:30 pm

    You left out “bade khoobsoorat bade hi haseen” song from film dil aur mohabbat
    Unless he(aziz kasmiri)didn’t write ir
    If so please let me stand corrected

  9. Bharat Patwala

    June 10, 2016 at 5:11 pm

    V interesting & informative write up on Aziz Kashmiri.

  10. narendrasinh

    October 7, 2016 at 5:13 am

    Kashif , few days back i watched film chaman .To my surprise star cast indicate name of aziz kashmiri as a actor but i couldn`t identify him in which kirdar he acted in the film.

  11. narendrasinh

    October 7, 2016 at 5:15 am

    few days back i watched movie CHAMAN starcast indicates name of AZIZ KASHMIRI as actor but i couldn`t identify him in which kirdar he has acted.

  12. Kashif

    November 29, 2016 at 8:24 am

    After long I visited this site again and yes there are many things on his work I could share that is something which I heard from my father at times on his good and bad days of life – his financial slaps and support from paach and other producers at time – My dad was too young when he passed away and I’ve never seen him besides few family photographs and his glimpse in arab dress in movie like International Crook [the short guy in specs and mustaches – acting as arab] – Dada stayed all his life since 1960s in Park Site Colony, Vikhroli West – Mumbai 79.He faced death due to heart attack in mid of the night – his wife was a school teacher for Urdu Medium and she too faced her Lord in 2009.His 2 sons Akhtar Kashmiri, Abudl Khaliq Kashmiri [Babli] still stays in Vikhroli, Mumbai – But tried their luck in Industy….
    Best thing I remember is about his visit with Mr.Feroz Khan where he first met his wife….and discussed the same with Dada – ‘Said Pa ji kudi changi lad di hai mainu” and dad says at times he use to right poems on bus tickets – it use to get click in fraction of seconds……
    One of those bus tickets was with my dad in which Dada wrote “Huzoor phoolo si zindagi aap par fida kardi…Mohabbat humne ki aur iski kimat bhi ada kar di”
    I’ll sure speak to my dad and will share his details to all respected poem lovers here to know further more about Marhoom Aziz Kashmiri.

    Peace be upon all of Almighty God.


  13. sandeep

    January 16, 2017 at 8:17 pm

    Woderfully written. Just listened to one of his compositions – phir milogey kabhi, is raat ka waada kar lo…absoutely brilliant!

  14. Soheb kashmiri

    August 23, 2017 at 7:32 pm

    Thanks all


    September 21, 2021 at 7:00 am

    Eager to know much more about the Legendary Poet.
    Probably he didn’t get the due recognition that he truly deserved.
    Nevertheless am glad that some information has been shared.
    Some the best songs penned is from the 1951 Classic “DHOLAK” as well.
    Shall wait for his images and other details like date of birth etc.,


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