I am not only a great music lover but also a great lover of poetry and Shaayari. Ghazal is a unique form of poetry containing the essential features of Radeef, Kaafia and fixed meter in all the SHERs.The literal meaning of Ghazal is the (painful) voice of (wounded) female deer (Ghazaala). Bollywood has gifted people like me a treasure of beautiful Ghazals and Nazms. I dedicate this article to Ghazals from Hindi movies. The list is subjective because every lover of Ghazals can prepare his / her list as per his / her choice.
I have excluded two classic Ghazals of legendary Ghazal singer – Ghulam Ali in this list as their shorter versions have only been included in the movies concerned. They are : 1. Chupke Chupke Raat Din Aansoo Bahaana Yaad Hai (Nikaah – 1982) and 2. Chamakte Chaand Ko Toota Hua Taara Bana Daala (Awaargi – 1990).
I have also not included some great Ghazals in this list viz. Kabhi Kisi Ko Muqammal Jahaan Nahin Milta (Ahista Ahista – 1981), Sansar Ki Har Shay Ka Itna Hi Fasana Hai (Dhund – 1973), Na Munh Chhupa Ke Jiyo (Humraaz – 1967), Mile Na Phool To Kaanto Se Dosti Kar Li (Anokhi Raat – 1968), Kisi Ki Yaad Mein Duniya Ko Hain Bhulaye Huye (Jahanaara – 1964), Yeh Kya Jagah Hai Doston (Umrao Jaan – 1981), Teri Yaad Dil Se Bhulane Chala Hoon (Hariyali Aur Raasta – 1962), Aah Ko Chaahiye Ek Umr Asar Hone Tak (Mirza Ghalib – 1954) etc. because I have covered them in my reviews of best Hindi movie songs and best philosophical songs.
My list of top twenty filmi Ghazals is as follows :
1. Justujoo Jiski Thi Usko To Na Paaya Humne (Umrao Jaan – 1981) : In my view, one of the best Ghazals of Asha Ji, penned by Shahryar and composed by Khayyam, picturized on Rekha in the title role. It is an example of highly meaningful and touching poetry. It’s the Ghazal which is the closest to my heart.
2. Ye Na Thi Hamaari Kismet Ki Visaal-E-Yaar Hota (Mirza Ghalib – 1954) : Mirza Ghalib’s immortal Ghazal, composed by Ghulam Mohammed which has been sung emotionally and performed upon masterly by the legendary singer-actress Suraiya.
3. Dil-E-Naadan Tujhe Hua Kya Hai (Mirza Ghalib – 1954) : Another classic Ghazal of the legendary Shaayar from this movie which is a memorable duet of Talat Mahmood and Suraiya. It’s been picturized on Bharat Bhooshan and Suraiya in the movie.
4. Nukta Cheen Hai Gham-E-Dil Usko Sunaaye Na Bane (Mirza Ghalib – 1954) : Another marvel from the pen of Ghalib, presented to the lovers of Shaayari by Ghulam Mohammed (composition) and Suraiya (singing and acting).
5. Seene Mein Jalan Aankhon Mein Toofan Sa Kyon Hai (Gaman – 1978) : An outstanding Ghazal authored by Sheheryaar, composed by Jaidev, sung by Suresh Wadkar and picturized on Farooq Sheikh.
6. Kisi Nazar Ko Tera Intezaar Aaj Bhi Hai (Aitbaar – 1985) : An excellent Ghazal which I relate to. It’s been sung jointly by Bhupinder and Asha, penned by Hasan Kamaal and composed by Bappi Lahiri. Suresh Oberai and Dimple Kapadia have performed beautifully on it in the movie.
7. Zinda Hoon Iss Tarah Ki Gham-E-Zindagi Nahin (Aag – 1948) : Mukesh’s highly emotional Ghazal, picturized on Raj Kapoor in his maiden directorial venture, penned by Behzad Lucknavi and composed by Ram Ganguly.
8. Yun Hasraton Ke Daag Mohabbat Mein Dho Liye (Adalat – 1958) : Nargis performs on Lata’s classic Ghazal, penned by Rajender Krishan and composed by Madan Mohan.
9. Hum Dard Ke Maaron Ka Itna Hi Fasaana Hai (Daag – 1952) : Talat Mahmood’s famous Ghazal, picturized on Dilip Kumar, penned by Shailendra and composed by Shankar Jaikishan.
10. Dikhai Diye Yun Ki Bekhud Kiya (Bazaar – 1982) : A classic Ghazal sung by Lata, picturized on Supriya Pathak, authored by the legendary Shaayar Mir Taqi Mir and composed by Khayyam.
11. Tumko Dekha To Ye Khayal Aaya (Saath Saath – 1982) : Jagjit Singh’s all time great Ghazal, picturized on Farooq Sheikh (singing for Deepti Naval), authored by Javed Akhtar and composed by Kuldeep Singh.
12. Kisi Ne Bhi To Na Dekha Nigaah Bhar Ke Mujhe (Dil Aashna Hai – 1992) : Pankaj Ud-haas’ emotional Ghazal, picturized on himself only, authored by Majrooh Sultanpuri and composed by Anand Milind.
13. Koi Saaghar Dil Ko Behlaata Nahin (Dil Diya Dard Liya – 1966) : Rafi’s classic Ghazal combined with the brilliant performance of the Tragedy King, Dilip Kumar. Naushad has composed the touching Shaayari of Shakeel Badayuni.
14. Uthaye Ja Unke Sitam Aur Jiye Ja (Andaz – 1949) : Lata’s classic Ghazal on which Nargis has delivered a memorable performance in the movie. Naushad has composed the Ghazal of Shakeel Badayuni.
15. Kabhi Khud Pe Kabhi Haalaat Pe Rona Aaya (Hum Dono – 1961) : A very very realistic Ghazal of Rafi combined with a touching performance by Dev Anand in the movie. Jaidev has composed the straight-from-the-heart words of Saahir Ludhiyanvi.
16. Tang Aa Chuke Hain Kashamkash-E-Zindagi Se Hum (Pyaasa – 1957) : A touching Ghazal emerging from the depth of the heart of the Shaayar, Saahir Ludhiyanvi which has been picturized on Guru Dutt, the Shaayar hero of this movie. Rafi has given voice to the composition of S.D. Burman.
17. Jurm-E-Ulfat Pe Hamen Log Saza Dete Hain (Taj Mahal – 1963) : A very small but very very meaningful Ghazal which is in fact an underrated song in this classic album. Beena Roy has performed on the voice of Lata and Roshan has composed the words of Saahir.
18. Dushman Na Kare Dost Ne Woh Kaam Kiya Hai (Aakhir Kyon – 1985) : A highly admirable Ghazal of Lata, picturized on Smita Patil. Rajesh Roshan has composed the words of Indeevar.
19. Badi Nazuk Hai Ye Manzil Mohabbat Ka Safar Hai (Joggers’ Park – 2003) : Jagjit Singh’s Ghazal embedding delicate feelings of a loving heart. Tabun has composed the words of Zameer Kazmi and it’s been picturized on Khalid Siddiqui.
20. Aankhon Aankhon Mein Dil Gaya Apna (Saanch Ko Aanch Nahin – 1979) : A beautiful romantic Ghazal sung by Shailendra Singh and picturized on Arun Govil (singing for Madhu Kapoor in the movie). Ramlaxman has composed the words of Kulwant Jani.
Other than these top twenty, I also like the following Bollywood Ghazals very much :
- Zindagi Jab Bhi Teri Bazm Mein Laati Hai Hamen (Umrao Jaan – 1981) : Sheheryaar’s Ghazal, sung beautifully by Talat Aziz (his best in my view) and performed emotionally by Farooq Sheikh (singing for Rekha in the movie).
2. In Aankhon Ki Masti Ke Mastaane Hazaaron Hain (Umrao Jaan – 1981) : A memorable Ghazal from the Sheheryaar-Khayyam-Asha-Rekha team.
3. Dil Cheez Kya Hai Aap Meri Jaan Leejiye (Umrao Jaan – 1981) : The same team presents another gem to the Shaayari-lovers.
4. Jhuki Jhuki Si Nazar Beqaraar Hai Ki Nahin (Arth – 1982) : Jagjit Singh’s classic Ghazal picturized on Raj Kiran who sings it for Shabaana Aazmi in the movie. It’s been penned by Shabaana’s father, Kaifi Aazmi and composer is Jagjit Singh himself.
5. Tum Itna Jo Muskura Rahe Ho (Arth – 1982) : Another touching Ghazal from the ditto team.
6. Unko Ye Shikaayat Hai Ki Hum Kuchh Nahin Kehte (Adalat – 1958) : Lata’s memorable Ghazal picturized on Nargis, penned by Rajender Krishan and composed by Madan Mohan.
7. Jaana Tha Hum Se Dur Bahaane Bana Liye (Adalat – 1958) : The same team presents another gem.
8. Patthar Se Sheesha Takra Ke Woh Kehte Hain Dil Toote Na (Sawan Ko Aane Do – 1979) : An underrated Ghazal containing intense emotions which has been sung by C. Anand Kumar for Arun Govil on the screen. Rajkamal has composed the beautiful words of Fauq Jami.
9. Ruke Ruke Se Kadam Ruk Ke Baar Baar Chale (Mausam – 1975) : A classic Ghazal from the team of Madan Mohan (composer), Gulzar (Shaayar) and Lata (singer). Performed on the screen by Sharmila Tagore.
10. Milti Hai Zindagi Mein Mohabbat Kabhi Kabhi (Ankhen – 1968) : A great romantic Ghazal of Lata, picturized on Mala Sinha (singing for Dharmendra on the screen), penned by Saahir and composed by Ravi.
11. Har Tarha Ke Jazbaat Ka Elaan Hain Aankhen (Ankhen – 1968) : A unique Ghazal which is the title song of this spy movie. Rafi has sung the words of Saahir, composed by Ravi.
12. Hamen To Shaam-E-Gham Mein Kaatni Hai Zindagi Apni (Jugnu – 1947) : A classic Ghazal of legendary singer-actress Noor Jehan which has been authored by : Asgar Sarhadi and composed by Feroze Nizami.
13. Chhalke Teri Aankhon Se Sharaab Aur Ziyaada (Arzoo – 1965) : Rafi’s hilarious Ghazal picturized on Rajendra Kumar who sings it for Saadhana in the disguise of an aged Hakim (doctor) in her birthday party. Shankar Jaikishan have composed the tune for the words penned by Hasrat Jaipuri.
14. Dekha Hai Zindagi Ko Kuchh Itna Kareeb Se (Ek Mahal Ho Sapno Ka – 1975) : Kishore Kumar’s emotional Ghazal containing beautiful words of Sahir, composed by Ravi and picturized on Dharmendra (his anguish is directed towards Sharmila Tagore who is also present there).
15. Dil Ke Armaan Aansuon Mein Beh Gaye (Nikaah – 1982) : Excellent Ghazal of singer-actress Salma Agha, authored by Hasan Kamaal and composed by Ravi.
16. Mohabbat Ki Raahon Mein Chalna Sambhal Ke (Uran Khatola – 1955) : Rafi gives voice for Dilip Kumar (singing to Nimmi) for this highly meaningful Ghazal penned by Shakeel Badayuni and composed by Naushad.
17. Tere Pyar Ki Tamanna, Gham-E-Zindagi Ke Saaye (Tawaif – 1985) : An apprehensive Ghazal being sung by a lover (Rishi Kapoor) for his sweetheart (Rati Agnihotri), sung superbly by Mahendra Kapoor in the music direction of Ravi, Hasan Kamaal being the Shaayar.
18. Maana Teri Nazar Mein Tera Pyar Hum Nahin (Ahista Ahista – 1981) : An emotionally charged, unforgettable Ghazal, sung by Sulakshana Pandit, picturized on Nanda, authored by Naqsh Lyallpuri and composed by Khayyam.
19. Rehte The Kabhi Jinke Dil Mein Hum Jaan Se Bhi Pyaron Ki Tarah (Mamta – 1966) : Lata’s classic Ghazal, giving voice to the painful sentiments of an unfortunate woman. It’’s been picturized on Suchitra Sen, penned by Majrooh and composed by Roshan.
20. Unke Khayaal Aaye To Aate Chale Gaye (Lal Patthar – 1971) : Rafi’s memorable Ghazal, penned by Hasrat Jaipuri, composed by Shankar Jaikishan and picturized on Raaj Kumar (remembering Hema Malini in the movie).
21. Tumhari Zulf Ke Saaye Mein Shaam Kar Loonga (Naunihal – 1967) : Rafi’s classic Ghazal, containing only two Shers, It’s been penned by Kaifi Aazmi, composed by Madan Mohan and picturized on Sanjeev Kumar (addressing to Indrani Mukherjee).
22. Nagma-O-Sher Ki Saugaat Kise Pesh Karoon (Ghazal – 1964) : Lata’s melodious Ghazal for Meena Kumari on the screen, penned by Saahir and composed by Madan Mohan.
23. Woh Zindagi Jo Thi Ab Tak Teri Panaahon Mein (Neel Kamal – 1968) : Asha’s underrated Ghazal, picturized on Waheeda Rehman, penned by Saahir and composed by Ravi.
24. Dil Gham Se Jal Raha Hai Jale Par Dhuan Na Ho (Shama – 1961) : An excellent Ghazal sung by Suman Kalyanpur, picturized on Nimmi, penned by Kaifi Aazmi and composed by Ghulam Mohammad.
25. Hosh Waalon Ko Khabar Kya Bekhudi Kya Cheez Hai (Sarfarosh – 1999) : Jagjit Singh’s romantic Ghazal, authored by Nida Fazli, composed by Jatin-Lalit and picturized on Aamir Khan (singing for Sonali Bendre).
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