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02-18-2012, 01:28 AM #1
Shahryar: Ghalib of the modern timesShahryar who passed away a few days ago, battling with cancer was one of those poets, who created milestones in Hindi cinema through his pen, and the films that got adorned by the power of his pen became eternal and as long as cinema and its musical fans exist, Shahryar would rule in their hearts.
A lyricist who was picked up by Yash Raj banner to score music for their film FAASLE, which became one of the musical hits of his time, had the guts to refuse Yash Chopra for writing lyrics in subsequent films, as he was of the firm belief that a poet should not commercialize his trade, but should maintain exclusivity by writing sporadically.
No wonder, he was a constant companion in films of Muzaffar Ali, starting from UMRAO JAAN to ANJUMAN, the tapestry of musical film that Muzaffar Ali had woven, weaving it around the cultural ethos of India that existed in and around Lucknow, would not have attained element of immortality but for the adornment to the tapestry in form of lyrics by Shahryar's pen name. The importance of Shahryar as a lyricist for such kind of films is evident from undertaking the comparison of lyrics between UMRAO JAAN made by Muzaffar Ali and that made by J P Dutta. It would be difficult to recall any lyrics from UMRAO JAAN directed by J P Dutta, but all the lyrics of UMRAO JAAN directed by Muzaffar Ali still are hummed with passion across generations. Sadly enough, ZOONI, which Muzaffar Ali scrapped also were to feature three songs written by Shahryar, and may be as a tribute to his memory Muzaffar Ali would make it reach the aficionados.