Nadeemur Rehman

Mr. Fayyaz Hashmi is a legendary song and dialogue writer and above all a true loving person. He is by himself an institution and a common asset of the Indo-Pakistan film-world. His admirers as ever are not confined in national frontiers.  Those fond of Hindi / Urdu songs anywhere in the world have affection for him. The emergence of this bright star was evidenced much before independence of India, when Fayyaz Hashmi, still a teenager wrote the most famous song “Tasveer Teri Dil Mera Behla Na Sakhe Gi”. It was recorded in the voice of Talat Mehmood and music was composed by Kamal Das Gupta. This song brought “Talat” to limelight. Music for most of  the Fayyaz Hashmi’s songs recorded at Calcutta was composed by Kamal Das Gupta.

The dynamic achievements of young Fayyaz Hashmi and his clarity of expression by using simple words were greatly appreciated by Qazi Nazrul Islam -Tum mann main doob kar mann ka bhed nikaltey ho. Aasan shubdoon mein mushkil baat kehna buhut mushkil hay”. His unique combination of Urdu, Hindi and Sanskrit words to produce a harmonious song thus became a guideline for the future poets of geets. The transformation of some traditional Bangla songs was also facilitated. He has also written songs in Brij Bhasa and Purbi. His pre-independence songs total to about 1000.

Mr. Fayyaz was born at Calcutta. His father, Syed Muhammad Hussain Hashmi Dilgeer was a very famous poet and writer of stage drama. He was director at the top class theater of that time named “ MADAN THEATER LTD.” He knew 8 languages.

Fayyaz hashmi wrote his first verse “Chaman main Ghuncha-o-gul ka tabassum dekhne walo – Kabhi tum ne haseen kalyoon ka murjhana bhi dekha hai” when he was in 7th class. As a student of 9th class, he was participating in regular “mushairas”. He got an assignment in the British owned Gramophone Company at DumDum (now called Jessore Road, Kolkotta) India. He served there during 1943 to 1948 period. At that time the average monthly production of record was only 16. Once all the records (16) issued in a month were written by Mr. Fayyaz Hashmi- a record by itself. Some of the evergreen hit songs of Mr. Fayyaz Hashmi are quoted here:  

1-  Honton se gulfishan hain who – Aankhoon se ashkbar hum   Talat Mahmood
2-  Do Kafir Aankhoon ne mara     Talat Mahmood  
3-  Dil ko hai tum se pyar kyoon  Jag Mohan  
4-  Aaj use phir dekha hai Jag Mohan  
5-  Bhala tha kitna apna bachpan Hemant Kumar  

6-  Yeh Raaten yeh mausam yeh hansa hansana

(Also re-sung by Lata Mangeshkar as a tribute to the legendary  Pankhaj Mallick)  

Pankhaj Mallick
7-  Tasveer teri dil mera behla na sake gi Talat Mehmood  
8-  Ab yad hamein kyoon aati ho Hemant Kumar  
9-  Kitna dukh bhulaya tum ne  Hemant Kumar  
10-Maloom hay mujhko - ban Jao gi tum ek din taqdeer hamari  Jag Mohan

In 1948, he was posted as recording Manager at Dhaka Center of the Gramophone Company and thereafter in 1951 at Lahore. He promoted many talents like Farida Khanum, Saeen Marna, Saeen Akhtar and Saeen Budha.

He diverted towards the writing of film songs in 1956. “Kunwari Bewa” was the first film in Pakistan with his songs. He wrote more than 2000 songs for films and Gramophone Recording Company. He had also written stories, dialogues and scripts of many hit films like AULAD, ZAMAN KIYA KAHE GA, NEHLEY PE DEHLA, INTEKHAB, PEHCHAN, KHUDA AUR MUHABBAT, GHAREEBON KA BADSHAH etc. including “ HUM AIK HAIN” which was also directed by him.  It was the first Pakistani film with 5 songs filmed in colour and as such a record in Pakistan film industry.


He received Graduate Award 3 times and also Nigar award for the best song in 1978 on “Chalo Achha Hua Tum Bhool Gaye” film “Lakhoon Main Aik”. He received International award in 1986 and another Nigar award in 1988 for the best dialogue of film “ Ghareebon Ka Badshah”. In addition to these he recounts about 11 Silver Jubilee Awards and 17 Golden Jubilee**.  Deewane Tere Pyar ke” is the latest film all songs of which have been written Fayyaz Hashmi.

The first compilation of his poetry was published as “ RAG RANG” in 1944 in India. His poems were published in various journals and magazines like Adbi Duniya, Adbe Lateef, Alamgeer, Beesveen Sadi, Shama (Delhi), Chitrali (Dhaka), Nigar (Karachi), Amar Jadeed and Amrit Bazar Patrika (Calcutta, India). He wrote many Naats and Qawwalis. He also wrote many National songs like (Ae Quiad-e-Azam tera ehsan hai ehsan” & “ Suraj Kare Salam – Chanda kare Salam”.

On the publication of his mystic versus, Mr. Raees Amrohi commented that “History of Sufi poets is indicative of a glorious future for them and Mr. Fayyaz Hashmi has very faithfully absorbed himself by heart and soul in that trait.”

Mr. Fayyaz Hashmi is a great asset and trendsetter. God Bless him with best of health and long life.  


Film Year Music Director Song Singer

Silver Jubilee

Golden Jubilee


1967 Inayat Husain  Nishan bhi koi na chora Mehdi Hasan

Silver Jubilee

Aashiana 1964 A.Hameed Ja re bedardi to ne kakin ka na chora Mala Golden Jubilee


1956 Hasan Latif Lalik  “Gari Ko Chalana Baboo” Zubeda Khanum  Silver Jubilee


  A.Hameed  “Tum qaum ki ma ho”  Naseem Begum   Golden Jubilee


1970 Sohail Rana   “Duniya ko hum kia samjhain”  Mehdi Hasan  Golden Jubilee
Dastan 1969  Khalil Ahmed   “Qissa gham mein tera nam na ane denge”  Mehdi Hasan  Silver Jubilee

Dewar Bhabhi  

1967  Inayat Hussain   Yeh Kaghzi Phool jese chehrey”  Mehdi Hasan  Golden Jubilee
Dil ke Tukrey   1965 Safdar Husain “Zindagi tum se mili”  Mala / Munir Husain  Golden Jubilee
Eid Mubarik   1965 A.Hameed   Taqdeer Hans rahi thi Gham muskura”   Mala Golden Jubilee
Hazar Dastan  1965  Rashid Attre   “Akhon si mili anhkein”  Mehdi Hasan  Golden Jubilee
Jasoos  1977 Tafoo  “Sathi Mujhey Mil Giya”  Nahid Niazi  Silver Jubilee
Jawab Do   1974  A.Hameed  Ek birhan bethi”  Naseem Begum  Silver Jubilee
Lakhon Mein Aik   1967 Nisar Bazmi  “Chalo acha hua tum bhool gae”  Noor Jehan  Golden Jubilee
Paigham   1964 Safdar Husain  “teri khatir jal rahe hein kub se parwane”   Mala / Noor Jehan Golden Jubilee

Piya Milan ki Aas

1969  Saleem Iqbal  “ Thumein Chahun Thumarey Chahne Walo”  Mehdi Hasan  Golden Jubilee

Phir Subah Hogi

1967  Nashad   “Daiya re daiya kanta chubha”  Runa Laila Golden Jubilee

Raat ke Rahi

1960  A.Hameed   “Kia hua dil pe”  Zubeda Khanum Silver Jubilee

Rishta hay Piar ka  

1967  Nashad    “Hum jis ke hein Dewane”  Ahmed Rushdi  Silver Jubilee


1960  A.Hameed  ‘Mukhrey pe sehra”   Naseem Begam Golden Jubilee



Rashid Attre 

“Lat uljhi suljha ja”  

Noor Jehan  Golden Jubilee


1959  Manzoor  To jo Nahin to Kuch bhi nahin”  S.P.John  Silver Jubilee


1968 A.Hameed  “trey liye o jan e janlakhon sitam uthaen ge”  Mala  Silver Jubilee

Shab Bakher

1967 Safdar Husain   “Hume koi gham nahin tha Ashqi se pehle”   Mala   Silver Jubilee


1965 A.Hameed  Le Dooba Zindagi ko”   Mala  Golden Jubilee


1966 Deebo Bhatachariyaa  “Hum sher-e-wafa ke logon ko Taqdeer ne aksar loota hai”   Masood Rana  Golden Jubilee
Tauba     1964 A.Hameed   O re balam din ye ” Mala     Golden Jubilee


1976  Kamal Ahmed   “Rhim Jhim ki Barsat”  Mehdi Hasan   Golden Jubilee

Zamana kia Kahega

1961 Muslehuddin  “Raat Saloni Ai” Nahid Niazi Silver Jubilee

About the Authors

* Nadeemur Rehman is an Electronics Engineer and presently working in the field of Information Technology.

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