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Sunday, November 6th, 2011

Muslehuddin

Abul Qasim Mohammed Muslehuddin was a very conscious listener of western as well as the eastern music in his teens, in East Pakistan. Although an M. A. in economics, he was addicted to music and made a career out of it. He understood and recognized the beats and nuances from the very beginning.

When the love of music drove him, he came to Lahore. The first assignment he got in the films was Aaj Kal, starring Kamal and Sabiha, but he had some problems with the film maker, and left it, while the rest of the songs of the film were made by Master Inayat. Only one song he had made, Chalta Chala Ja by Salim Raza was popular, but the film came late. In 1958, brilliant film maker Luqman was making a film Aadmi, on a powerful story of the coalmine workers, written by Dilip Kumar’s brother, Sarwar Ayub. Muslehuddin was picked for the film, and Aadmi became Muslehuddin’s debut. When the film was released, the songs on the workers’ unity were quite inspiring, like Zameen Par Qadam Hain, with Habib, Yasmeen and Alauddin picturising the number, as well as the tragic number by Naheed Niazi,Jaag Taqdeer Ko Jaga Loongi. But, it was a swinging club song by Batish, titled Aaya Zamana Naya, which was a virtual pop song by Muslehuddin. Naheed Niazi’s cute hit, Mera Kaha Kabhi Maan lo had a catchy western beat. From amongst the nine songs in the film, Naheed Niazi sang eight of them! So, you could very well imagine the strumming of young tunesmith’s heartstrings. When Zia Sarhadi came to Pakistan, he also picked Muslehuddin as his music director in his film,Rahguzar. The film, which was the first released in 1960, was about a street urchin and a tramp. The film wasn’t so popular, as were its songs. The song in the voices of Saleem Raza and Zubeida Khanum, Tere Jahan Mein Hamein Mila Kya was a beautiful tragic number. Another popular number by Zubeida Khanum was Dil Hai Besahara, which is based on a typical dance club beat in the west, imported from African bongo-based numbers. But, Muslehuddin’s most famous song from Rahguzar was undoubtedly, Saleem Raza’s brilliant number, Magar ae Haseena-e-Nazneen. The whole song is based on the harmonium and the accordion, both delightful instruments, but rarely heard these days in films.

 

In Humsafar, the hit, Zindagi mein aik pal bhee chaen aaey na is still a favourite with many old music buffs, which got Muslehuddin a Nigar Award. It has picturised on Aslan Pervaiz and Yasmeen. Humsafar is the film, where the visiting singer, Hemant Kumar also sang a number, Raat suhani hai in Musleh’s composition. In Iqbal Yousuf’s big hit, Zamana Kya Kahe Ga, the song people couldn’t forget was Raat saloni aae by Rushdi and Naheed Niazi. Iqbal Yousuf liked him so much that he gave him a couple of his movies. In his Daal Mein Kala, Muslehuddin this time concentrated on pop-style duets of Rushdi and Naheed Niazi, namely Aa Habibi and Gori Barri Yoon. Naheed’s Samajih Na Aaey Dil Ko Kahan Le Jaoon, obviously picked up from the west, was famous, and Muslehuddin composed a very interesting qawwali, Lab Pe Naghma, Dil Mein Dharkan. In 1963, Dil Ne Tujhe Maan Liya was in a similar mood. An Arabic tune, with Arabic lines, Raetassabin An Ala Qasrin Mutafazzilan Badrun Wa Hilala, was sung brilliantly by Naheed Niazi. Yahudi Kee Larki, Nehle Pe Dehla, Shikari Doctor and Diwana followed, with Madam Noor Jahan’s hit in Diwana, titled Mujhe Apni Duniya Mein wapas Bula Le, a real soulful number. In 1966 came Kamal’s Joker, directed by Iqbal Yousuf. Fabulous hits like Ahmad Rushdi’s Shauq-e-Awargi and Pyar Mein Hum Ne Khai Hai Thokar were the highlight of the circus-based film. In Iqbal Yusuf’s Josh, songs like Tujh Ko Bhee Banaya Allah Ne by Rushdi andSayyan Bedardi by Mala were eastern compositions, his best was Raat Chali Hai Jhoom Ke by Rushdi and Naheed Niazi, a rhapsodic serenade with Spanish accompaniments or Cantata. Mohsin shirazi’s Jan Pehchan, with Mohammad Ali and the lovely Iranian girl, Shehpara was released in 1967. Naheed Niazi sang thoroughly persianised number, Jan-e-ma, which remains the most brilliantly sung foreign language song in our films. Mujhe Jeeno Do and Awara in 1968 were not too noteworthy for songs, though Mujeeb Alam’s Thaki Thaki See Zindagi is a sensitive number from Awara. Muslehuddin gave lots of music for children on television, and he and his charming wife, Naheed Niazi, who is the daughter of former director of Radio Pakistan Karachi, Mr. Sarwar Niazi, remained linked with Pakistan, even after settling in England. Muslehuddin died late last month, and one just hopes that PTV has the simple decency of showing a program on this great music director of Pakistan.

 

 

Song

Film

Year

Vocalist1

Vocalist2

Chain se so rahe they ham koi jaga key chal diya Aadmi 1 1958 Munir Husain -
Aik do teen char panch chhay lay lay lay aaya Aadmi 1 1958 Baatish Others
Mera kaha kabhi maan lo Aadmi 1 1958 Nahid Niazi -
Meri mohabbat nay aarzo kay diye jalaye bujha na daina Aadmi 1 1958 Nahid Niazi -
Jaag taqdeer ko jaga loon gi saaray dukh dard bhool jaaon gi Aadmi 1 1958 Nahid Niazi -
Is jahan say dil laga ke daikh lay Aadmi 1 1958 Nahid Niazi Salim Raza
Zamana pyar ka itna hi kam hay yeh na jana tha Aadmi 1 1958 Nahid Niazi -
Jaag taqdeer ko jaga loon gi saaray dukh dard bhool jaaon gi Aadmi 1 1958 Nahid Niazi -
Zameen par qadam hay falak par nazar hay Aadmi 1 1958 Nahid Niazi Salim Raza
Kuchh tum ne suna kya main ne kaha kyon geet suhane gaya jiya kaho kyun Hamsafar 1960 Salim Raza Nahid Niazi
Zindgi main aik pal bhi chain aye na Hamsafar 1960 Salim Raza -
Raat suhani hay khoya khoya chaand hay Hamsafar 1960 Hemant Kumar -
Tujhe piyar aye kisi pay kab tera jo sitam hay so besabab Rahguzar 1 1960 Salim Raza -
Kaisa safar hai kaheiye yunhi qareeb rahiye Zamana Keya Kahe Ga 1961 Ahmed Rushdi Nahid Niazi
Dil na janay kab aaye ga huzoor ka Zamana Keya Kahe Ga 1961 Irene Parveen -
Lab pe yeh sharmana ji apnon se ghabrana ji Zamana Keya Kahe Ga 1961 Ahmed Rushdi Mala
Raat saloni aayee baat anokhi laye Zamana Keya Kahe Ga 1961 Ahmed Rushdi Nahid Niazi
Kahay ko jhagar ke chale ho akar ke Zamana Keya Kahe Ga 1961 Ahmed Rushdi -
Samajh na aaye dil ko kahan le jaao snam Dal Main Kala 1963 Nahid Niazi -
Gori bari yoon baat kaisay na kahoon bin kahay bhi to samjha karo Dal Main Kala 1963 Ahmed Rushdi Nahid Niazi
Sun kiya tum main dil jee Dal Main Kala 1963 Ahmed Rushdi Nahid Niazi
Tujhe kya khabar meri ik nazar bari jadugar aa habibi Dal Main Kala 1963 Nahid Niazi Others
Yeh nakhre kiya baat hay yeh zulfain kiya shaan hay Dil Ne Tujhe Man Liya 1963 Ahmed Rushdi -
Kyun huzoor kyun ji huzoor kyun ji dil ne tujhe maan liya Dil Ne Tujhe Man Liya 1963 Ahmed Rushdi Nahid Niazi
Koi kisi ka dard na jane Deewana 1964 Noor Jahan -
Saanwaray baanwaray hain nit nit ke yeh melay Deewana 1964 Noor Jahan -
Mujhay apni duniya main waapas bula le Deewana 1964 Noor Jahan -
Teri baat samjh na aaye iqrar kabhi inkar kabhi Deewana 1964 Ahmed Rushdi Nasim Begum
Palkon ki ghani chhaon ke tale do pemanay tum le ke chale Nehlay Pe Dehla 1964 Ahmed Rushdi -
Aaj is shehr main kal neye shehr bus isi lehar main Joker 1966 Ahmed Rushdi -
Piyar main hum nay khai hay thokar Joker 1966 Ahmed Rushdi -
Chair rahi pagli hawa aaja pya Josh 1 1966 Nahid Niazi Others
Sayyan bedardi na ja re na ja re chor ke Josh 1 1966 Nahid Niazi -
Raat chali hai jhoom ke Josh 1 1966 Ahmed Rushdi Nahid Niazi
Tujh ko bhi banaya Allah ne mujh ko bhi banaya Allah ne Josh 1 1966 Ahmed Rushdi -