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Aap ki mehki huyi zulf ko kehte hain ghata

Posted on: September 20, 2014

This article is written by Sadanand Kamath, a fellow enthusiast of Hindi movie music and a contributor to this blog. This article is meant to be posted in If this article appears in sites like and etc then it is piracy of the copyright content of and is a punishable offence under the existing laws.

Sahir Ludhianvi will always be remembered for the respect he brought to the lyricists of Hindi films. His arrival in the Hindi film industry set a bench mark for lyricists which brought about a transformation in the style of lyrics writing for Hindi film songs from the 5Os through 7Os.

His stock went so high after the success of Pyaasa (1957) and Naya Daur (1957) that some producers started signing him first before deciding on the music director or sometime even the main cast during his hey days. He ruled the Hindi film industry during most of his 3 decades of association with it. This was despite the fact that he had no opportunity to work with three of the top music directors of his time viz Naushad, Husnlal Bhagatram and Shanker-Jaikishan. And two other top music directors namely S D Burman and O P Nayyar refused to associate with him after 1957. How did he manage to stay aloft in the Hindi film industry? The answer is that the quality of his lyrical poetry far outweighed his temperament and his rigid conditions for writing songs. Let us see his report card in the following table:

NOTE: This table has been prepared from the list of songs available at which has been counter checked with Ultimately, I have gone by the latter source. There could be some minor discrepancies because of version songs.Sahir wrote 724 songs in 115 films for 30 music directors. More than 5O% of his songs were written for just 3 music directors – S D Burman, Ravi and N Datta. It is significant to note that Sahir worked with S D Burman only during 1951-57 but still he wrote his maximum number of songs for him. A few prominent music directors in the ‘Others’ category with whom he worked were Anil Biswas, C Ramchandra, Hemant Kumar and Kalyanji Anandji .Period wise song output of Sahir Ludhianvi throws some interesting statistics. During 1948-6O, he wrote 3O9 songs which came down to 241 songs during 1961-7O and further declined to 174 songs during 1971-82. Surely, his condition of getting remuneration of one rupee more than the music directors and his rigid stand of not writing lyrics to pre-set tunes had affected his output. But financially, he may not have been worse off as during this lean period, he constructed his bungalow ‘Parchhaayian’ sometime in mid 7Os and stayed there with a fleet of cars until his death in October 25, 198O.Sahir Ludhianvi was almost like ‘in house’ lyricist for B R Films (B R Chopra) and for Yash Raj Films (Yash Chopra) who wrote lyrics for most of their films. Yash Chopra, who directed films, ‘Joshila’ (1973), ‘Deewaar’ (1975) and ‘Trishul’ (1978) produced under the banner of Trimurti Films of Gulshan Rai, also entrusted Sahir Ludhianvi for writing songs for these films.I am presenting here one of the songs from the film TRISHUL (1978) ‘aapki mehki huyi zulf ko kahte hain ghata’ sung by Yesudas and Lata Mangeshkar under the music direction of Khaiyyam. The song is picturised on Sanjeev Kumar and Waheeda Rehman when the credit titles of the film are being shown on the screen. While the lover admires his beloved and tells her that he calls her intoxicated eyes flowers. She smiles and tells him that she is nothing. It is he who feels that way. Then she teases him saying that his admiration of her is nothing but his desire filled glances. In the next, she teases him further by saying that his admiration of her is something which is difficult to believe. Such type of praises reflects his ultimate intention. Of course at the end they feel that they are fortunate to have each other for company, the fructifying desires of the centuries of both of them to be with each other.It is a beautifully worded romantic song nicely picturised without much of disturbances from the credit title display on the screen.



Song-Aapki mehki huyi zulf ko kehte hain ghata (Trishul)(1978) Singers-Yesudas, Lata, Lyrics-Sahir Ludhianvi, MD-KhayyaamBothaapki ee
mehki huyi ee
zulf ko kehte hain ghata
aapki ee
mehki huyi ee
zulf ko kehte hain ghata
aapki madbhari aakhon ko kanwal kehte hain
aapki madbhari aakhon ko kanwal kehte hain
main to o
kuchh bhi nahin ee
tumko haseen lagti hoon
isko chaahat bhari nazron ka amal kehte hain
isko chaahat bhari nazaron ka amal kehte hain
ek ham hi nahin
ek ham hi nahin sab dekhne waale tumko
sangemarmar pe
sangemarmar pe likhi shokh ghazal kehte hain
sangemarmar pe likhi shokh ghazal kehte hain
aisi baaten na karo
aisi baaten na karo
jinka yakeen mushkil ho
aisi taareef ko
aisi taareef ko neeyat ka khalal kehte hain
aisi taareef ko neeyat ka khalal kehte hain

aapki madbhari aakhon ko kanwal kehte hain
isko chaahat bhari nazron ka amal kehte hain
meri taqdeer ke tumne mujhe apnaa samjhaa
meri taqdeer ke tumne mujhe apnaa samjhaa
isko sadiyon ki
isko sadiyon ki tammanaaon ka phal kehte hain
isko sadiyon ki tammanaaon ka phal kehte hain
isko sadiyon ki tammanaaon ka phal kehte hain

Music Directors No. of Films No. of Songs
S D Burman 18 137
Ravi 19 129
N Datta 18 115
Roshan 8 60
Khaiyyam 5 41
Laxmikant-Pyarelal 6 32
R D Burman 4 25
Madan Mohan 3 24
O P Nayyar 5 23
Jaidev 3 2O
Chitragupta 2 13
Others(19) 24 1O5
Total 115 724

10 Responses to "Aap ki mehki huyi zulf ko kehte hain ghata"

Sahir, in an interview, had claimed the full success of hit songs of ‘Naya Daur’, stating that ‘OP had given similar music in other films too, but the songs of those films were not hit. Songs of ‘Naya Daur’ were hit due to good lyrics!’ OP didn’t like the comment & rejected Chopra’s ‘Sadhna’ as BR was not willing to leave Sahir.
Later, N. Datta got the chance in ‘Sadhna’ on the recommendation of Sahir.


@ Kamath Sir – thanks for the beautiful post Sir, and the information on songs penned by Sahir Saab.
Will help us a lot to get all those here 🙂


Yesudas singing for Sanjeev Kumar…. I don’t mind as both are my favorites. On the top, the song is by the combo Sahir and Khayyam. Song has to be melodious. 🙂
Thank you Sadanandji for the post and the details.


Khayyam and Sahir Ludhianvi have worked jointly in 6 movies…Phir Subah Hogi (1958), Shagoon (1964), Kabhi Kabhie (1976), Trishul (1978), Kaala Patthar (1979), Chambal Ki Kassam (1980)…Sahir (Abdul Hayi) was fluent in Urdu languages and had a very large exquisite, linguistic vocabulary. Many times he used a word because of the way it sounded.Sahir used some fairly obscure words that wasn’t so familiar in daily use. In such situations, he (Khayyam) try to keep his tune so simple, so when people hum the tune easily with the unknown word, evantually their curosity will find the meaning too.


Rajesh Roshan was the MD for Kaala Pathhar (1979). So there are 5 movies of Sahir-Khayyam combination.


Nice data, but ur short by about half a dozen movies and some 30 odd songs if u’ve relied on myswar, cause there are some songs like, dushman mohabbat ka duniya mein na koi aisa (Ek Mahal Ho Sapno Ka)-believe already included in this blog, thats not part of myswar/geet kosh etc. There are unreleased movies like Kaafir of Khayyam/Sahir and others that m sure not part of ur data. Most folks dont have them in their lists.


Yes. There is some limitation in creating song database based on The aim is to create a base data of songs, singer wise, lyricist wise and MD wise and go on improving them as new sources of information come in.

I may add here that In statistics analysis, a deviation of say -5% to +5% is acceptable based on the size of the data.

By the way, the song you have mentioned from EK MAHAL HO SPANO KA, 1975 has been included in the table given in the article. It is also included in myswar as hamse puccho ke haqiqat kyaa hai


In the above comments, please read ‘up to – 5% to +5%‘



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