Remembering popular Urdu poet Rahat Indori and his contribution towards Bollywood movies

Prominent Urdu poet, Dr. Rahat Indori, who was undergoing COVID treatment since Monday, Aug 10, passed away on Tuesday due to cardiac arrest. This is not only a great loss for the literary world but also for the entertainment and creative industry as well. While articles and social media posts are flowing around the internet with his poetic gems, we are here to talk about his contribution to the Hindi film industry. He was also a lyricist who has some deeply meaningful songs penned under his name. 

But before we go there, we have an interesting trivia for you. Did you know the popular “bulati hai magar jane ka nahi” meme is actually a poetry by Rahat Indori. 

We all have shared this meme, now go ahead and check out the video below to listen to the full poetry. 

Now, without further ado, let’s go down the memory lane and get deeper into the lyrical facets of this beloved artist. 

Dekh le ankhon mein aakhein dal (Munnabhai MBBS) – We loved the song because it was fun and entertaining but the lyrics are straight philosophy. Rahat Indori, through this song, gave the life lessons for which we now pay our therapists. That’s what good writers do to you, teach you things you didn’t know you needed. 

Our favourite lines : Har pal mein bita, sadiyon ka maza, jo beet gaya so beet gaya, jo beetna hai wo hans ke bita. 

Credit: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCXUeQqiD8DOQ6hsNZSKS-Cw?pbjreload=101

Dil ko hazaar baar (Murder) – This song from the 2004 erotic thriller, Murder, is mostly about the thriller and not so much about the erotic, unlike some of the other songs from the movie. You know what we are talking about here. All 90’s kids remember the short-lived erotic wave that started with Murder and Mallika Sherawat. And, considering those days when the whole family used to watch television together, we have had our share of embarrassment because of the music videos from the movie. We told you, this was going to be nostalgic. 

Our favourite lines: Ankhon mein bhar le andhera, tum aisi roshni se bachna…

Credit: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCi1CpFJh9ivmAp1ECSwfBRg

Ye rishta kya kehlata hai (Meenaxi: a tale of 3 cities) – Way before a television show simply ruined these lines for us, there were Rahat Indori and A.R Rahman who created this beautiful song and we are thankful we don’t have a remake (yet!) to ruin it further. We think it’s one of those Rahman’s underrated songs that surely deserve more listeners; even more for the uniquely melodic voice of Reena Bhardwaj. 

Credit: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC3MLnJtqc_phABBriLRhtgQ

Our favourite lines: tasveer banati rehti hoon, main tooti hui awaazon par, ek chehra dhoondti rehti hoon deewar kabhi darwaze par. 

Chori chori jab nazarein mili (Kareeb) – So, your active brain might not remember this song, and you might need a minute or two to remember this sweet, romantic song from the past. The moment you do, you will have a smile on your face. Sadly, they don’t make songs like this anymore. 

Our favourite lines: Ek chandni, ek chand se kaise rahegi juda…

Credit: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCJrDMFOdv1I2k8n9oK_V21w

Dekho dekho janam hum (Ishq) – Looking back at Kajol and Ajay Devgn, in a peppy romantic track, it’s hard to tell that this song is more than 20 years old. Oh! How we miss the good old days. 

Our favourite lines: Ab tu humein chahe ab tu humein bhoole, hum toh bane rahenge tere saye . 

Credit: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC3MLnJtqc_phABBriLRhtgQ

Well, this void is certainly difficult to fill. The country will miss his work, his words, and his charisma. May you rest in poetry, Dr. Rahat Indori. 

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