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Shakeel Badayuni (3 August 1916 – 20 April 1970) was an Indian Urdu poet, lyricist and songwriter in Bollywood. Shakeel Badayuni was born in Badaun, Uttar Pradesh. His father, Mohammed Jamaal Ahmed Sokhta Qadiri, wanted him to have a good career, thus he arranged Arabic, Urdu, Persian, and Hindi tuition for Shakeel at home. His inclination towards poetry was not hereditary like other shayars.One of his distant relatives, Hazrat Zia-ul-Qadiri Badayuni Rehmatullah Aleh, was a religious shayar. Shakeel Masoodi was influenced by him and the contemporary environment of Badayun led him to poetry.
When he joined Aligarh Muslim University in 1936, he started participating in inter-college, inter-university mushairas and won frequently. In 1940, he married Salma, who was his distant relative and had been living in a common house with him since childhood, however, the purdah system was vogue in their family and they were not close. After completing his BA, he moved to Delhi as a supply officer, but continued participating in mushairas, earning fame nationwide. Those were the days of shayars who wrote about the downtrodden sections of society, their upliftment, the betterment of society and all. But Shakeel had an altogether different taste – his poetry was romantic and close to the heart. Shakeel used to say:
Main Shakeel Dil Ka Hoon Tarjuman
Keh Mohabbaton Ka Hoon Raazdaan
Mujhe Fakhr Hai Meri Shayari
Meri Zindagi Se Juda Nahin
During his Aligarh days, Badauni also started learning Urdu poetry formally from Hakim Abdul Waheed "Ashk"Bijnori.
In Association with :
Association with Naushad
Shakeel shared a close friendship with Naushad, Ravi and Naushad"s former assistant, Ghulam Mohammed, with whom he enjoyed his life to the fullest. Naushad used Shakeel as the lyricist for his tunes for most of his films for a period of 24 years. Baiju Bawra, which was a milestone in both of their careers, was supposed to go to Kavi Pradeep. Vijay Bhatt, the director of the movie was insistent on using Kavi Pradeep as lyricist, since the film was supposed to have many devotional songs. Naushad requested Vijay Bhatt to hear the lyrics written by Shakeel. Vijay Bhatt agreed.
When Shakeel Badayuni was diagnosed with TB, he was put up in a sanitorium in Panchgani for treatment. Naushad knowing that his financial condition was not well, took 3 films to him, getting the lyrics written in the sanatorium, and got him a payment of nearly 10 times more than his normal fees.
Association with Ravi
Shakeel also wrote a substantial chunk of his songs for music director Ravi Sharma. Prominent amongst those were Gharana (1961), Ghunghat,Grahasti (1963), Nartaki (1963), as well as Phool Aur Patthar and Do Badan.
Association with Hemant Kumar
Shakeel wrote for Hemant Kumar for movies like Bees Saal Baad, Sahib Bibi Aur Gulam, Bin Badal Barsaat.
Association with S.D.Burman
Shakeel penned lyrics for the tunes of S D Burman for movies Kaise Kahoon & Benazir.
C.Ramachandra – Zindagi Aur Maut, Wahan Ke Log. Roshan – Bedaag, Noorjahan.
His 20 Best Songs :
Suhaani raat dhal chuki (Dulaari)
Man tarpat hari darshan ko aaj (Baiju Bawra) (1952)
O duniya ke rakhwale (Baiju Bawra)
Madhuban me radhika naache re (Kohinoor)
Pyar kiya to darna kya (Mughal- E- Azam) (1960)
Chaudvi ka chand ho (Chaudvi ka Chand) (1960)
Dil laga kar hum ye samjhe (Zindagi Aur Maut)
Mere Mehboob tujhe meri (Mere Mehboob) (1963)
Jane bahaar husn tera bemisaal hai (Pyar Kiya To Darna Kya)
Ek shahenshah ne banwaa ke haseen Tajmahal (Leader)
Koi saagar dil ko (Dil Diya Dard Liya)
Beqaraar kar ke hume (Bees Saal Baad)
Lo aa gai unki yaad (Do Badan)
Na jao saiyaan (Sahib Bibi Ghulaam)
Merei baat rahi mere man me (Sahi Bibi Ghulaam)
Aaj puraani raahon se (Aadmi)
Jab dil se dil takraata hai (Sunghursh)
Ek baar zara phir kahe do (Bin Baadal Barsaat)
Tumhe paa ke hum ne (Gehra Daag)
Zindagi tu jhoom le zara (Kaise Kahoon)
1961 Filmfare Best Lyricist Award for the song Chaudvin ka chand ho in the film Chaudhvin Ka Chand (1960)
1962 Filmfare Best Lyricist Award for the song husnwale tera jawab nahin in the film Gharana (1961)
1963 Filmfare Best Lyricist Award for the song kahin deep jale kahin dil in the film Bees Saal Baad (1962)
A postage stamp, bearing his face, was released by India Post to honour him on 3 May 2013.