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Pen Name : 'Majrooh'
Real Name : Asrar Hasan Khan
maiñ akelā hī chalā thā jānib-e-manzil magar
log saath aate ga.e aur kārvāñ bantā gayā
main akela hi chala tha jaanib-e-manzil magar
log sath aate gae aur karwan banta gaya
Majrooh Sultanpuri, whose real name was Asrar Hasan Khan, was born in Sultanpur. After completion of his basic education in Urdu, Persian and Arabic, he went to Aligarh and then moved to Mumbai, where he settled and wrote for films.
Majrooh began writing ghazals when he was trying his hand at Yunani medicine in Sultanpur. Although, he had sought guidance in sher-o-shayari during his early days from Aasii, a senior local shaayar, he was a novice and not an expert. It was Jigar Moradabadi, who heard the inexperienced Majrooh ay a mushaira in 1941. He was so impressed by the promising young shayar that he took him under his wing and introduced him to various urban audiences.
Soon Majrooh had his own identity and began the journey that landed him in Mumbai. He wrote popular songs for many films and received a lot of awards for his poetic contribution to ghazals. He was the first lyricist to be honored with the Dadasaheb Phalke Award. He was also the recipient of the Ghalib Award and the Iqbal Prize. He passed away in Mumbai in the year 2000.