Unani By Dr. Shabistan Fatma Taiyabi
Majrooh Sultanpuri: A Hakim turns Poet
The great poet Majrooh Sultanpuri was born on 01 Oct 1919 in Sultanpur, Uttar Pradesh. His real name was Israr Hassan Khan. His father’s name was Muhammad Hassan Khan and Majrooh was his only child. After completing his madrasa education Majrooh joined State Takmil-ut-Tib College, Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh for education in the Unani system of medicine in 1933. While studying at the Takmil-ut-Tib college, he became interested in music. After completing his degree in Unani medicine, he established a matab (clinic) in the town of Tanda in Faizabad where he fell in love with a girl. But due to disgrace he leaves Tanda and returns to his native place Sultanpur. Majrooh started writing poetry in 1935. He shifted to Mumbai in 1945. He stated his lyrics carrier in the film Shahjahan. He wrote wonderful lyrics for over 300 films in Hindi Cinema during the 1950s and early 60s. his pen name is ‘Maj-rooh’ meaning ‘wounded soul’. In 1993, he was awarded the Dadasaheb Phalke Award, becoming the first lyricist to win the highest honor in cinema. He died on 24 May 200 in Mumbai.