O. P. Nayyar
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|O. P. Nayyar|
January 16, 1926|
Lahore, British Punjab, British India
|Died||January 28, 2007
Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
|Occupation||Music director, composer|
O. P. Nayyar ( "O.P." ) started his career as a movie music composer by composing the background score for the movie Kaneez (1949). Aasmaan (1952), produced by Dalsukh M. Pancholi was O.P.Nayyar's first film as independent music director, after which he composed music for Chham Chhama Chham (1952) and Baaz (1953). He composed music for Guru Dutt's Aar Paar (1954), Mr. & Mrs. '55 (1955), C.I.D. (1956), and Tumsa Nahin Dekha (1957). He composed music for Phir Wohi Dil Laya Hoon and Mere Sanam. The former movie included his song, Bandaa Parwar, Thaamlo Jigar, while the latter included Jaayiye Aap Kahaan Jaayenge and Pukaarataa Chalaa Hoon Main. Some months later, he scored for the movie, Kashmir Ki Kali. Although he composed superb music for 'Mere Sanam', 'Phir Wohi Dil Laya Hoon', 'Kashmir Ki Kali', 'Baharen Phir Bhi Aayengi', 'C.I.D.' but he was considered for Filmfare's best Music Director Award in 'Naya Daur', which it is understood, he refused to accept saying that he has given better music in 'kashmir Ki Kali' and 'Mere Sanam' for which he was never recognised by Filmfare.
During the 1950s, the state-controlled All India Radio found O.P. too "trendy", and put for quite some time a ban on broadcasting most of his tunes. The far-away Radio Ceylon, (which later transformed into Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation), was at that time the only source from which O.P.'s new songs could be heard.
O.P. worked extensively with the singers Geeta Dutt, Asha Bhosle, and Mohammed Rafi. He never worked with Bollywood's leading female singer Lata Mangeshkar. The Lata Mangeshkar song "Ek To Balam Teri Yaad Satayein or Sari Sari Raat Teri Yaad Satayein" from 1958 film Aji Bas Shukriya is used in a 1973 movie Taxi Driver, for which O. P. Nayyar was the Music Director. This song was originally composed by Faruk Kaiser & Roshan Lal.
After a breakup with Mohammed Rafi, O.P. started to work with Mahendra Kapoor, an upcoming male singer. Mahendra Kapoor sang O.P.'s compositions in several films. He sang for Dharmendra, Badal Jaaye Agar Maali, Chaman Hotaa Nahi Khaali in Bahaaren Phir Bhi Aayengi. He worked in the movie, Sambandh, with Mukesh and in the movie, Shrimanji 1968, with Kishore Kumar for majority of the songs along with Mahendra Kapoor.
Based on one of Rabindranath Tagore's Bengali compositions, O.P. composed the song, Chal Akelaa, Chal Akelaa, sung by Mukesh. The same movie also included a baritone rendering by Hemant Kumar.
O.P. did produce a few songs with Shamshad Begum, including "Kajra Mohabbatwala". After Madhubala's death, heroines like Vyjayanthimala, Mala Sinha, Padmini, Asha Parekh, and Sharmila Tagore lip-synced several of the O.P.-Asha Bhosle numbers.
O.P. and Asha Bhosle parted ways in 1974. After the breakup, he tried to work with several singers, including Dilraj Kaur, Alka Yagnik, Krishna Kale, Vani Jayaram, and Kavita Krishanmurthy.
Majrooh Sultanpuri and Sahir Ludhianvi wrote lyrics for some of O. P.'s earlier compositions such as in Naya Daur. During making of Tumsa Nahin Dekha, the film director Nasir Hussain developed differences with Sahir Ludhianvi and Majrooh Sultanpuri had to write the remaining songs other than the tile song. O. P. always experimented with different upcoming lyricists like Jan Nisar Akhtar, Qamar Jalalabadi, S. H. Bihari, and Ahmed Wasi.
O.P.'s wife, Saroj Mohini Nayyar, is a lyricist. She wrote the C H Atma sung song, Preetam Aan Milo, which was later sung by Geeta Dutt in Mr. & Mrs. 55 album. For Shrimati 420 (1956), Mukhda of "Yahan Hum Wahan Tum" Song was also written by his wife Saroj Mohini Nayyar.
O.P. started the tradition of assigning to comedians full three-minute long songs. Comedian Om Prakash sang O.P.'s composition, Churi Bane Kanta Bane Oo My Son in Jaali Note. Comedian Johnny Walker sang aO.P.'s song, Aye Dil Hai Mushkil Jeena Yahaan in C.I.D., "Jaane Kahan Mera Jigar Gaya Jee" (Mr. & Mrs. 55),Main Bambaika Baaboo, Naam Meraa Anjaanaa in Naya Daur and Bajewala in Basant. There was later a movie titled Johnny Walker where Johnny Walker himself was the hero, for which, however, he was not keen on composing music. When its film director Ved Madan was persuading him to compose the album, he demanded the Latest Cadillac Limousin jokingly for the fee hoping that Ved Madan cannot fulfill the demand and he can get out of it. To his surprise, however, the car was delivered to his house and he could not back up and ended up composing the music for this album.
Along with some other numbers in the last movie, Asha Bhosle/Gita Dutt's, Thandi Thandi Hawaa, he composed a song, Yeh Desh Hai Veer Jawaanonkaa featuring Dilip Kumar and Ajit in Naya Daur (1957), for which he won the 1957 Filfare Best Music Director Award. The last O. P. composition which Asha sang was Chain Se Humko Kabhi. It was meant to be included in the movie, Pran Jaye Par Vachan Na Jaye (1973), but it was dropped in the final version of the movie. However, it won Asha Bhosle a 1974 Filmfare Best Female Playback Singer Award.
Though O. P. was still active in his musical career in the 1960s and '70s, he did not compose music for Rajesh Khanna or Amitabh Bachchan. He also did not provide music for movies starring Sanjeev Kumar, Shashi Kapoor, and Jitendra. With the exception of Rekha, O. P. did not compose music for heroines like Hema Malini, Raakhee or Zeenat Aman. He gave music to only one movie with the late Raj Kapoor (Do Ustad).
Sachin Dev Burman composed tunes for a succession of Bollywood stars. With Asha Bhosle singing for Nargis his composition, Koi Aayaa Dhadkan Kehti Hai in Lajwanti.
O.P. faded from the Bollywood scene in early 1970s, though he made a comeback attempt in the 1990s --- "Mangni" and "Nishchay" in 1992 and "Zid" in 1994.
During his retirement, O.P. stayed in touch with only a few select friends. Gajendra Singh and Ahmed Wasi were two among them. Gajendra Singh included O.P. as a judge for his TV show, Sa Re Ga Ma Pa. Ahmed Wasi interviewed O.P. twice for Vividh Bharati and presented his life-sketch through six hour-long episodes collectively titled as Mujhe Yaad Sab Hai Zaraa Zaraa.
OP had two brothers P.P. Nayyar and G.P.Nayyar. P.P. was an MD and worked in J. A. Hospitals, Gwalior. G.P.Nayyar was a dentist who worked in the army and settled down in Secunderabad.
For some years before his death, O.P. had been estranged from his family members to the extent that he had requested that they be not allowed to attend his funeral. Following the estrangement, he had moved out of his house at Marine Drive in Mumbai (Bombay), leaving his family behind, and begun to stay at a friend's place in the suburb of Virar. A month before his death, he had moved to yet another friend's place in Thane.
O.P. died on 28 January 2007 through cardiac arrest. He is survived by his wife, three daughters, and a son.
On his death, tributes came from many prominent Bollywood figures, including Lata Mangeshkar, Sharmila Tagore, Mumtaz, Mahesh Bhatt, Khayyam, Shakti Samanta, Sonu Nigam, Ravindra Jain, Anu Malik and now the late B R Chopra and Shammi Kapoor.
- Kaneez (1949) (Debut or First Film)
- Aasman (1952) (First film as independent music director. One song was offered to Lata Mangeshkar (which he denied), which she could not sing and may have been the downfall of their relationship.)
- Chham Chham Chham (1952)
- Baaz (1953)
- Aar Paar (1954) (The two songs,"Sun Sun Sun Zalima" & "Ja Ja Ja Bewafa" with the same tune and another song "Babuji Dheere Chalna" Became Big Hit and this Album overall Became A Turning Point of His Career Towards Success. Geeta Dutt had encouraged him to compose music for this Album.)
- Mangu (1954) (Shared Credits with Music Director Mohammed Shafi, who Introduced Suman Kalyanpur with Her Debute Song.)
- Mehbooba (1954) (Shared Credits with Music Director Roshan Lal, who Composed songs with Lata Mangeshkar for the same album.)
- Baap Re Baap (1955) (Shared Credits with Music Director C. Ramchandra aka Chitalkar)
- Miss Coca Cola (1955)
- Mr. & Mrs. '55 (1955) ("Pritam Aan Milo" was written by his wife Saroj Mohini Nayyar and was remake of originally sung by C. H. Atma song for his Non-filmy Album with unknown name)
- Musafir Khana (1955)
- Sab Se Bada Rupaiyaa (1955) (Shared Credits with Music Director Nashad Ali of Free India First then Pakistan)
- Bhagam Bhaag (1956)
- Choo Mantar (1956)
- C.I.D. (1956)
- Dhake Ki Malmal (1956)
- Hum Sab Chor Hain (1956)
- Mr. Lambu (1956)
- Naya Andaaz (1956)
- Shrimati - 420 (1956) (Mukhda of "Yahan Hum Wahan Tum" Song was written by his wife Saroj Mohini Nayyar)
- Bade Sarkar (1957)
- Duniya Rang Rangeeli (1957)
- Johny Walker (1957) (When Film Director Ved Madan Delivered the Latest Cadillac at his house as he had Demanded Jokingly, He Hesitantly Decided to Compose for this Album.)
- Mai Baap (1957)
- Naya Daur (1957) (Won 1957 Filmfare Award as the Best Music Director)
- Tumsa Nahin Dekha (1957)
- Ustad (1957)
- Qaidi (1957)
- 12 O'Clock (1958)
- Farishta (1958)
- Howrah Bridge (1958)
- Kabhi Andhera Kabhi Ujala (1958)
- Mr. Quartoon M.A. (1958)
- Mujrim (1958)
- Phagun (1958)
- Raagini (1958)
- Sone ki Chidiya (1958)
- Do Ustad (1959)
- Basant (1960) (Bajewala, A Tribute Song to Indian Cinema, in which shares tribute with S. D. Burman, Shankar JaiKishan and Naushad)
- Jaali Note (1960)
- Kalpana (1960)
- Mitti Mein Sona (1960)
- Hong Kong (1962)
- Ek Musafir Ek Hasina (1962)
- Phir Wohi Dil Laya Hoon (1963)
- Kashmir Ki Kali (1964)
- Mere Sanam (1965)
- Akalmand (1966)
- Baharen Phir Bhi Aayegi (1966)
- Do Dilon Ki Daastan (1966)
- Love and Murder (1966)
- Mohabbat Zindagi Hai (1966)
- Sawan Ki Ghata (1966)
- Yeh Raat Phir na Aayegi (1966)
- C. I. D. - 909 (1967)
- Nasihat (1967)
- Dil Aur Mohabbat (1968)
- Hum Saaya (1968)
- Kahin Din Kahin Raat (1968)
- Kismat (1968)
- Shrimanji (1968)
- Sambandh (1969)
- The Killers (1969)
- Aisa Bhi Hota Hai (1971)
- Ek Bar Muskura Do (1972)
- Pran Jaye Par Vachan Na Jaye (1973) ("Chain Se Hum Ko Kabhi" was not used in the Film, but won 1974 Filmfare Award to Asha Bhosle as the Best Playback Singer)
- Taxi Driver (1973)
- Khoon Ka Badla Khoon (1978)
- Bin Maa Ke Bachche (1979)
- Heera Moti (1979)
- Neerajanam (1988) (Telugu Film)
- Salaam Bombay! (1988) (Shared Credits with Music Director L. Subramaniam)
- Mangni (1992)
- Nishchay (1992)
- Zid (1994)
- Muqadaar Ki Baat (1995)
- Non-film albums
- Main Gabhru Punjab Da (2008)
- Eight (Stages Of Love) (2006)
- Movie "Don" (2006)
- Essential Chant Of Shiva (2005)
- Greatest Flute Maestro Pt. Pannalal Ghosh (2005)
- Hot Hot DJ Mix (2005)
- Bhajan Sree - M. S. Subbulkshmi (2004)
- Hanuman Chalish & Others Bhajans & Aarti (2004)
- Kabhi Kabhi - Classic Hits Remix (2004)
- Sree Ram Chale Vanwas (2004)
- Shree Sankat Mochan Hanuman Astak (2004)
- Golden Moments - Brian Silas Vol-2 (2003)
- Sampoorna Sundar Kand Vol.3 (2003)
- The Greatest Hits of Pt. Hariprasad Chaurushiya (2003)
- Uttare Ei HAOA - Yeh DasGupta (2003)
- Movie "Bollywood/Hollywood" (2002)
- BhajanAmrita - Sandhya Mukherjee (2001)
- Music For Reiki - Pt. Hariprasad Chaurasia (2001)
- A Journey With Jagjit Singh / Chitra Singh (2000)
- Ghazal --- Vaada --- Amjad Ali Khan (2000)
- Mohdi Hussain - The Finest Ghaza (2000)
- The Golden Moments - Begum Akhtar - Yeh Ankhon Ki Alam (2000)
- The Golden Moments - Parvez Mehdi - Toot Jaye Na Bharam (2000)
- Movie "Cotton Mary" (1999)
- 50 Glorious Remix Years (1999)
- Sai Geeth Mala (Songs On Sri SaiBaba Bhajans) (1999)
- Izhar-E-Gham-Mirza Sikandar Ali (1998)
- R A V I (1998)
- Ravi Kichlu: Dastan-E-Mohabbat (Ghazals) Cassette-1 (1996)
- Cry for cry - Music by Jagjit Singh (1995)
- The Golden Collection - Jagjit / Chitra Singh (1992)
- Vintage Ghazals - Jagjit / Chitra Singh (1992)
- Instrumental Hits From Films (1991)
- Pankaj Mullick - Piya Milan Ko Jana (1991)
- Dil Padosi Hai: Asha / RD Burman / Gulzar (1987)
- Bhajnashram (1986)
- Best Of Jagjit Singh & Chitra Singh (1984)
- Muqabila - Nasihat - Naat (1984)
- Silk Soft Remixes (Compilation)
- Ustad Salamat Ali Khan
- The Best Of O. P. Nayyar Vol. 1 to Vol. 6
- Parichay - Introduction To India's Musical Geniuses (O. P. Nayyar)
- OP Nayyar-Penaz Masani - Dekho Mohabbat Ka Dastoor
- OP Nayyar-Penaz Masani - Jaane Do (1990)
- OP Nayyar-Ashok Khosla - Naye Kapde Badlkar
- OP Nayyar-Ashok Khosla - Ajnabi Shehar Mein
- OP Nayyar-Runa Laila - Allah Ne Is Dil Ne
- OP Nayyar-Runa Laila - Kehdo Is Raat Se
- OP Nayyar-Runa Laila - Wadiyan Wadiyan
- Golden Collection - O. P. Nayyar (Compilation)
- O. P. Nayyar, Asha Bhosle - Sunheri Yaadein
- O.P.Nayyar’s immortal relationship with Mohammad Rafi | Rafians tribute to a true Maestro - Mohd Rafi
- "India Post honours 50 iconic film personalities". May 4, 2013. Fundoofun.com. Retrieved December 7, 2013.
- O. P. Nayyar at the Internet Movie Database
- List of hindi songs composed by O. P. Nayyar
- Brief Biography