Masroor Anwar

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Masroor Anwar
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Born(1944-01-06)6 January 1944
Shimla, Punjab, British India
Died1 April 1996(1996-04-01) (aged 52)
Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan
OccupationUrdu poet, journalist, Film Songs writer
GenreGhazal and Nazm poetry, film music lyrics
Notable awardsNigar Awards in 1968 and 1970
Pride of Performance Award (1997) by the Government of Pakistan

Masroor Anwar (6 January 1944 – 1 April 1996) was a ghazal poet, film song lyricist and a film screenwriter. He wrote the lyrics for 'Ko Ko Korina', South Asia's first pop song, and working alongside Sohail Rana, film director Pervez Malik and film producer and actor Waheed Murad in the 1960s, was part of the country's golden age of cinema helping establish Karachi as a major hub for film production.[1][2][3][4]

Early life and career[edit]

He was born in 1944 in Shimla, Punjab, British India and following the partition, moved to Karachi, Pakistan.[5] In Karrachi, he grew up to be a chubby and baby-faced young man. After finishing his basic education from Government Islamia Science College, Karachi, he worked for Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) for a short period and later for Radio Pakistan as a staff artist because of his deep interest in poetry and literature. At Radio Pakistan, he was helped by the film actor Ibrahim Nafees who introduced him to the film producer Iqbal Shehzad. He was hired by Iqbal Shehzad to write his first film song for his film Banjaran (1962). Then he became part of a group of four people in Karachi – Waheed Murad, Pervez Malik, Sohail Rana and Masroor Anwar that made many big hit films together in the 1960s and 1970s.[5]

Death and legacy[edit]

He died in Lahore on 1 April 1996 at age 51 and was laid to rest at Karim Block graveyard, Iqbal town, Lahore.

In the history of Pakistani cinema, Masroor Anwar was considered one of the best film song writers. Besides film songs, he also wrote some touching popular patriotic songs.[5][6]

Popular songs[edit]

Song Singer Music director Film or Television notes
Master Jee Hamein Sabaq Parha Do Nahid Niazi Deebo Bhattacharya Banjaran (1962 film)[5]
Masroor Anwar's first film song[5]
Chanda Se Milne Chali Hai Chakori Mala Sohail Rana Jab Se Dekha Hai Tumhein (1962 film)
Apni Jaan Nazar Karoon, Apni Wafa Pesh Karoon (a patriotic song) Mehdi Hassan A Radio Pakistan production (1965)
Mujhe Ik Larki Se Pyaar Ho Gaya Salim Shehzad and Shazia Sohail Rana Heera Aur Pathar (1964 film)[5]
Akelay Na Jaana Hamein Chhorr Kar Tum Mala and Ahmed Rushdi Sohail Rana Armaan
Ko Ko Korina Ahmed Rushdi Sohail Rana Armaan (1966 film)[5]
Bade Be-Murrawwat Hain Yeh Husn Waalay, Kahin Dil Lagaanay Ki Koshish Na Karna Suraiya Multanikar Deebo Bhattacharya Badnaam (1966 film)[5]
This one was a huge 'mujra' song hit
Mujhe Tum Nazar Se Gira Tau Rahe Ho Mehdi Hassan Sohail Rana Doraha[5]
Ik Sitam Aur Meri Jann, Abhi Jaan Baqi Hai Mehdi Hassan Nisar Bazmi Saiqa (1968)[5]
Dil Dharke Mein Tum Se Yeh Kaise Kahoon, Kehti Hai Meri Nazar Shukriya Runa Laila Nisar Bazmi Anjuman[3]
Sohni Dharti Allah Rakhay Qadam Qadam Aabad Tujhe (a patriotic song) Shahnaz Begum Sohail Rana A Pakistani television production
Ae Dil Apna Dard Chhupaa Kar, Geet Khushi Ke Gaaey Ja Akhlaq Ahmed Nisar Bazmi Pehchan (1975 film)[5]
Pyar Ki Yaad Nigahon Mein Sajai Rakhna Salim Shehzad Nisar Bazmi Talash (1976 film)

Awards and recognition[edit]


  1. ^ Asher, Saira (25 October 2018). "Battle over 'massacre' of a nation's favourite song". BBC News. Retrieved 13 April 2020.
  2. ^ Paracha, Nadeem F. (23 October 2018). "Pakistani Pop Music: A Visual History". Naya Daur. Retrieved 13 April 2020.
  3. ^ a b c d e "The Nigar Awards (1957 - 1971)". The Hot Spot Online website. 17 June 2002. Archived from the original on 24 July 2008. Retrieved 13 January 2022.
  4. ^ Veer, Peter van der (2015). Handbook of Religion and the Asian City: Aspiration and Urbanization in the Twenty-First Century. University of California Press. p. 400. ISBN 978-0-520-28122-6.
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l Sajjad Parvez (1 April 2018). "The golden words of Masroor Anwar". The Express Tribune (newspaper). Retrieved 13 January 2022.
  6. ^ "Watch: Rekha singing a Mehdi Hassan ghazal from 1983 takes social media users back in time". Retrieved 12 April 2020.

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