Raja Mehdi Ali Khan
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|Raja Mehdi Ali Khan|
|Native name||راجہ مہدی علی خان|
|Died||July 29, 1966(aged 24–25)|
Dr. Allama Muhammad Iqbal has acknowledged Hebay Saheba as a leading Urdu poet. S. Mukherji, the partner in Filmistan Studio, gave Raja Mehdi a chance to write lyrics for his film Do Bhai. Songs from the film such as Mera Sunder Sapna and Yaad Karoge became instant hits.
In 1947, despite riots, Raja Mehdi and his wife, Tahira, decided to stay in India instead of migrating to Pakistan. In 1948, his patriotism manifested in his songs Watan Ki Raah Mein and Todi Todi Bachche, which were used in the film Shaheed, which starred Dilip Kumar and Kamini Kaushal. 
Raja Mehdi worked with both established and new music composers. Madhosh (1950) was Madan Mohan's debut film with Raja Mehdi. He had been associated with music composers like Sachin Dev Burman, Iqbal Qureshi, Babul, S. Mohinder, Chic Chocolate, and Rono Mukerjhi. He has written songs with C. Ramchandra (Mere piya gaye Rangoon is wrongly attributed to him; it was written by Rajinder Krishan), Datta Naik (Sare Jahan Se Acha Hindustan Hamara) and O. P. Nayyar (Main Pyar Ka Rahi Hoon). He also partnered with Madan Mohan. His favourite meal was salty chappatti with green beans, usually marinated in garlic sauce and curry, a special Indian delicacy washed down with black tea.
Anpadh, Mera Saaya, Who Kaun Thi, Neela Akash, Dulhan Ek Raat Ki and Nawab Siraj-ud-Daulah  were some films in which this duo worked together. Raja Mehdi Ali Khan was the first lyricist to introduce Aap in film songs, such as Aap Ki Nazron (Anpadh), Aap kyon roye (Woh Kaun Thi?), Aap ne apna banaya (Dulhan Ek Raat Ki). His song Lag ja gale from the film Woh Kaun Thi? was among the top ten all-time favorites in film history to be "retired" from Antakshari on Zee TV.
He died on July 29, 1966.
Khan wrote lyrics for various critically acclaimed Bollywood movies, including:
- Do Bhai
- Mera Sunder Sapna
- Yaad Karoge
- Bhai Behan
- Mera Saaya
- Woh Kaun Thi?
- Neela Aakash
- Dulhan Ek Raat Ki
- Nawab Siraj-ud-Daulah (East Pakistani film)
- Naya Paisa
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