S. Mohinder

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Mohinder Singh Sarna aka S. Mohinder
Born (1925-09-08) September 8, 1925 (age 90)
Sillanwali, Punjab, India
Occupation Retired

Mohinder Singh Sarna (aka S. Mohinder) was born in a small town called Sillanwali in 1925. At the time the city was located in the Montgomery District of Punjab (British India). Mohinder’s father Sujan Singh Bakhshi was a sub-inspector in the police forces.

His father was transferred and the family moved to a comparatively larger city Lyallpur, British India now Faisalabad, in Pakistan, where young Mohinder in the 1930s started an apprenticeship with an accomplished Sikh religious vocalist Sant Sujan Singh.

He honed his skills for several years in accordance with classical music in the tutelage of Sant Sujan Singh. Initially he strived to be a singer. Later his family moved to Sheikhupura (now in Pakistan), close to Nankana Sahib, the birthplace of the founder of Sikhism (Guru Nanak).

He later received his further training in classical music from Sikh religious musician Bhai Samund Singh. Frequent transfers of his father kept the family on the move. Since Mohinder’s education suffered, his father enrolled him in Khalsa High School during the 1940s in the village Kairon in Amritsar.

In 1947, the rest of his family moved to East Punjab in India. The love for classical music brought S. Mohinder to Benares, the Mecca of Indian Classical Music. After some years of grooming S. Mohinder, moved to Bombay(now Mumbai), the centre of the film industry. His first successful film was Nili(1950), which was musical hit but a film disaster.

Mohinder Singh eventually moved to become a music director in Filmistan Studio, which was churning out films. He composed music under them for almost half a decade.

About the story- it is based on the communal convulsions that seized the country in the days following partition. the story focus on the disastrous impact the violence had on the Muslim family.For the time being they were sheltered in the house of a Hindu family. Such gestures of love troubled times. Another character called Roshan refers to Gandhi who put an end to violence. The kind of devotion shown by the crippled lad to Roshan towards the old woman helps sustain faith in human values.


  • Nili (1950)
  • Paapi (1953) as S. Mohindar
  • Shahzada (1955)
  • Naata (1955)
  • Shirin Farhad (1956) aka Shirin and Farhad
  • Khoobsurat Dhokha (1959)
  • Do Dost (1960)
  • Picnic (1966)
  • Nanak Naam Jahaz Hai (1969)-Won National Film Award in 1970
  • Man Jeete Jaq Jeet (1973)
  • Dukh Bhanjan Tera Naam (1974)

Filmography as Music Director[edit]

  • Sehra (1948)
  • Jeewan Sathi (1949)
  • Nili (1950)
  • Papi (1953)
  • Naata (1955)
  • Alladin Ka Beta (1955)
  • Sau Ka Note (1955)
  • Sultan-E-Alam (1956)
  • Shirin Farhad (1956)
  • Karwan (1956)
  • Patal Pari (1957)
  • SunTo Le Hasina (1958)
  • Naya Paisa (1958)
  • Khubsurat Dhoka (1959)
  • Bhagwan Aur Shaitan (1959)
  • Zameen Ke Tare (1960)
  • Mehlon Ke Khwab (1960)
  • Jai Bhavani (1961)
  • Reporter Raju (1962)
  • Zarak Khan (1963)
  • Captain Sheroo (1963)
  • Sarfarosh (1964)
  • Bekhabar (1965)
  • Professor-X (1966)
  • Picnic (1966)

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