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Mohammed Farooqui

Mr. Mohammed Hussain Farooqui (1915-1990)

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Brief biography

Late Mr. Mohammed Farooqui was born on 17th August 1915 in the city of Jhunjhunu in Rajasthan in a religious family of mohalla peerzadgan. He got his basic education in the city under the guidance of his father Haji Muniruddin. During his childhood he displayed talent in singing.
Mohd. Farooqqui

In his youth Farooqui Sahib actively participated the music; he had been always attracted to the world of music. During his schooling he performed as a singer in varied stage programmes in Rajasthan. However, his religious Haji father was against such activities. When Mohammed Farooqui completed his education, his father had visions of his son becoming a teacher, but his destination was a film studio.

At last in 1945 Farooqui Sahib came to Bombay to try his luck in the Hindi Film industry as a singer with a reference letter for the famous music director Khemchand Prakash. The only person who knew him in Bombay was Mr. Azad Farooqui, with whom Farooqui Sahib stayed for some time in old Khar. After he had struggled for a year, Khemchand Prakash asked Mr. Farooqui to see him at his house. When Farooqui Sahib went there, the legendary singer K L Saigal was also present. Khemchand Prakash introduced him to Saigal who asked Mr. Farooqui to sing a song. He sang the famous lori by Saigal, 'soja raj kumari soja'. After hearing this Saigal Sahib was very impressed and remarked, ''There is something new in his voice''. This was enough for Mr. Farooqui to get a contract with Ranjeet Movietone on a monthly salary.


After some time he got his first film as a co-singer, but Farooqui Sahib met with real success in 1947. It was a golden year for his music career. In this year his films 'Chheen le azadi', 'Duniyan ek sarai', 'Lakhon mein ek' and 'Pehli pehchan' were released. All of his songs were well-received. In particular, the song 'kamzoron ki naheen hai duniyan' from the film 'Chheen le azadi' was popular with the freedom fighters who soon achieved the goal of an independent nation.
Mohd Farooqui
Another song which endeared Farooqui Sahib to both the intellectuals and working class was 'ek musafir aye baba ek musafir jaye' from the film 'duniyan ek sarai'. In 1948 bhajans of the film 'Jai hanuman' and 'is khak ke putle ko' from the film 'Mitti ke khilone', were appreciated by the public. His last two films 'Bhool bhulaiyan 1949' and 'Alakh niranjan 1950' were also popular. Mr. Farooqui was among one of the singers who became successful without any formal musical training from a guru.

It was the end of the 1950. Farooqui's father became seriously ill and sent a message to him to come home immediately. After all his successful films, Farooqui Sahib had to leave Bombay and thereafter never went back to sing another song.

Rest of his life was spent as a mission to help the poor section of the society with the light of education.

On 8th February 1990 Mohammed Farooqui left for heavenly abode at the age of 75 years, leaving behind family and friends to grieve for the loss of a talented personalty.

After his passing away one of his friends paid tributes like this,

Khabar kya thee mohammed aap hamein tanha chhorh jayenge,
Dil-e-rahber ko ghamgeen aur purnam banayenge,
Ab na subaha ayegee is shaam ke baad,
Bas hum to sirf aapke geet gungunayenge

The name of Mohammed Farooqui will figure on the list of many underappreciated talents for their contribution to Hindi cinema.

Here is a photo of his residence


Here is a photo of one of his most popular records.

Song record


Chheen le azadi (1947)
Duniyan ek sarai (1947)
Lakhon mein ek (1947)
Pehli pehchan (1947)
Piya ghar aja (1947) Acting only
Neel kamal (1947) Acting only
Bichhde balam (1948)
Jai hanuman (1948)
Mitti ke khilone (1948)
Pardesi mehman (1948)
Bhool bhulaiyan (1949)
Alakh niranjan (1950)

List of songs (Left click on the blue link to listen, right click to save)

1.  Chheen Le Aazadi (1947)~Kamzoron Ki Naheen (1 & 2)~Pt. Inder~Hansraj Behal~Mohd. Farooqui & M. Hussain Kamzoron_Ki_Lacharon_Ki_(Fast)
1a.                                            Kamzoron Ki Naheen (Slow)
2.  Duniya Ek Sarai (1947)~Ek Musaafir Aaye Baba~Kedar Sharma~Hansraj Behal~Mohd. Farooqui Ek Musafir Aye
3.  Duniya Ek Sarai (1947)~O Aai Baisakhi~Kedar Sharma~Hansraj Behal~Mohd. Farooqui & Saathi O Ayi Baisakhi
4.  Lakhon Mein Ek (1947)~Jeewan Hai Anmol~Pt. Inder~Bulo C. Rani & Hansraj Behal~Mohd. Farooqui & Hamida Bano jiivana-hai-anamola-panchhii   
5.  Pehli Pehchaan (1947)~Sahara Besaharon Ka~Pt. Inder~Bulo C. Rani & Hansraj Behal~Mohd. Farooqui & Saathi Sahara_Besaharon_Ka_Tum_Ho
6.  Pehli Pehchaan (1947)~Unhen Hum Dhoond Nikaalenge~Pt. Inder~Hansraj Behal~Mohd. Farooqui, AR Ojha, Mantri & Saathi
                                            Unhen Hum Dhoondh
7.  Bichhde Balam (1948)~Suhagan Kaahe Ko Too~Pt. Inder~Bulo C. Rani~Mohd. Farooqui Suhagan_Kahe_Ko_Tu_Aansoo_Bahaye   
8.  Bichhde Balam (1948)~Haseenon Ko Dil Mein~Pt. Inder~Bulo C. Rani~Mohd. Farooqui, AR Ojha & Meena Kumari
                                            Haseenon Ko Dil
9.  Jai Hanuman (1948)~Kahaan Site Kit Dhoondoon~Pt. Inder~Bulo C. Rani~Mohd. Farooqui Kit Dhoondhoon 
10. Jai Hanuman (1948)~Ab Ram Rajya Ki~Pt. Inder~Bulo C. Rani~Mohd. Farooqui Ab_Raam_Rajya_Ki_Aage_Suni_Kahani
11. Mitti Ke Khilaune (1948)~Iss Khaak Ke Putle Ko~BR Sharmar~Bulo C. Rani & Hansraj Behal~Mohd. Farooqui Is Khaq ke Putle
12. Pardesi Mehman (1948)~Ajab Hindustan Take Ser Bhaaji~pT. Inder~Hansraj Behal~Mohd. Farooqui Ajab_Hindustan_Ajab_Hindustan
13. Pardesi Mehman (1948)~Nigaahon Se TukRe Na Dil Keejiye Gaa~Indra~Hansraj Behal~ Faruki, A R Ojha and Saroj Gharapade Nigahon Se Tukde
14. Bhool Bhulaiyan (1949)~Chaahe Dil Ki Khidki~BR Sharmar~Bulo C. Rani~Mohd. Farooqui Chahe Dil Ki
15. Alakh Niranjan (1950)~Alakh Niranjan Jai Sat Guru~Manohar Khanna~Premnath~Mohd. Farooqui Alakh_Niranjan_Alakh_Niranjan

All of the above info and photos have been supplied by his son, Tasleem (email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

Songs 1, 2, 3, 5, 7, 10, 12 and 15  have been supplied by Tasleem and
songs 4, 11, 13 and 14 come from the secret vault of Dr Manohar Lal Kapur
Songs 1a and 8 have been provided generously by M. Waheed Dehwar of Quetta. Song 6 is from G L Vishwakarma

Video clip from Neel Kamal (1947), he says, "tumhara koi jan pehchan wala hai" Please download and play with Media Player Classic, VLC media player or Windows Media Player Clip from Neel Kamal 1947 



Photo of Tasleem Farooqui, his son.

Musings 1-100

Musing 100: Karwan-e-Hayat (1935)

Musing 99: Harmonica, Narsingh 702

Musing 98: Sudarshan Talwar, Narsingh 701

Musing 97: Bikram Nahar, Narsingh 700

Musing 96: Surender Hard Work, Narsingh 699

Musing 95: Damned it! Narsingh 698

Musing 94: Amit Bose, Narsingh 697

Musing 93: Pankaj Mullick Cornucopia, Narsingh 696

Musing 92: Gossip in 1949, Narsingh 695

Musing 91: Jal Tarang, Narsingh 694 Tunes

Musing 90: Censorship Predictions, Narsingh 693 Tunes

Musing 89: Lots of Instruments, Narsingh 692

Musing 88: NaKhshab film announcement, Narsingh 691

Musing 87: Pots and Pans, Narsingh 690 Tunes

Musiing 86: Shama Dulari, Narsingh 689 Tunes

Musing 85, Damroo in song, Narsingh 688 Tunes

Musing 84: Sahir Rupee 1 more, Narsingh 687 Tunes

Musing 83: Parallel singing, Narsingh 686 Tunes

Musing 82: Movie Goofs, Narsingh 685 Tunes

Musing 81: Lata first song picturization, Narsingh 684 (Tunes)

Musing 80: Woh Ham Se Chup Hain, Narsingh 683

Musing 79: Inspired films, Narsingh 682

Musing 78: Comic Parody, Narsingh 681

Musing 77: Madhu wrote, Narsingh 680

Musing 76: Sarangi in song, Amar Prem (1971)

Musing 75: Censorship, Pushpanjali (1970)

Musing 74: First Disc Artist, Priya (1970)

Musing 73: Children singing, My Love (1970)

Musing 72: Ray on Silent Era, Gunah Aur Qanoon (1970)

Musing 71: Koee Hamdam Na Rahaa, Devi (1970)

Musing 70: Anarkali myth, Daghabaz (1970)

Musing 69: Song Introducion, Tamanna (1969)

Musing 68: Use of Western music, Meri Bhabhi (1969)

Musing 67: Wood pipe, Ek Shriman Ek Shrimati (1969)

Musing 66: Chowringhee and Mushaira, Apna Khoon Apna Dushman (1969)

Musing 65: Garba like sticks, Aadmi Aur Insaan (1969)

Musing 64: Raj Kapoor rare photo, Jung Aur Aman (1968)

Musing 63: Omar Khayyam, Baharon Ki Manzil (1968)

Musing 62: Star salaries, Raat Andheri Thi (1967)

Musing 61: Lightning sound, Parivar (1967)

Musing 60: Indurani photo, Milan Ki Raat (167)

Musing 59: Drums not Tabla, Bhakta Prahlad (1967)

Musing 58: Madhubala biggest, Ghar Ka Chiragh (1967)

Musing 57: Piano song, Chhaila Babu (1967)

Musing 56: English words, Badrinath Yatra (1967)

Musing 55: Temple bells, Toofan Men Pyar Kahan (1966)

Musing 54: Mingling of sexes, Thakur Jarnail Singh (1966)

Musing 53: Laughter in song, Shera Daku (1966)

Musing 52: Modak-Apate first talkie, Preet Na Jane Reet (1966)

Musing 51, Long intro, Kunwari (1966)

Musing 50: Sakina nude, Insaaf (1966)

Musing 49: Instrument X in song, Daku Mangal Singh (1966)

Musing 48: Sulochana thirsty, Zindagi Aur Maut (1965)

Musing 47: Sitar in song, Tarzan and King Kong (1965)

Musing 46: Dance as sex, Son of Hatimtai (!965)

Musing 45: tujhe bibbo kahooN, Sindbad Alibaba Alladin (!965)

Musing 44: Tollywood in 1932, Shankar Sita Anusuya (1965)

Musing 43:Parody Song, Sati Nari (1965)

Musing 42: Kamlabai Gokhale, Purnima (1965)

Musing 41: English song, Panch Ratan (1965)

Musing 40: Film business, jay's BCSP 20170924

Musing 39, First female MD, Nishan (1965)

Musing 38: Narendra Shrimali 'Kamal', Mujrim Kaun Khooni Kaun (!965)

Musing 37: Two overlapping melodies, Hum Diwane (1965)

Musing 36: W M Khan, Veer Bhimsen (1964)

Musing 35: Dialog in Song, Mere Qasoor Kya Hai (1964)

Musing 34: Miss Mary tune origin, Hercules (1964)

Musing 33: Rakhi song, Jay's songs 4

Musing 32: Begum Para Life, Andhi Aur Toofan (1964)

Musing 31: Percussion, Ye Dil Kisko Doon (1963)

Musing 30: Janki Dass, Shaheed Bhagat Singh (!963)

Musing 29: Call and Response, Rocket Tarzan (1963)

Musing 28: Dinesh Sharma, Phool Bane Angare (1963)

Musing 27: Breathing, Pyar Ka Bandhan (1963)

Musing 26: Bird sound, Nag Mohini (1963)

Musing 25: Nadia Hindi, Mulzim (1963)

Musing 24: K(h)artaal, Kan Kan Men Bhagwan (1963)

Musing 23: Records of songs, Kabli Khan (1963)

Musing 22: Sargam in song, Bhootnath (1963)

Musing 21: taal in songs, Durga Pooja (1962)

Musing 20: Crying Song, Narsingh Songs

Musing 19: India Abroad Letter. Jay's Songs

Musing 18: Ghunghroo, Cobra Girl (1963)

Musing 17: Purity of Music, Shadi

Musing 16: Pooran Bhagat, Gyara Hazar Ladkiyan

Musing 15: S. Indorkar and A R Rahman

Musing 14: Bindu and Jyoti, Dharti Ke Lal

Musing 13: Film Tricks and Narsingh songs 679

Musing 12: Jay's recent songs

Musing 11: Songs from Minister (1959) Narsingh 678

Musing 10: Songs from Ilzaam (1954) Narsingh 677

Musing 9: Sheo Khetan

Musing 8: Song structure

Musing 7: First Hindi Film Song

Musing 6: Sunehra Baal booklet

Musing 5: Watan Ke Logo, not Logon

Musing 4: B V Dharap, Gazette

Musing 3: Filmographies how?

Musing 2: Music in the 30s

Musing 1 Tanar System Camera

A Year in HIndi Movies 1944-45

A Year in Hindi Movies 1944
               1944 - Dilip Kumar!!!

The following is based on the book,"Star-Portrait". Born at
Peshawar on December 11, 1922, he was brought to Deolali at age
6. His father Ghulam Sarwar Khan was a successful fruit trader
and had 12 children, of which the child at number 3 was named
Yusuf Khan. As a school kid, he liked to play football and chess.
In 1936, he came to Bombay and went to the Anjuman-e-Islam High
School near VT Station. He was very good in sports but mediocre
in studies. A friend of his used to get the exam questions by
some mysterious method, and shared these with him. Both of them
passed many exams this way. Yusufbhai does not know even now how
his friend managed to get the questions!

Read more: A Year in HIndi Movies 1944-45