Real Name – Muslehuddin
Profession – Music Director
Active Years – 1950s – 1960s (Urdu films)
Religion – Muslim
Ethnicity – Bengali
Date of Birth –
Date of Death – August 6th, 2003 (U.K.)
Debut Film – Aadmi (1958)
Last Film – Mujhe Jeene Do (1968)
Significant others in the Film Industry – Nahid Niazi (Wife, Playback Singer)
Miscellaneous Info – He joined Pakistan Television in 1964 and played very active role in field of music. Muslehuddin and his wife Nahid Niazi produced exemplary programmes for children, such as Padma Kee Mouje and Kaliyoun Kee Maala. He was also presented Pride of Performance Award for his services rendered in the field of music
Muslehuddin was a very conscious listener of western as well as the eastern music in his teens, in East Pakistan. Although an M. A. in economics, he was addicted to music and made a career out of it. He understood and recognized the beats and nuances from the very beginning.
When the love of music drove him, he came to Lahore. The first assignment he got in the films was Aaj Kal, starring Kamal and Sabiha, but he had some problems with the film maker, and left it, while the rest of the songs of the film were made by Master Inayat. Only one song he had made, Chalta Chala Ja by Salim Raza was popular, but the film came late. In 1958, brilliant film maker Luqman was making a film Aadmi, on a powerful story of the coalmine workers, written by Dilip Kumar’s brother, Sarwar Ayub. Muslehuddin was picked for the film, and Aadmi became Muslehuddin’s debut. When the film was released, the songs on the workers’ unity were quite inspiring, like Zameen Par Qadam Hain, with Habib, Yasmeen and Alauddin picturising the number, as well as the tragic number by Naheed Niazi, Jaag Taqdeer Ko Jaga Loongi. But, it was a swinging club song by Batish, titled Aaya Zamana Naya, which was a virtual pop song by Muslehuddin. Naheed Niazi’s cute hit, Mera Kaha Kabhi Maan lo had a catchy western beat. From amongst the nine songs in the film, Naheed Niazi sang eight of them! So, you could very well imagine the strumming of young tunesmith’s heartstrings. When Zia Sarhadi came to Pakistan, he also picked Muslehuddin as his music director in his film, Rahguzar. The film, which was the first released in 1960, was about a street urchin and a tramp. The film wasn’t so popular, as were its songs. The song in the voices of Saleem Raza and Zubeida Khanum, Tere Jahan Mein Hamein Mila Kya was a beautiful tragic number. Another popular number by Zubeida Khanum was Dil Hai Besahara, which is based on a typical dance club beat in the west, imported from African bongo-based numbers. But, Muslehuddin’s most famous song from Rahguzar was undoubtedly, Saleem Raza’s brilliant number, Magar ae Haseena-e-Nazneen. The whole song is based on the harmonium and the accordion, both delightful instruments, but rarely heard these days in films.
In Humsafar, the hit, Zindagi mein aik pal bhee chaen aaey na is still a favourite with many old music buffs, which got Muslehuddin a Nigar Award. It has picturised on Aslan Pervaiz and Yasmeen. Humsafar is the film, where the visiting singer, Hemant Kumar also sang a number, Raat suhani hai in Musleh’s composition. In Iqbal Yousuf’s big hit, Zamana Kya Kahe Ga, the song people couldn’t forget was Raat saloni aae by Rushdi and Naheed Niazi. Iqbal Yousuf liked him so much that he gave him a couple of his movies. In his Daal Mein Kala, Muslehuddin this time concentrated on pop-style duets of Rushdi and Naheed Niazi, namely Aa Habibi and Gori Barri Yoon. Naheed’s Samajih Na Aaey Dil Ko Kahan Le Jaoon, obviously picked up from the west, was famous, and Muslehuddin composed a very interesting qawwali, Lab Pe Naghma, Dil Mein Dharkan. In 1963, Dil Ne Tujhe Maan Liya was in a similar mood. An Arabic tune, with Arabic lines, Raetassabin An Ala Qasrin Mutafazzilan Badrun Wa Hilala, was sung brilliantly by Naheed Niazi. Yahudi Kee Larki, Nehle Pe Dehla, Shikari Doctor and Diwana followed, with Madam Noor Jahan’s hit in Diwana, titled Mujhe Apni Duniya Mein wapas Bula Le, a real soulful number. In 1966 came Kamal’s Joker, directed by Iqbal Yousuf. Fabulous hits like Ahmad Rushdi’s Shauq-e-Awargi and Pyar Mein Hum Ne Khai Hai Thokar were the highlight of the circus-based film. In Iqbal Yusuf’s Josh, songs like Tujh Ko Bhee Banaya Allah Ne by Rushdi and Sayyan Bedardi by Mala were eastern compositions, his best was Raat Chali Hai Jhoom Ke by Rushdi and Naheed Niazi, a rhapsodic serenade with Spanish accompaniments or Cantata. Mohsin shirazi’s Jan Pehchan, with Mohammad Ali and the lovely Iranian girl, Shehpara was released in 1967. Naheed Niazi sang thoroughly persianised number, Jan-e-ma, which remains the most brilliantly sung foreign language song in our films. Mujhe Jeeno Do and Awara in 1968 were not too noteworthy for songs, though Mujeeb Alam’s Thaki Thaki See Zindagi is a sensitive number from Awara. Muslehuddin gave lots of music for children on television, and he and his charming wife, Naheed Niazi, who is the daughter of former director of Radio Pakistan Karachi, Mr. Sarwar Niazi, remained linked with Pakistan, even after settling in England.
Diwana – Nehlay Pe Dehla – Shikari
Awaara – Mujhe Jeene Do