24 May 2000: Majrooh Sultanpuri, Indian poet and songwriter, died
Majrooh Sultanpuri was the man behind over five decades of Hindi film song lyrics starting 1945 till his death on 24 May 2000. A renowned Urdu poet and songwriter, this lyricist legend from the Sultanpur village of Uttar Pradesh, gave Indian cinema words and expressions that lyricists still use and follow. He is best known for his versatility, which ranged from Jab dil hi toot gaya from Shahjahan, to C A T-cat, cat mane billi from Dilli Ka Thug, to Aaj main uupar aasmaan neeche from Khamoshi, and many more. Majrooh Sultanpuri’s lifetime of work has left us with a treasure chest of some of the best songs ever written in Indian films. In addition, his first love, shayari and ghazals also garnered much praise from ardent listeners and fans.