Well-known lyricist Rahat Indori passed away today (11th August) in Indore due to coronavirus. He was 70 years old. He was admitted to hospital on 9th. Just yesterday (10th), Rahat had tweeted that since he had mild symptoms of the virus, he had got tested for it. He added in his tweet, he had been admitted to Aurobindo Hospital in Indore. He asked his followers to pray for his speedy recovery. Rahat Indori also requested friends and acquaintances to refrain from telephoning him or his family members as he would himself regularly post his health bulletins on Twitter and Facebook. But alas! his end came just a day later. He suffered two heart attacks today and also had 60% pneumonia.
Rahat Indori was an Urdu poet of repute, besides being a Bollywood lyricist. He was born on 1st January, 1950 in Indore. He did his M.A. in Urdu literature from Barkatullah University in Bhopal in 1975. He was awarded a Ph.D. in Urdu literature from the Bhoj University of Madhya Pradesh in 1985 for his thesis titled Urdu Main Mushaira. He has participated in mushairas and kavi sammelans all over India and the world.
He may not have written the lyrics for too many films but his songs were quite catchy and were also lyrically rich. Among the films for which Rahat Indori had penned lyrics were Murder, Ishq, Mission Kashmir, Munna Bhai M.B.B.S., Kareeb, Naraaz, Khuddar, Sir, Begum Jaan, Ghatak and Janam. Among his well-known songs were Dekho dekho jaanam hum and Neend churaayi meri from Ishq, Chori chori jab nazrein mili from Kareeb, Koi jaaye toh le aaye from Ghatak, Yeh rishta kya kehlata hai from Meenaxi, M bole toh and Dekh le aankhon mein aankhen daal from Munna Bhai M.B.B.S., Dil ko hazaar baar roka from Murder, Tumsa koi pyaara koi masoom from Khuddar, and several others. He had written songs for quite a few films of Mahesh and Mukesh Bhatt. Indori had also authored some books.