Kesarilal Shailendra (August 30, 1923 - December 14, 1966),
popularly known as Shailendra, was a popular Indian Hindi
was born in Rawalpindi, British India. Shailendra started
his career as an employee with Indian Railways. His job
brought him to Mumbai (then Bombay) in 1947. He started
writing poetry during these days.
when he was reading out his poem Jalta hai Punjab at a public
meeting, filmmaker Raj Kapoor noticed him. He offered to
buy poems written by Shailendra and use them for his movie
Aag (1948). Shailendra, a member of the left wing IPTA,
was wary of mainstream Indian cinema and refused. However,
after the birth of his son, Shaily, he needed money and
himself approached Raj Kapoor.
Career as a lyricist
first project for Raj Kapoor was the movie Barsaat (1949). For
Rs 500, he wrote two songs: Patli kamar hai and Barsaat mein.
The music for Barsaat was composed by Shankar-Jaikishan. The team
of Raj Kapoor, Shailendra and Shankar-Jaikishan produced many
the days when composers would recommend lyricists to producers.
Shankar-Jaikishan had promised Shailendra that they would recommend
him around, but didn't keep their promise. Shailendra sent them
a note with the lines, "Chhoti Si Yeh Duniya Pehchaane Raaste
Hain Kahin To Miloge Phir Poochhenge Haal". Shankar-Jaikishan
realized what the message meant and having said sorry, turned
the lines into a well-known song.
from Shankar-Jaikishan, Shailendra also shared a rapport with
composers such as Salil Chowdhary (Madhumati), Sachin Dev Burman
( Guide, Bandini, Kala Bazaar), and Ravi Shankar (Anuradha). Apart
from Raj Kapoor, he shared a rapport with filmmakers such as Bimal
Roy (Do Bigha Zameen, Madhumati, Bandini) and Dev Anand (Guide).
had invested in the movie Teesri Kasam, which was not successful.
It is said that this was the ultimate cause of his death. His
son Shaily Shailendra is also a lyricist.
won the Filmfare Best Lyricist Award three times.
1958 Yeh mera deewanapan hai (Yahudi)
1959 Sab kuch seekha hamne (Anari)
1968 Main gaoon tum so jaao ( Brahmchari)
most popular songs
Vastavaiya (Shri 420)
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Mud Mud Ke Na Dekh (Shri 420)
Mera Joota Hai Japani (Shri 420)
Aaj Phir Jeene Ki (Guide)
Gata Rahe Mera Dil (Guide)
Piya Tose Naina Laage Re (Guide)
Kya Se Kya Ho Gaya (Guide)
Har Dil Jo Pyar Karega (Sangam)
Dost Dost Na Raha (Sangam)
Sab Kuchh Seekha hamne (Anari)
Kisi Ki Muskurahaton Pe/Jeena isi ka naam hai (Anari)
Dil Ki Nazar Se (Anari)
Khoya Khoya Chand (kala bazar)