was born in Lahore in 1916. He belonged to a family well versed in the
art of music. As he grew so did his love for music. He received his early
education in this field from Ustad Abdul Waheed Khan; himself was a well-known
classical singer of the Sub-continent. Under the training of Ustad Abdul
Waheed Khan, Feroze Nizami turned into a very competent classical vocalist
of the Kirana gharana. After completing his graduation from Islamia College
Lahore, he joined all India Radio and served on Lahore, Delhi and Lakhnaw
stations. After some years, he moved to Bombay and got the chance to
exhibit his talent as a music composer.
| Feroze Nizami had
enormous amount of range
in his compositions,
from classical to semi classical,
thumris to western music;
he had used all of them
in his compositions.
He started his career in 1943, by composing the music of Vishwas (starring:
Mehtaab, Surendra, Sulochana Chatterji) with Chhelalal.
In 1946, he composed music for D.R.D. Wadiya's Muslim
social film Neik Parveen It was a flop but some of Feroze Nizami's
compositions were good, like:
- Teri zaat pak hai ze Khuda...
Hameeda Bano) and
- Sun le tu meri ilteja...
(Sung by Zeenat Begum)
In 1947, Noorjehan and her husband Shaukat Hussain
had started Shauqat Art Productions in Bombay, and they had
started work on their first film. Feroze Nizami was recruited to score
the music. The movie was Jugnu,
and looking back now, it was a big hit. While the Rafi-Noorjehan
duet Yahan Badla Wafaa Ka be-wafai ke siwa kya hay... became
synonymous with Jugnu's
success. Mohammad Rafi mentions that he got his major break
after singing this duet with Noor Jehan. Noorjehan's 2 solos
defined its very soul. The song Umangen
Dil ki machlin, muskurayee zindagi apni... comes from vintage
stock. And as Tum bhi bhula
do, main bhi bhula dun.... Besides Rafi and
Noor Jehan, Shamshad and Roshan Ara Begum also sang the songs
According to Shaukat Hussain Rizvi he payed a very high amount
to Roshan Ara Begum to gave playback in this movie Des
kai pur kaif rangeen si fizaoun mein kahin.., which was
picturised on Shashikala.
After the partition, like numerous other artists,
Feroze Nizami also moved to Lahore to support a weak Pakistani
film Industry. His first film Hamri Basti (1949) as
a music director flopped in Pakistan.
Noor Jehan was back again after a four years break from silver
screen, and started her Pakistani film and singing career with
a great melodious Punjabi film Chann
Vey. In this film, Feroze Nizami's music reached new
heights and almost all the songs created waves in subcontinent.
were on everybody's lips in those days. Chann
Vey released in 1951 and celebrated 18 weeks run in Regent
Cinema Lahore and this film will be remembered as a great melodious
Punjabi film in Pakistan.
- Tere long da pea lashkara...
- Jadoo koi paagea, dil
- Chann dea totea we dillaan daya khotya...
Mundia Sialkotia, tere mukhtrey da kaala kaala til vey...
banaia e saanoo Khadona...
After Jugnu and Chann
Vey, In 1952, Dopatta was
third hat-trik of success by Feroze Nizami and Noor Jehan. "Dopatta" was
the only Pakistani film to celebrate an outstanding success
in the sub-continent. The film was also released in India
to great critical acclaim and all the Noor Jehan songs
were hits. Particular favorites were:
- Baat hi baat mein
ji Chandni raat mein...
- Main ban Patang urh jaon re...
- Chandni raaten, sab jagg
- Tum zindgi ko gham ka fasana bana gaey...
- Mere mann ke
- Jigar ki aag se is dil ko jalta dekhte jao...
tohe koi pukare...
films & film songs
Feroze Nizami had enormous amount of range
in his compositions, from classical to semi classical, thumris
to western music; he had used all of them in his compositions.
Here is his filmography after 1952:
was one of the first people who wrote on music in
Pakistan. As he was a very competent classical vocalist
and a brilliant composer, he must have felt the need with
the initiation of the music classes at Alhamra in the sixties,
which he was in charge of. He was died in 1975.
- Intikhab (1955)
- Qismet (1956)
- Sola Aaney (....)
(The evergreen songs of this film are:
- Rotey hain chham chham nain...
(Zubaida Khanum) and a romantic one
- Chori ho gaya dil matwala..
- Raaz (1959)
(This movie won the best film Nigar award, this movie has some
great songs like:
- Mitthi mitthi batiyoun sai jiya na jala...
- Chalak rahi hai mastiyan, nashey mein
jhoom utha jehan... (Ahmad Rushdi, Zubaida Khanum)
maan maan zamana hai jawaan, sun sun sun jawani kie hai
dhun... (a rock and roll number sung by Ahmed Rushdi, Mubarak
- Gulshan (with Rashid Attre), All three of them
- Zanjeer (1960)
- Manzil (1960)
- Mangol (1961)
- Soukan (1964, Punjabi)
- Berian nu Bair lagg geye, teinu
kujh na laga Mutiyare...
- Zan, Zar te Zamin (1974, punjabi)
- Zan, Zar te Zamin da jhagra, Duniya
te einje hi rehna a... (Masood Rana)
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Total 25 films (1943-74)
15 films (in Pakistan)
12 urdu, 3 Punjabi films
10 Indian Urdu/Hindi films
In India (1943-47)
» Uss paar
» Bari Baat
» Sharbati Aankhen
» Amar raj
» Nek Pervin
» Ali Baba
» Rangeen Kahani
In Pakistan (1949-74)
» Hamari Basti
Zer te Zamin