Muslehuddin: Secret of his success
Written by Anis Shakur   

Noted music composer,Abul Qasim Mohammed Moslehuddin was born on October 27, 1932, in former East Pakistan, present Bangladesh.Pre partition India at the time. He migrated to the then named West Pakistan (Punjab) in his youth.

 He did not possess musical background. Hence, he did not inherit musical talents from any one. On the contrary, he was a self-made musician. His absolute dedication to music took him irresistibly to the Pakistani cinema. That was the secret of his success. He was educated, an impressive human and a talented composer of the highest grade.
 

As a composer, he debuted in the film 'Aadmi', in 1958, at twenty-six years of age.

('Aadmi', story writer, late Sarwar Ayub, brother of Dilip Kumar, director- producer, Luqman, cast, Habib, in double role, Yasmin, Nayyar Sultana, Diljeet Mirza, Talish, Alauddin. 'Aadmi' revolves around the lives of coal miners. Muslehuddin composed this masterpiece song in 'Aadmi' 'Jaag taqdeer ko jaga loon gee', singer, Nahid Niazi. Also this tragic number, 'Zamana pyar ka itna he kum hai, ye na socha tha', singer, Nahid Niazi. Muslehuddin, whose very presence charmed and soothed people, fostered a sense of harmony in the music community. He was a composer, wrapped up in the beauty of rhythm and rhapsody. He also composed songs for the following two movies:
 
The film 'Shikari', director, Jafar Malik, cast included, Shamim Ara and Darpan.
The film 'Doctor', directed by Shaukat Hashmi.
 


The real Muslehuddin had the innocent perspective of a child and the creative genius of an adult. His superfluous composition for the romantic lyrics in the film 'Rahguzar' was remarkable enough to add thousands of new listeners:
 
'Magar aye haseena-e- nazneen, mujhay tujh say koi gila nahi', singer, Saleem Raza, song writer- director, Zia Sarhadi.
 

Muslehuddin also conducted music programs for children, which used to be telecast on Pakistan television.

Thus, he passed on his optimism and faith to the next generation. During those days he influenced scores of students. After his marriage to Nahid Niazi, both of them settled in UK in the early 1970s. Moslehuddin lived in Birmingham, England, most of his life. In mainstream music arena and even more so in popular entertainment, he came out number one. Moreover, he was equally adept in making happy tunes and fast numbers. Below is one example:
 
'Tujh ko bhi banaya Allah nay, mujh ko bhi banaya Allah nay', singer, Ahmed Rushdi, film, 'Josh'.
 
Intelligent, charming and driven-he had an extraordinary gift of injecting pathos through his tragic notes:
 
'Zindigi mein aik pal bhi chayn Aa ye na, is jahan mein kaash koi dil laga ye na'. (The film, 'Humsafar', singer, Saleem Raza, director, Shaukat Hashmi, stars included Yasmeen, Aslam Pervez.
 
Incidentally, 'Humsafar' was the first and the last film in which the late Indian singer, Hemant Kumar, also recorded a song: 'Raat Milan ki hai, khoya khoya chand hai, meri qasam hai tujh ko, ik baar muskuraday'.Muslehuddin's adorers are stunned by the influence of his music that has been unleashed on them. They have an even greater appreciation for the man behind music.

 

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His romantic compositions made the following two songs leap to life:
'Raat saloni Aaye, baat Anokhi laaye, jo hum kisi say na kahain gey, chup rahain gey hum'. (Film  'Zamana kya kahay ga', singer, Nahid Niazi, director, Iqbal Yusuf). 'Raat ho gaye jawan' (film 'Dil nay tujhay maan liya' duet, Nahid Niazi - Ahmed Rushdi). Muslehuddin's music had a touch of ingenuity. Hence, it sounds different from the prevalent music. He is that one composer, who excels in all aspects of music composition.

Muslehuddin was more than just a musician to us-he was the embodiment of soul and passion in music. Moreover, apart from being an accomplished music composer, Moslehuddin was a first grade chef and inventor in the 1970s of the famous 'Chicken Tikka Masala,' which is now the number one dish in UK. Muslehuddin won the Nigar Award in 1960, for best composer in the film 'Humsafar'. Muslehuddin, who delighted music buffs for so many years, succumbed to cardiac arrest on Wednesday, August 6, 2003 in London. He was 71 years of age. His wife, Nahid Niazi, daughter, Nermin, son, Feisal and eight grand children, survive him.
 
Hearts heavy, his fans round the globe lamented his death. A wave of emotion rose up from ones core as one listens to Muslehuddin's marvelous music. In the stillness of dawn, the other day, I listened to the highly tragic score, composed by Muslehuddin: 'Zindigi mein aik pal bhi chayn Aa ye na'. It reminded me of what Muslehuddin's devoted admirers confided in me, soon after his sad demise:
 

'We were glad to have a part in his life. Today he has definitely touched ours'.