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Kulwant Jani

  • Born: 14 July (..)
  • Died: 30 September (..)
  • Primary Cinema: Hindi

Lyricist and writer Kulwant Jani is known for films such as Do Qaidi (1989), Imaandaar (1987), Suryavanshi (1992), and Sadda Muqaddar (1998). He penned the lyrics for the songs of more than 30 films, including Hamrahi (1974), Paapi (1977), Pyaara Dushman (1980), Sardaar (1984), Mohabbat Ki Kasam (1986), Ek Hi Raasta (1993), and Ghar Bazar (1998). He also wrote the dialogues for films including Adhikar (1986), Suryavanshi, and Sadda Muqaddar, as well as the screenplay for Kal Ki Awaz and the story for Imaandaar. He also penned the screenplay and dialogue for Dharti Aakash (1983) and the dialogue for Teri Meri Kahani (1982) – both TV films. 

Among the earliest films he penned songs for were Darar (1972), Lalkar (1972), Gaal Gulabi Nain Sharabi (1974), Ek Ladki Badnaam Si (1974) and Hamrahi (1974). Some of the popular songs he penned include Dil ke tukde tukde karke, Main tere mann ki maina hoti, Koi dil na kisi se lagaye, Apni apni kismet hai yeh, Hum tumse pyar, Mujhe logon samajh ke chor, Ye log poochte hain, I love you I love you, Hum bête Hindustan ke, and Main awaara shehzada, among others. 

For Imaandaar, directed by Sushil Malik, he penned the story revolving around a businessman who faces challenges when he unknowingly permits his daughter to get engaged to the son of the man who betrayed him. This action crime drama starred Sanjay Dutt and Farah in lead roles, along with Rohan Kapoor, Ranjeet, Mehmood, Pran, and Om Prakash in supporting roles, and had music by Kalyanji-Anandji.

Kal Ki Awaaz, for which he had written the screenplay, was an actioner directed by B R Chopra and Ravi Chopra. It starred Dharmendra, Raj Babbar, and Amrita Singh. The film revolved around the story of the son of the chairman of a bank who is abducted and held for ransom. DSP Ali intervenes, but is unable to save the child. Later, his world is turned upside down when his daughter is kidnapped.

Among the films he penned dialogues for, Sadda Muqaddar was an action drama directed by Pankaj Dheer, starring Guggu Gil, Pankaj Dheer and Preeti Sapru. Survyavanshi, directed by Rakesh Kumar, also featured dialogues by him. An actioner with elements of horror and fantasy, it told the tale of an archaeologist who unearths an underground palace at Sangramgarh. The locals are afraid of what will happen if they start digging and would like to leave the past alone. It turns out their fears were confounded. The film starred Salman Khan, Amrita Singh, and Sheeba Agarwal. He also penned the dialogue for Adhikar, a romance family drama starring Rajesh Khanna, Tina Munim and Zarina Wahab. The film told the tale of Vishal and Jyoti who come from different backgrounds, but fall in love, and in spite of opposition from both the couple’s sides, are married. After marriage, they settle down but misunderstandings create problems. These problems persist even after the birth of their baby boy, Lucky. Jyoti and Vishal also own a former winning racehorse, and Vishal is a jockey, who used to ride him. Due to failing health, Vishal has been advised by his doctor not to ride anymore. After Vishal and Jyoti separate, Lucky lives with his father. He is brought up to believe that his mother has passed away. When Jyoti re-enters his life, she is introduced to him as ‘aunty’. The film explored various angles such as whether Lucky will ever come to know of his real mother, whether Vishal will be able to ride again, and whether Jyoti and Vishal will patch up their differences in the interests of their son. He also wrote the additional dialogue for the drama film Hum Tere Aashiq Hain (1979), starring Dharmendra, Hema Malini and Amjad Khan



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