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Riaz-Ur-Rehman Saghar (born 1 December 1941, Bathinda, Punjab, British India; died 1 June 2013, at Lahore, Pakistan) was a poet and a film song lyricist active in Pakistani cinema. He had been awarded numerous awards in recognition of his services to the Pakistani film industry. He is credited with having written over 25000 songs in his lifetime, including many for noted Pakistani singers such as Hadiqa Kiani ("Dupatta Mera Malmal Da" , "Yaad Sajan Di Ayi" and a duet song with Asha Bhosle and Adnan Sami Khan ("Kabhi to Nazar Milao"). Saghar also wrote prose and film dialogue in some of the films.
Career in the film industry
As a songwriter :
While working as a journalist, Saghar"s love for poetry remained strong. In 1958, he wrote his first song for a film that was never released. His first released song was in the film Alia, but his first real success came with the song "Mere dil ke sanam khane mein ek tasveer aisi hai" from the film Shareek-E-Hayat. He wrote film song lyrics for a Punjabi movie "Ishq Khuda"(2013) which was released after his death. Saghar worked as a journalist but his passion for poetry drove him to the film world as well.
Film dialogue and script writer :
Saghar worked as a dialogue and story writer for about 75 films, including Shama (1974), Naukar (1975), Susraal (1977), Shabana (1976), Nazrana (1978), Aurat aik paheli, Aawaz (1978), Bharosa(1977) Tarana and Moor (film) (2015)
As a film and TV songwriter :
Saghar has written over 2,000 songs for many singers and music directors for Pakistani films, radio and TV. Some of his popular songs were:
Aankhen Ghazal Hain Aap Ki Aur Hont Hain Gulab Sung by Asad Amanat Ali Khan, music by M. Ashraf, film Saheli (1978)
Dekha Jo Chehra Tera Mausam Bhi Pyara Laga Sung by Arshad Mehmood (singer), music by Amjad Bobby, film Ghunghat (1996 film)
Mujh Ko Bhi Koi Lift Karadey Sung by Adnan Sami Khan
Kal Shab Dekha Mein Nay Chaand Jharoke Mein Sung by Waris Baig, music by Sajjad Ali and Raunaq Ali, film Mujhe Chand Chahiye (2000)
O! Vela Yaad Kar Sung by Fariha Pervez, music by M. Arshad (2001)
Yaad Sajan Di Aaii Sung by Hadiqa Kiani (2002)