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Verma Malik (13 April 1925 – 15 March 2009) was a Bollywood film songs lyricist. He was an active freedom fighter during the British Raj. He wrote many patriotic songs and migrated from Pakistan to live in India after the 1947 partition. He wrote Bhajans and recited them immediately prior to penning lyrics for films. Born as Barkatrai Malik, he took name of Verma Malik on the advice of Punjabi films music director Hansraj Behl who helped him in the beginning of his career in the Indian Film Industry.
He penned lyrics for the first time for a song in film Chakori (1949). Later he wrote songs for other films including Jaggu (1952), Shree Nagad Narayan (1955), Mirza Sahiban (1957), CID 909 (1957), Taqdeer (1958).
He remained away from the film industry for almost 7 years after 1961. He then wrote songs for Dil Aur Mohabbat (1967).
His first big break in Hindi-language films was in Yaadgaar (1970 film) by Manoj Kumar. He is known for writing the song "Ek Tara Bole".[1Two more films in the same year, Purab Aur Paschim (1970) and Pehchan (1970 film) got him much attention and he became a prominent film song lyricist for Bollywood. He wrote nearly 500 film songs during his career.
Chhai (1950) - a Punjabi language film
Bhangra (1959) - a Punjabi language film
Do Lachhian (1959) - a Punjabi language film
Guddi (1961) - a Punjabi language film
Dost (1954 film)
Mirza Sahiban (1957)
Pind Di Kuri (1967)
Dil Aur Mohabbat (1968)
Yaadgaar (1970 film)
Pehchan (1970 film)
Sawan Bhadon (1970)
Hum Tum Aur Woh (1971 film)
Purab Aur Paschim (1972)
Shor (film) (1972)
Anhonee (1973 film)
Roti Kapda Aur Makaan (1974)
Ek Se Badhkar Ek (1976 film)
Nagin (1976 film)
Jaani Dushman (1979)
Shakka (film) (1981)
Do Ustad (1982)
Filmfare Awards for Pehchan (1970 film) and again for Be-Imaan (1972 film)
Verma Malik died on 15 March 2009 at Juhu, Mumbai, India at age 83. He was a close friend of Pyarelal of the film music directors duo Laxmikant-Pyarelal. Pyarelal paid tributes to him by saying that he was a simple man and very proud of his work. He added that Verma Malik could blend traditional Punjabi folk songs into his film songs very well.