Late O P Nayyar Sir would have been 92 today if he hadn’t expired in 2007. Born Omkar Prasad Nayyar, he was a great music composer belonging to Bollywood. Naya Daur (1958) gave him a Filmfare Award for composing the best music. His favorite singers were late Geeta Dutt, Asha Bhonsle and late Mohammad Rafi. Nayyar Sahab also composed Chal akelaa chal akela… for late Mukesh in Sambandh (1969).
Nayyar Sahab’s compositions were often exclusively picturized on comedians, whose importance rose with these songs in the movies. Which Bollywood enthusiast does not remember Aye dil hai mushkil… from CID (1956), Jane kahan mera jigar… from Mr. and Mrs. 55 (1955) and Main Bambaika baboo… from Naya Daur (1957)? Nayyar Sahab was actively composing music for Bollywood during the 1960s and was almost absent from the music scene later on. His last composition for Asha Bhonsle was Chain se humko kabhi… from Pran Jaye Par Vachan Na Jaye (1973). This song was not present in the movie though it was composed for it. However, Ashaji won the Filmfare Award for that song.
Nayyar Sahab composed music for the Telugu movie Neeranjanam (1988). He did not create music for Amitabh Bachchan, late Rajesh Khanna and other newer Bollywood actors. He returned to the Bollywood music arena briefly in the 1990s with Mangni (1992), Nishchay (1992) and Zid (1994). A postal stamp was issued by India Post in 2013, posthumously to commemorate his contribution to Indian Cinema.
Bollywood and O P Nayyar:
Kabhi aar kabhi paar… Aar Paar (1954)
Thandi hawa kali ghata… Mr. and Mrs. 55 (1955)
Leke pehla pehla pyar… CID (1956)
Ude jab jab zulfen teri… Naya Daur (1957)
Yun toh humne lakh haseen dekhe hain… Tumsa Nahin Dekha (1957)
Mera naam chin chinchu… Howrah Bridge (1958)
Ankhon se jo utri hai dil mein… Phir Wohi Dil Laya Hoon (1963)
Tum khud ko dekhte ho sada apni nazar se… Heera Moti (1979)
Aap yun hi agar humse milte rahe… Ek Musafir Ek Hasina (1962)