A career spanning about 20 years, successful hits with songs of Noor Jehan, Lata Mangeshkar and Talat Mahmood. And how many films one would compose for? Just 14! Yes, that is Sajjad Hussain for you!
He had the honor of being the only musician in the world able to play classical Indian music on the mandolin, an almost impossible task because of its limitations. Sajjad Hussain was a musical genius. However he never witnessed the glory or fame that he deserved because of his unwillingness to compromise on the smallest of details. He joined music director Pt. Hanuman Prasad (who discovered the talent in young Geeta’s voice later in 1946) as an assistant from 1941 to 1944. In 1944 he got “Dost” as an independant music director solely on the basis of his own talent. The songs of the film sung by Noor Jehan became very famous. His other musical hits were 1857 (1946), Khel (1950), Hulchal (1951) and Sangdil (1952). His last film was Rustam Sohraab (1963). Incidentally it was also the last film of singer actress Suraiya as well.
1. Ye Kaisi Ajab Dasta Ho Gayi Hai, Flim: Rustom Sohrab (1963)
2. Ye Dilruba, Flim: Rustom Sohrab (1963)
3. Phit Tumhari Yaad Aayi, Flim: Rustom Sohrab (1963)