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Date of Birth 18 February 1927Rahon, Nawanshahr District, Punjab, British India
Birth NameMohammed Zahur Khayyam

Trivia (9)

Married to playback singer Jagjit Kaur.
Father of actor Music director Pradip Khayyam.
For Khayyam, Asha Bhosle was very special as she had been singing his compositions from his first film in 1953 to 2012. Khayyam first hit was only in 1958 Phir Subah Hogi. But songs from his films beginning with film Footpath were considered classics and had Talat Mahmood and Asha crooning songs.
Rajesh Khanna's home production Majnoon had Khayyam as the music director and starred Rakhee.Khanna always liked to pick up tunes and used to sit for music sessions.He liked the tune of the song so much that Khanna gifted a car to Khayyam in 1978.Unfortunately the film was left incomplete after shooting for 40% and no scene in bits ever released.Khayyam still has the car.
He admired his contemporaries like R.D.Burman , Lakshmikant Pyarelal, Shankar Jaikishen and respected seniors like S.D.Burman and Roshan.
Khayyam had once said the 15 songs for which he would always be remembered making him immortal would be Pyar Ka Dard Hai and AisI Haseena Chandni from Dard, Chandni Raat Hai from Dil E Nadan, Ankhon Mein Humne From Thodisi Bewafaii, Baharoan Mera Jeevan from Akhri Khat, Dil Cheez from Umrao Jaan, Kabhie Kabhie Mere from and Pyar Kar Liya from Kabhie, Kabhie, Janeman Tum and Mohabbat Bade Kaam from Trishul, Theriye Hosh Mein Aa Lun from Mohabbat Isko Kehte Hai by Rafi Suman Kalyanpur, Woh Subah Kabhi Toh from Phir Subah Hogi, Shaam E Ghar Ki Kasam and the unpicturised Pawan Chale both by Talat Mahmood from Footpath and Kabhi Kisi Ko Mukammal by Asha and Mana Teri Nazar by Sulakshana Pandit from Ahista Ahista, Mana Chirag Badan from Sawaal, Hai Kali Kali Ke Lab from Lal Rukh by Rafi, Kab Yaad Mein Tera from Anjuman by his wife Jagjit Kaur and himself and Jise Samjhe The from Ek Naya Rishta by Bhupinder Singh.
His favourite singers were Asha Bhosle, Talat Mahmood and Kishore Kumar and favourite actor were Rajesh Khanna and Rekha.
He without succumbing to pressure from producers made singers like Anwar, Sulakshana Pandit, Yesudas, Suman Kalyanpur sing songs for him in his career. He approached Lata Mangeshkar, Rafi and Mukesh only when he felt they are must for songs. He supported Asha Bhosle in 1950s and 1960s when she was living under shad own of her sister Lata and gave Asha different numbers from various genres to sing.
Rajesh Khanna always preferred R D Burman or Laxmikant Pyarelal over other music directors. But after working on Majnoon with Khayyam, he ordered the directors and producers to have Khayyam as the music director for three films - Dard, Thodisi Bewafaii, Dil E Nadan.All 3 were box office hits and music was praised. Khayyam had also composed for Rajesh 's debut film Akhri Khat on recommendation of Chetan Anand.

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