Bollywood lyricist Verma Malik passes away

MUMBAI: Lyricist Verma Malik, who penned popular songs of the 1970s and 1980s, passed away on Sunday evening at his residence in Juhu.

Malik was born on 13 April, 1925 in Ferozepur, Pakistan and has penned the lyrics of the popular marraige song – Aaj Mere Yaar Ki Shaadi Hai and also Yashoda Na Nand Lal. He has also penned Hai Jai Yeh Majboori from Roti Kapda aur Makaan (1974), Do Bechaare from Victoria No. 203 (1972), Tere Sang Pyaar Mein from Nagin (1976), Ek Taara Bole from Yaadagar (1970), Kaan Mein Jhumka Chaal Mein Thumka from Saawan Bhadon (1970) amongst others. He had also received two Filmfare Awards for Pehchan and Be-imaan.

Malik first began writing bhajans and was also an active freedom fighter and wrote many patriotic songs. After partition, Malik moved to India and began writing songs for Punjabi films. Actor director Manoj Kumar gave him the first break when he wrote Ek Tara Bole for Yaadgar.