Usha Khanna

Usha Khanna is the only female music director in the Indian Film Industry till now.She made a history by surviving for three decades in an almost exclusively male dominated profession and industry.

Usha Khanna was born in Gwalior to a family of good musical background . Her father was a lyricist and singer and had a Masters in music.she gradually developed interest in music .

Usha was a talented as a kid started learning music when she was very young. Her father was quite a close associate of lyricist Indeevar. She met S. Mukherjee when Indeevar took introduced her to him . After hearing a few of her songs, he asked her from which film she'd picked them up. She told him they're her own songs!

Hits like ‘Chodo kal ki baaten’ from Hum Hindustani slowly established Usha.Remember Usha's lilting 'Chodo kal ki baaten' tune that can be heard in advertisements. Because she had faced so much hardship and resistance when she was once a new comer herself she has always been kind to new comers. This is illustrated by the fact that she didn’t rely on famous singers alone. This sole woman in her field was one who discovered and gave a break to singers like Jaspal Singh, Pankaj Udhas, Anupama Deshpande, Hemlata, Vinod Rathod, Mohammed Aziz, Shabbir Kumar and Roopkumar Rathod.

The composer was last known for her brilliant work in Saawan Kumar’s Souten. Songs like ‘Shaayad meri shaadi ka khayal’ and ‘Zindagi pyaar ka geet hai’ went on to become chartbusters. She also composed soulful music in Agar Tum Na Hote.’ After achieving success on her own terms perhaps the only thing in life that perhaps didn’t go according to plan was her marriage to producer-director Saawan Kumar. ‘It was my biggest mistake,’ she says with a touch of regret in her voice.

It was good for the film world and music fans that even after the couple broke up they continued working together. Usha did the background score of Saawan Kumar’s ‘Sajan Bina Suhagan’.

Usha Khanna's father, Manohar Khanna, was a lyricist and singer, but she had no formal training in music. Even though she did often take inspiration from Arabic music, which she liked. Usha claims that she has never lifted of any song directly, but that she has composed something along the lines.

The popular music director O. P. Nayyar introduced Usha Khanna to meet Sashadhar Mukherjee, a powerful man in the Indian film industry at that time. She sang a song for Mukerji, and when he realised that she had composed the song on her own, he told her to compose two songs per day for one year. After a few months, Mukherjee signed her as the composer for his movie Dil Deke Dekho (1959) as a music composer. The film, which also introduced the actress Asha Parekh, became a big hit, and Mukherjee hired her again for another Asha Parekh starrer Hum Hindustani (1961).

After she started composing music for Hindi movies, Usha Khanna had to struggle hard to establish herself as a music director, despite producing many hit songs. She often used the combination of Asha Bhosle, who referred to Usha Khanna as her daughter, and Mohammed Rafi. This trio produced many hit songs.

Saawan Kumar was often the lyricist for Usha Khanna, and wrote most of his lyrics for songs composed by her. He directed and produced the lyrics for eleven movies she scored the music for. In 1979 K J Yesudas received Filmfare award for her song Dil ke tukde tukde in the film Dada.

The effort she had put in to establish her in the industry, made her know how difficult it was to break through, and made her often give the chance to new singers. She gave the chance to the singers who were little known at that time – Anupama Deshpande, Pankaj Udhas, Hemlata, Mohammed Aziz, Roop Kumar Rathod, Shabbir Kumar, and Sonu Nigam. Many of these went on to become notbale singers. Usha Khanna herself also sing a few song as a playback singer.

Many of Usha Khanna's songs are still very popular. One of India's most well-known music composers, A. R. Rahman, used her Har Nazar Ke Sau Afsane from Shabnam (1964), as inspiration for the song Latka Dikha Diya in the movie Hindustani (1996).

Usha Khanna was quite active as a composer until the mid-ninetees. Until now the last movie she has given music to was in 2003. The movie was Dil Pardesi Ho Gaya, produced and directed by her ex-husband Saawan Kumar who she was briefly married to.

Usha Khanna had given music to non-hindi movies too. The Malayalam movie 'Moodal Manju' (1969) is still remembered for some of the finest songs in Malayalam including 'Nee Madu Pakaroo' by K. J. Yesudas and 'Manasa Mani veenayil' by S.Janaki. Why she did not get many chances remains a mystery for many music lovers even now.

Best Of Usha Khanna:

Song & Movie

shaam dekho Dhal rahi hai- Anjaan Hai Koyee

Filmography as Director, Artiste, Music Director



As Artiste

Mehendi (1998)

As Director

Ramvati (1991)

As Music Director

Dil Pardesi Ho Gayaa (2003)

Bhayaanak (2000)

Ghar Bazar (1998)

Khofnak Mahal (1998)

Laash (1998)

Chudail (1997)

Pappi Farishte (1995)

Sanam Harjai (1995)

Dil Apna Aur Preet Paraee (1993)

Bewafa Se Wafa (1992)

Kumsin Haseena (1992)

Rajoo Dada (1992)

Aurat Aur Patthar (1991)

Deewane (1991)

Khooni Raat (1991)

Mehandi Ban Gai Khoon (1991)

Pucca Badmash (1991)

Aag Laga Do Sawan Ko (1991)

Amawas Ki Raat (1990)

Halaat (1990)

Jaan Lada Denge (1990)

Lohe Ke Haath (1990)

Naya Khoon (1990)

Khuli Khidki (1989)

Lahu Ki Awaz (1989)

Saat Bijliyaan (1988)

Pahli Aurat Pahla Mard (1988)

Ghayal Sherni (1988)

Kharidar (1988)

Mere Baad (1988)

Yaatna (1987)

Pyar Ki Jeet (1987)

Be-Sahaara (1987)

Daku Hasina (1987)

Gulami Ki Zanjeerain (1987)

Kachchi Kali (1987)

Kanoon Kanoon Hai (1987)

Kaun Jeeta Kaun Haara (1987)

Maan Maryada (1987)

Jawani Ki Kahani (1986)

Aurat (1986)

Preeti (1986)

Sasti Dulhan Mahenga Dulha (1986)

Bud-Kaar (1986)

Door Desh (1986)

Mehak (1985)

Yaar Kasam (1985)

Zamaana (1985)

Paisa Yeh Paisa (1985)

Pyaasi Ankhen (1984)

Raksha Bandhan (1984)

Sardar (1984)

Kunwari Bahu (1984)

Laila (1984)

Captain Barry (1984)

Divorce (1984)

Souten (1983)

Sweekar Kiya Maine (1983)

Achha Bura (1983)

Be-Khabar (1983)

Jai Baba Amarnath (1983)

Paanchwin Manzil (1983)

Raaste Aaur Rishte (1983)

Aadat Se Majboor (1982)

Anokha Bandhan (1982)

Gopichand Jasoos (1982)

Lakshmi (1982)

Patthar Ki Lakeer (1982)

Pyara Dost (1982)

Sant Gyaneshwar (1982)

Sati Aur Bhagwan (1982)

Waqt Ke Shehzade (1982)

Saajan Ki Saheli (1981)

Tajurba (1981)

Ladaaku (1981)

Be-Shaque (1981)

Hotel (1981)

Kaaran (1981)

Aap To Aise Na The (1980)

Bahke Kadam (1980)

Bambai Ka Maharaja (1980)

Meri Biwi Ki Shaadi (1979)

Bin Phere Hum Tere (1979)

Dada (1979)

Saajan Bin Suhagan (1978)

Sone Ke Dil Lohe Ka Hath (1978)

Ali Baba Marjina (1977)

Ab Kya Hoga (1977)

Gumrah (1977)

Ladki Bholi Bhali (1976)

Mazdoor Zindabad (1976)

Do Khiladi (1976)

Aaja Sanam (1975)

Apradhi (1974)

Hawas (1974)

Sabak (1973)

Honey Moon (1973)

Hum Sub Chor Hein (1973)

Kamna (1972)

Munimji (1972)

Tanhai (1972)

Bijlee (1972)

Bahake Kadam (1971)

Behroopiya (1971)

Khoj (1971)

Ek Paheli (1971)

Murder In Circus (1971)

Naag Pooja (1971)

Sher-E-Watan (1971)

The Criminals ( Hum Sab Chor Hain ) (1971)

Sasta Khoon Mahenga Pyar (1970)

Sau Saal Bit Gaye (1970)

Ilzam (1970)

Insaan Aur Shaitan (1970)

Begunah (1970)

Deedar (1970)

Kaun Ho Tum (1970)

Anjan Hai Koi (1969)

Bandish (1969)

Hum Ek Hain (1969)

Nateeja (1969)

Samay Bada Balwan (1969)

Simla Road (1969)

Fareb (1968)

Haye Mera Dil (1968)

Roop Rupaiya (1968)

Ek Phool Ek Bhool (1968)

Aag (1967)

Dilruba (1967)

Ek Raat (1967)

Johar In Bombay (1967)

Mera Naam Johar (1967)

Raat Andheri Thi (1967)

Sardar (1967)

Trip To Moon (1967)

Woh Koi Aur Hoga (1967)

Khoon Ka Kanoon (1966)

Badal (1966)

Insaaf (1966)

Lal Bangla (1966)

Main Wohi Hoon (1966)

Dada (1966)

Alibaba & 40 Thieves (1966)

Ek Sapera Ek Lutera (1965)

Faisla (1965)

Main Hoon Alladin (1965)

Nishan (1965)

Aao Pyar Karen (1964)

Awara Badal (1964)

Shabnam (1964)

Flat No. 9 (1961)

Hum Hindustani (1960)

Dil Deke Dekho (1959)



उषा खन्ना - Usha Khanna

अजनबी कौन हो तुम, जब से तुम्हे देखा है

निदा फाझली
, लता मंगेशकर, स्विकार किया मैने (1983)

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चांद के पास जो सितारा हैं, वो सितारा हसीन लगता हैं

लता
- किशोर, स्विकार किया मैने (1983)

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चाँद को क्या मालूम चाहता हैं उसे कोई चकोर

इंदिवर
, मुकेश, लाल बंगला (1966)

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दिल के टुकडे टुकडे कर के, मुस्कुराके चल दिए

कुलवंत जानी
, येशुदास, दादा (1979)

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दोस्त के बन के आए हो, दोस्त बन के ही रहना

असद भोपाली
, उषा खन्ना - रफी, बीन फेरे हम तेरे (1979)

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हम तुम से जुदा हो कर, मर जाएंगे रो रो कर

असद भोपाली
, मोहम्मद रफी, एक सपेरा एक लुटेरा (1965)

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जिंदगी प्यार का गीत हैं, इसे हर दिल को गाना पडेगा

सावन कुमार
, लता मंगेशकर, सौतन (1983)

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मधुबन खुशबू देता हैं, सागर सावन देता है

इंदिवर
, येशुदास, साजन बिना सुहागन (1978)

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तेरी गलियों में ना रखेंगे कदम आज के बाद

सावन कुमार
, मोहम्मद रफी, हवस (1974)

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तेरी निगाहों पे मर मर गए हम

मुकेश
, शबनम (1964)

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तू इस तरह से मेरी जिंदगी में शामिल हैं

हेमलता
, आप तो ऐसे ना थे (1980)

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तू इस तरह से मेरी जिंदगी में शामिल हैं

मनहर उधास
, आप तो ऐसे ना थे (1980)

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तू इस तरह से मेरी जिंदगी में शामिल हैं

मोहम्मद रफी
, आप तो ऐसे ना थे (1980)

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# ajanabii kaun ho tum, jabase tumhen dekhaa hai

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# dil deke dekho, dil deke dekho

# dil ke Tuka.De Tuka.De karake, muskuraate chal diye

# ham aur tum aur ye samaa, kyaa nashaa nashaa saa hai

# kaun ye aayaa mahafil me.n, bijalii sii chamakii dil me.n

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# raat nikharii huii, zulf bikharii huii

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# shaam dekho Dhal rahii hai

# terii galiyon men na rakhenge kadam, aaj ke baad

# tuu is tarah se merii zindagii men shaamil hai

# yaar chulabulaa hai hasiin dilarubaa hai

# ye terii saadagii ye teraa baankapan

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