"I remember clearly when we were told to write Pyaar kiya to darna kya, the lyricist Shakeel Badayuni first came with lyrics like Prem kiya tha chori nahi kari.
I didn't like that and then he came up with the words 'Pyaar kiya to darna kya'. Me, the director, K Asif and Shakeelsaab sat through the night and finished the song by early morning.
Then a problem arose because Asifsaab wanted a line in the lyrics to insult Emperor Akbar, but subtly, with dignity. So we were caught in a bind. Shakeelsaab then came up with the line," 'Aaj kahenge dil ka phasana, jaan bhi chahye le leye zamana, parda nahi jab koi khuda se banda se parda kya'. Asifsaab immediately agreed, and I too said fine. It was six in the morning!
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Text: Syed Firdaus Ashraf | Design: Uday Kuckian | Photographs: Pradeep Bandekar