Pervaiz was born in Amritsar, India,
in 1930. After partition his family migrated to Pakistan and settled
down in Lahore. He graduated from Dayal Singh College in 1954.
At Dayal Singh College film director
Wali’s son Zafar Iqbal was also a student in those days. Pervaiz and
Iqbal became friends. It was through Iqbal that he got introduced to
Wali, who later recruited him as an assistant.
Khawaja Pervaiz worked as assistant
director in Wali’s films, Gudda Guddi, Lukan Miti and Sohni Khumharan.
Later he got associated with Shabab Kairanvi films.
As a lyricist his first film was Rewaj,
which was directed by Diljit Mirza. The film is remembered for the
number penned by Pervaiz, Kehta Hai Zamana Tumhain Dil Na Lagana, sung
Among Khawaja Pervaiz’s contemporaries
were Hazeen Qadri, Tanveer Naqvi, Tasleem Fazli, Saleem Kahir and Qateel
Shafai. Among his early films as lyricist were Mundri, Yar Baili and
Although Pervaiz directed as well as
wrote dialogue for movies, he established his name as a lyricist. He has
a large number of popular songs to his credit. He penned all the songs
of Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan’s first audio album, which included Kisay Da
Yar Na Wichray, Sanu Ik Pal Chain Na Away. Mera Long Gawacha, the song
that shot Musarrat Nazir to the heights of fame, was also written by
Other hits to his credit included Sun
Way Balori Akh Walaya, Sonay Di Taveetri and Mahi Away Ga Mein Phulaan
Nal Dharti Sajwana Gi.
EVOCATIVE SONGS: His name evokes the
1960s and 70s as he wrote some defining Urdu songs of the period, eg
Tumhi ho Mehboob Meray, Dil-i-Veeran Hai, Piyar Bharay Do Sharmeelay
Nain, Jab Koie Piyar Say Bulaye Ga, Sun Lay Aye Jan-i-Wafa and Teray
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