Rahat Indori, the renowned Urdu poet, died of a heart attack, at 70, at 5PM (IST) on Wednesday 11 August 2020, while undergoing treatment for coronavirus at an Indore hospital. The poet had been admitted to the hospital after he tested positive for coronavirus.
Active on social media, he had himself tweeted earlier: “My coronavirus test was done yesterday after the onset of symptoms of Covid, and the result shows I am COVID-19 positive. I have been admitted to Aurobindo Hospital. Pray that I recover as soon as possible.”
“He was admitted for coronavirus treatment but died after suffering a heart attack,” son Satlaj Indori, also a poet, told PTI.
Rahat Indori wrote the lyrics of several super hit songs and worked mostly with Anu Malik in the 90s and early 00s. His track record is impressive and his poetry has so much meaning, warmth and connection. “Chori Chori Jab Nazrein Mili” from ‘Kareeb’ (1998), “Dil Jigar Ke Jaan Achchha Hai” from Jaanam (1992), “Neend Churayee Meri” from Ishq (1997), “Koi Jaye To Le Aaye” from ‘Ghatak’ (1996), among others, are still widely popular.
He also worked with Shankar-Eshaan-Loy (“Mission Kashmir” (2000)) and A.R Rahman (‘Meenaxi’ (2004)). His last association with Anu Malik was in 2017 – “Murshida” from ‘Begum Jaan’ was beautifully sung by Arijit Singh and was a bonus track.