Sajjad Hussain was a music director in the Hindi film industry. While he composed for only fourteen films, between 1944 and 1963, he is remembered as an original composer who would settle for nothing but perfection.
He was borth in Sitamau (present-day Madhya Pradesh) in a family of musicians. His father, Mohammed Amit Khan, taught him to play the sitar and he went on to learn the veena, violin, flute and piano and was an exceptional mandolin player.
Sajjad Hussain move to Bombay in 1937, along with his brother Nissar Husaain, to try his luck in the film industry. He was introduced to music director, Ali Baksh (actress Meena Kumari's father) by a friend. Impressed by his skill in playing mandolin, Ali Baksh emplyed Sajjad as his assistant.
Later Sajjad also worked as assistant to Hanuman Prasad and started off his career as music director by composing two songs for the film "Gaali" (1944). He went solo with the movie “Dost” (1944). His debut compositions like "Badnaam Mohabbat Kaun Kare", "Koi Prem Ka De Ke Sandesa" and "Alam Par Alam", sung by singer-actor Noor Jehan, became very popular. Unfortunately, he got into a fight with the film's director and Noor Jehan's husband, Shaukat Hussain Rizvi, and never worked with them again.
This incident set the tone for the rest of Sajjad's career. He's known to have called Talat Mahmood, "Galat" Mahmood and Kishore Kumar, "Shor" Kumar. He had strained relationships with Lata Mangeshkar for a period of time and accused Madan Mohan, in public, of plagiarising his song "Yeh Hawa Yeh Raat Yeh Chandni" ("Sangdil", 1952). Over time, he earned the reputation of being difficult to work and as a result didn't get as many offers as his peers.
He passed away at the age of 79, with a very limited discography, and leaving music lovers wondering what might have been, if he had been more prolific.