Whenever the famous Punjabi films, music and literature are highlighted, the 1st name that comes to mind is that of Inayat Hussain Bhatti. This multi talented and creative personality was born on the time period of 12th January 1928 in the city of Gujrat, Punjab (British India). He completed his education from his hometown and graduated from the renowned Zamindar College and after that went to city Lahore with the intention of acquiring degree in Law but destiny had something else in store for him.
2 personalities have played an influential role in steering the famous Pakistani artist Inayat Bhatti towards the media and showbiz; these were Syed Ijaz Hussain Gilani and Asghar Hayat Jaura. Both the gentlemen had an interest in the fine arts and promoted Bhatti to the mystic world of Sufism. Bhatti influenced by the works of great Sufi saints such as Baba Farid, Bulleh Shah and Waris Shah. When in the city of Lahore, Bhatti performed in a play deployed on Kashmir freedom fighters. The play was incidentally produced by the personality Syed Ijaz Hussain who also introduced him to a radio composer Master Niaz Hussain Shami. Under Shami’s patronage Bhatti became a daily based singer at the Radio Pakistan. Very soon things were happening for Bhatti as he was accessed by Rafi Peer to do the dramas and by composer Ghulam Ahmed Chisti to sing songs for his well-known film Phairey. The film Phairey (1949) spotted the beginning of his iconic career as a play back singer. His complete command and rule over playback singing lasted for a decade but in the 60s it was eclipsed as stars such as Ahmed Rushdi, Saleem Reza, Munir Hussain and Masood Rana appeared on the scene. Although in the late 60s Bhatti made a comeback and not merely as a playback but also as a superhero and a distributor. He provided 3 hit films namely Chan Makhna, Jind Jan and Sajan Pyara besides a host of evergreen songs. In all Bhatti sang nearly 282 songs in both the languages of Urdu and Punjabi films.
However, Inayat Hussain Bhatti is better famous to be known as a playback singer, he was also a popular folk singer, theatre owner, politician, social worker and TV presenter.