Remembering Sahir Ludhianvi

He was the numero uno poet and lyricist of his time, who could argue both sides of the argument if want be. He should write on the whole lot from the first flush of love to the green revolution and had the identical empathy for the farmers as he did for fanatics.

Sahir turned into born in March 1921, at Karimpura, Ludhiana, Punjab. HIs real name changed into Abdul Hayee. His pen name, Sahir, approach magic and his writing proved real to the name. He brought the suffix Ludhiyanvi to it as he was from Ludhiana. He’s stated to have had a bitter adolescence due to the fact his mother and father didn’t get alongside. His mother divorced her husband and his father sued for his son’s custody. The court docket case and the intellectual harassment which ensued is said to have scarred his soul for lifestyles. Some say his first e book of poems, Talkhiyaan (Bitterness, 1945), his first published work in Urdu, reflected the angst he felt.
He began writing even as nonetheless in school and turned into lively as a writer and a poet for the duration of faculty and college. After passing out from Khalsa High School and S. C. Dhawan Government College in Ludhiana, he then shifted to Lahore in which he took admission in Dyal Singh College. He turned into inducted into Lahore’s literary circle. He would have fortunately settled in Lahore but the horrors of Partition which he witnessed and disillusionment with Pakistan compelled him to flee to India. It’s said he made the circulate in 1949 after some of his writings had been said to be essential of the government of Pakistan. He moved to Mumbai in which writers like Shahid Lateef, Krishan Chander, Ismat Chugtai, Kaifi Azmi and others welcomed him of their circle and helped him get a foothold within the Hindi film enterprise as properly. His debut as a lyricist got here with Azadi Ki Raah Par (1949). Badal rahi hai zindagi is said to be his first movie song. However, it became in 1951, with the discharge of movies, Naujawan and later Baazi, that he have become the favourite of the masses. Thandi hawayein lehra ke aayen from Naujawan and Tadbeer se bigdi hui taqdeer bana le from Baazi are still popular these days. Both films had music by way of SD Burman and way to that comradeship, he was introduced to the Guru Dutt-Dev Anand circle, last the lyricist of preference for each filmmakers.

Guru Dutt, who saw life via the lens of tragedy, located a poet matching his personal sensibilities in Sahir. The nice example in their collaboration is Pyaasa (1957), which revolves round a disappointed poet Vijay, who was tired of a materialistic international and became in love with a girl who chooses to marry a rich guy rather. Sahir too became reportedly in love with a married Amrita Pritam, who desired to walk out of her own marriage but didn’t at that point. She did ultimately stroll out and lived-in with Imroz. It’s stated that Sahir changed into commitment phobic and confirmed a loss of clear up in all his relationships. Sahir and Amrita reportedly met at a mushaira at some stage in the overdue ’40s. She become already married once they met, having been married off at sixteen. Nevertheless sparks flew between the handsome poetess and the enigmatic poet. They in demand each others’ poetry, talked for hours about literature and were said to be soulmates. Amrita once defined their dating as being akin to one between French existentialists Jean-Paul Sartre and Simone de Beauvoir. Sahir later reportedly had an affair with singer Sudha Malhotra, even though that too didn’t lead to marriage. A poet wishes to be sad in love perhaps to jot down about it, as a sheen of longing prevailed each on his film and non-film writings.
Ironically, it’s stated that a rift seemed between him and SD Burman after Pyaasa as both men claimed it was their work which contributed more to the recognition of the songs. Maybe it became this falling aside which led him to exercise the alleged coverage of insisting that the composers adapt their tunes to his lyrics and no longer vice-versa. He become able to form long associations with various composers like Khayyam, Ravi, N Dutta, Roshan and Madan Mohan – composers who understood poetry and gave him the honour he longed for. He become the primary lyricist who fought with All India Radio for the rights of lyricists and insisted that their names have to additionally be examine out along with those of composers and singers in the course of track introductions in programmes. Sahir gained a Filmfare Award for Best Lyrics for Taj Mahal (1963) and for Kabhi Kabhie (1976). He changed into awarded the Padma Shri in 1971.

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