Friday marks the 39th passing anniversary of lyricist and rebel poet Sahir Ludhianvi. Produced in Ludhiana, Punjab, in 1921, Sahir started writing since childhood. Produced as born as Abdul Hayee, he discovered the phrase’Sahir’ while studying Iqbal’s poetry and chose to use it as his pen name. The term means enchanter or magician.
Sahir’s poetry was unusually worried about the socio-economic and political issues of the nation. He frequently uttered issues of the downtrodden along with his words. Sahir’s introduction as a film lyricist has been with Azadi Ki Rah Par and Baazi. In recognition of his gifts, he had been honored with Padma Bhushan.
Surinder Deol composed in his book on the poet, Sahir – A Literary Portrait, “Sahir’s words frequently paint a gloomy picture of the planet we are living in, but we shouldn’t eliminate sight of his optimism. Although all innovative anglers were optimistic in the sense which the revolution they anticipated to happen was presumed to function as natural remedy for society’s social and financial troubles, Sahir, not becoming part of the Communist Party, expected things to enhance through political and social activity beyond the range of a grand socialist revolution. For me, the afternoon of a better tomorrow wasn’t only guesswork. It needed to happen because individuals can make a better future for themselves.”
Here are top 10 Bollywood tunes Sahir has written: