Born: 8 March 1921
Died: 25 October 1980
- He popularly known by his pen name Sahir Ludhianvi, was an Indian poet and film lyricist who wrote in the Hindi and Urdu languages.
- His work influenced Indian cinema, in particular Bollywood film.
- He won a Filmfare Award for Best Lyricist for Taj Mahal (1963).
- He won a second Filmfare Award for Best Lyricist for his work on Kabhie Kabhie(1976).
- He was awarded the Padma Shri in 1971. On 8 March 2013, the ninety-second anniversary of Sahir’s birth, a commemorative stamp was issued in his honour.
- He was a controversial figure in that he was artistically temperamental.
- He insisted that the film score should be composed for his lyrics and not the other way around. He also insisted on being paid one rupee more than Lata Mangeshkar and this created a rift between them.
- In 1958, he wrote the lyrics for Ramesh Saigal’s film Phir Subah Hogi, which was based on Fyodor Dostoevsky’s novel Crime and Punishment.
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