Akhtar ul Iman
Born: 12 November 1915
Died: 9 March 1996
- He was a noted Urdu poet and screenwriter in Hindi cinema, who had a major influence on modern Urdu nazm.
- He won the Filmfare Award for Best Dialogue in 1963 for Dharmputra and 1966 for Waqt.
- He was awarded the 1962 Sahitya Akademi Award in Urdu, for his Poetry Collection, Yadein (Memories), by Sahitya Akademi, India’s National Academy of Letters.
- He preferred nazm over more popular ghazal as a mean of poetic expression.
- His language is “coarse and unpoetic”.
- He uses “coarse” and mundane poetic expressions to make his message effective and realistic.
- He left behind a substantial legacy for a new generation of poets to follow which explores new trends and themes in modern Urdu poetry giving a new direction to the modern and contemporary Urdu nazm with emphasis on philosophical humanism.
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November 12, 2019