Akhtar ul Iman

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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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