Born: 17 January 1945
He is an Indian poet, lyricist and screenwriter.
He is a recipient of the Padma Shri (1999), Padma Bhushan (2007), and five National Film Awards.
He was nominated to the Parliament upper house Rajya Sabha on 16 November 2009.
In 2013, he received the Sahitya Akademi Award in Urdu, India’s second highest literary honour, for his poetry collection Lava.
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