Sahir Ludhianvi: Legendary lyricist



Sahir Ludhianvi was a child from a broken home and his sentiments on all aspects of life were deeply intense — and this intensity gave an edge to his writing.

Sahir Ludhianvi was so sure of himself and his talent, it is heard, that he used to have the composer come home for the song sittings, an unheard of thing at a time when writers were given almost no credit for their work, and lyricists were at the
command of composers.

Once he decided that he’d settle in Pakistan. There the government apparently announced benevolently that writers would have to pay only half the fare on public transport. This riled him enough to say: ‘Are all the writers here nabalik (non adults, children)’ and other things against the government. He had to return to India because things became too hot for him in Pakistan.

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