Published on 21 Oct 2013 | over 3 years ago
Ye Raat Ye Chandini Phir Kaha - Jaal
Jaye To Jaye Kaha - Taxi Driver
Dukhi Man Mere - Funtoosh
Thandi Hawayein Lehrake Aaye - Naujawan
Ye Duniya Agar Mil Bhi Jaye To Kya Hai - Pyaasa
A colossus amongst film lyricists, Sahir Ludhianvi was slightly different from his contemporaries. A poet unable to praise Khuda (God), Husn (Beauty) or Jaam (Wine), his pen was, at its best, pouring out bitter but sensitive lyrics over the declining values of society, the senselessness of war and politics, and the domination of consumerism over love. Whenever he wrote any love songs, they were tinged with sorrow, due to renationalisation that there were other, starker concepts more important than love. His lyrics from Pyaasa when lead actor Guru Dutt (Vijay) sings...moved even Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru, Honorable Prime minister of India that time.
"ये कूचे, ये नीलामघर दिलकशी के,
ये लुटते हुए कारवां ज़िंदगी के,
कहाँ है कहाँ है मुहाफ़िज़ खुदी के?
जिन्हें नाज़ है हिंद पर,वो कहाँ हैं?"
Sahir Ludhianvi's poetry had a "Faizian" quality. Like Faiz Ahmed Faiz, he too gave Urdu poetry an intellectual element that caught the imagination of the youth of the 1940s, 1950s and 1960s. He helped them discover their spine. Sahir asked questions and was not afraid of calling a spade, a spade; he roused people from an independence-induced smugness. He would pick on the self-appointed custodian of religion, the self-serving politician, the exploitative capitalist, and the war-mongering super-powers.