8 March 1921: Popular film lyricist, Sahir Ludhiyanvi was born

With the pen name of Abdul Hayee, Sahir Ludhiyanvi was popularly known as Sahir. He was born on 8 March 1921 and won a Filmfare Award for Best Lyricist for the movie Taj Mahal that released in 1963. As an Indian poet and film lyricist, Sahir wrote in the Hindi and Urdu languages. Later, he also won a second Filmfare Award for Best lyricist for the movie Kabhi Kabhi which was released in 1963. While he was also awarded the Padma Shri in 1971, on his ninety-second anniversary, a commemorative stamp was issued in his honour.

On the relationship front, Sahir was firstly involved with a poetess, novelist and essayist Amrita Pritam and later with a singer cum actress, Sudha Malhotra. Although there were multiple women in Sahir’s life, he never married. It was on 25 October 1980 that Sahir Ludhiyanvi died at the age of fifty-nine due to a sudden cardiac arrest. He died in the presence of his best friend, Rishi Kapoor and was buried at the Juhu Muslim cemetery.


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