Sahir Ludhianvi is the pen name of Abdul Hayee who is popularly known as Sahir, was an Indian Urdu poet and film lyricist. His work influenced Indian cinema, in particular Bollywood films. Sahir won a Filmfare Award for Best Lyricist for Taj Mahal (1963). He won a second Filmfare Award for Best Lyricist for his work on Kabhie Kabhie (1976) and he was awarded the Padma Shri in 1971. Sahir was a favourite of filmmaker Yash Chopra. And Mohammad Rafi sang most of his compositions. Sahir’s partners were Amrita Pritam, a poet, novelist and essayist and later Sudha Malhotra, a singer and actress.
Although there were also other women in his life, he did not marry. On 25 October 1980, at the age of fifty-nine, Sahir died a sudden cardiac death (he had been a smoker and drinker). He died in the presence of his friend, Javed Akhtar. It was Sahir’s ability to bring nature into his love songs that makes the songs immortal. These famous lines from his poems will trigger your memory. His poetry is replete with love and passion and makes one come to terms with the estrangement and loneliness that comes with heartbreak.
Here are 19 Shayaris by Sahir Ludhianvi that beautifully talk about the pain of love: