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Why Sahir Ludhianvi's lyrics spewed bitterness?

March 8, 2014 12:47:37 PM IST
By Mansoor Khan, Glamsham Editorial
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Har ek jism ghayal, har ek rooh pyaasi, Nigaaho mein uljhan, dilo mein udaasi,
Ye duniya hai ya aalam-e-badhawasi, Ye duniya agar mil bhi jaaye to kya hain?
Why Sahir Ludhianvi's lyrics spewed bitterness?(Each body is wounded, each soul thirsty, eyes look baffled and hearts gloomy
Is this the world or the realm of the unease, What if I can have this world?)

This soul-stirring song penned by Sahir Ludhianvi, in Guru Dutt's PYAASA holds sense even today though the song was written some five decades ago. That was the magic and fire of Sahir Ludhianvi's lyrics, one of the top literary geniuses of Indian Cinema.

March 8 marks his birth anniversary, Glamsham.Com remembers the legend and probes why Sahir Ludhianvi's lyrics were laced with melancholy and spotlighted the trauma of women, in particular.

Born on March 8th, 1921 as Abdul Hayee in Punjab's Ludhiana district, Sahir shared a great bond with his mother as a child. However his father's constant torture on her mother, left an ugly scar on little Sahir's heart. That's the reason why Sahir's poetry always reflected the trauma of a suffering woman. Later, in the movie -SADHANA , Sahir poured out all his emotions in hard-hitting lyrics which may even pushes great English poets like William Wordsworth or Tennyson to the background.

The lyrics went thus:
Aurat ne janam diya mardoon ko , Mardoon ne use bazaar diya ,
Jab je chaha machla kuchla , Jab je chaha duthkar diya......
Sajti hai kahin deewaroon pe , Bikti hai kahin bazaroon mein ,
Nangi nachvai jaati hai , Ayiashoon ke darbaroon mein ,
Ye who be-izzat cheez hai jo , Bat jaati hai izzatdaroon mein .......

His youth too was marred with disillusionment in love hence he lived a bachelor's life and expressed his inner feelings in the lyric from the movie IZZAT....
Mohabbat kar to le lekin , Mohabbat raas aaye bhi ,
Hazaroon gham hain is duniya mein , Apne bhi paraye bhi ,
Mohabbat ka hi gham tanha nahin.....

Whenever he got an opportunity to lambast the wrong doings of the society he spewed bitter words ... Remember Guru Dutt's PYASSA ...
Ye duniya agar mil bhi jaaye to kya hain?

Torn apart by grief in love and the antipathy for society, Sahir spewed out the venom in him though his collection of poetries in 'Taklhian'  (Bitter words) where he quoted .....
Duniya ne tajrubaat- o -hawaadis ki shakl mein
Jo kuch mujhe diya hai, wo lauta rahaa hoon main

( I am returning what the world has bestowed on me through my experiences)




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