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Sahir Ludhianvi (1921–1980)

A colossus among film lyricists, Sahir Ludhianvi was slightly different from his contemporaries. A man unable to praise Khuda (God), Husn (beauty) and/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 materialism over ... See full bio »

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 1995 Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge (writer: "Ai Meri Zohrajabeen")
 1981 Chehre Pe Chehra (lyrics: "Aa Kuch Karein", "Aaj Socha Hai", "Jaam Le Jaam... Pakad Jaam", "Main Hoon Pari", "Tumse Kehna Hai", "Phir Wahi Tamaan Sur")
 1980 The Burning Train (lyrics: "Pal Do Pal Ka Saath Hamara", "Teri Nazar Hai Mujpe, Meri Nazar Hai Tujpe", "Pahli Nazar Mein Hamne Toh Apna Dil De Diya Tha Tumko", "Teri Hai Zameen, Tera Asmaan", "Waada Haan Waada", "Kisi Ke Vaade Pe Kyun Aetbaar Hamne Kiya")
 1979 Hum Tere Ashiq Hain (lyrics: "Nacho Re", "Hindi English Ki Pothi Hazaar Padli", "Zara Has Ke Karle Baat Hum Tore Aashiq Hain", "Ab Raaz Chupana Mushkil Hai", "Maar Liya Maidaan", "Manavta Ki Jeet Hui")
 1979 Laila Majnu (lyrics: "Husn Hazir Hai", "Tere Dar Pa Aaya Hoon", "Hoke Mayoos Tere Dar Se", "Is Reshmi Paazzeb Ki Jhankar", "Barbad-E-Mohabbat ki Dua", "Ab Agar Hum Se Khudai Bhi", "Likhkar Tera Naam Zamin Par")
 1977 Amaanat (lyrics: "Har Ek Dil Mein Koi Armaan Hai Amaanat", "Cycle Pe Haseenon Ki Toli", "Teri Jawani Tapta Mahina Yeh Naznina", "Matlab Nikal Gaya To Pehchaan Te Nahin", "Door Reh Kar Na Karo Baat, Kareeb Aa Jaao", "Bhoos Bhar Diya Mere Chaahat Mein, Bhoos Bharnewale Logon Ne", "Buje Buje Rang Hai Nazaron Ke, Lut Gaye Khafilen Baharon Ke")
 1976 Kabhie Kabhie (lyrics: "Kabhi Kabhie", "Main Pal Do Pal Ka", "Main Har Ek Pal Ka", "Pyar Kar Liya", "Tere Chehre Se", "Tere Phoolon Jaisa", "Mere Ghar Aayi", "Surkh Jode Ki")
 1975 Deewaar (writer: "Kehdoon Tumhen", "Maine Tujhe Maanga", "Koi Mar Jaaye", "Deewaaron Ka Jungal", "I'm falling in Love with a Stranger", "Idhar Ka Maal Udhar")
 1975 Ek Mahal Ho Sapno Ka (lyrics: "Paisa, Dushman Mohabbat Ka Duniya Mein Nahin Koi Aisa, Jaisa Paisa", "Ek Mahal Ho Sapno Ka", "Zindagi Guzarne Ko Saathi Ek Chahiye", "Dil Mein Kisike Pyar Ka Jalta Hua Diya (male)", "Dil Mein Kisike Pyar Ka Jalta Hua Diya (female)", "Dekha Hai Zindagi Ko")
 1975 Zameer (lyrics: "Tum Bhi Chalo, Hum Bhi Chalein", "Tum Bhi Chalo, Hum Bhi Chalein (Sad)", "Zindagi Hansne Gaane Ke Liye", "Phoolon Ke Dere Hain", "Bade Dino Mein Khushi (Part I)", "Bade Dino Mein Khushi (Part II)", "Ab Yahan Koi")
 1974 36 Ghante (lyrics: "Teen Lok Par Raaj Tumhara", "Chup Ho Aaj Kaho Kya Hai Baat", "Yahan Bandhu Aake Ho Hai Jana" - as Sahir)
 1973 Aa Gale Lag Jaa (lyrics: "Vaada Karo Nahin Chodogi Tum Mera Saath", "Tera Mujse Hai Pahele Ka Nata Koi, Yunhi Nahin Dil Lubata Koi", "Eh Mere Bete, Sun Mera Kahena, Chahey Dukh Hohvey, Hastte Hi Rahena", "No Koi Dil Me Samaya, Na Koi Pahelu Me Aaya")
 1973 Joshila (lyrics: "Kiska Raasta Dekhen")
 1973 Daag: A Poem of Love (lyrics: "Hum Aur Tum", "Ab Chahe Maa Roothe", "Mere Dil Mein Aaj", "Hawa Chale Kaise", "Jab Bhi Jee Chahe", "Ni Main Yaar Manana", "Main To Kuch Bhi Nahin")
 1973 Dhund (lyrics: "Sansar Ki Har Shaye Ka Itna Hi Fasana Hai")
 1972 Bhai Ho To Aisa (lyrics: "Aha! Ke Bachna Paya", "Bol Mere Gudia", "Phool Jari", "Sun Le Naagraja")
 1972 Dastaan (lyrics: "Mela.. Jagwala Saathi Mere Chalta Rahe", "Maria My Sweetheart", "Na Tu Zameen Ke Liye, Hai Na Aasmaan Ke Liye", "Ho Koi Aaya", "Jaisa Karm Kare Hai Koi, Waisa Hi Fall Paye Hai", "Ek To Hai Beri Sawan")
 1969 Nannha Farishta (lyrics: "Bacha Hai Mahaan Jag Mein, Bacha Hai Mahaan", "Oh Natkhat Nannhi Ladli Kuch Dekhey, Tera Mamma Chanda Mamma")
 1968 Izzat (lyrics: "Kya Miliye Aise Logon Se Jinke Fitrat Chupi Rahe", "Is Taleem Se Bad Kar Jag Mein Koi Nahin Taleem", "Ruk Ja Zara Kidar Ko Chala, Me Sadke Tere Pe, Babu Re, Babu Re", "Jagi Badan Mein Jwala, Saiyan Tune Kya Kar Dala", "Sar Mein Lamba Top Leke Ayega", "Pyar Ke Bukar Ko Utar Ne De Manwa", "Yeh Dil Tum Bin Kahin Lagta Nahin Hum Kya Karey")
 1968 Vaasna (lyrics: "Itni Nazuk Na Banno", "Mulk Mein Bachon Ki Gar Sarkar Ho", "Main Sadhke Jaun, Mere Sainya, Tum Aaye Jo Ho", "Yeh Parbonte Ke Daire, Yeh Shyam Ka Duan", "Aaj Is Darja Pila Do, Ke Na Kuch Yaad Rahey", "Jeenewaley Jhoomke Mastana Hoke Jee")
 1968 Do Kaliyaan (lyrics: "Bachey Mann Ke Sachey", "Yeh Samhan Yeh Ruth Yeh Nazarey", "Tumhari Nazar Kyon Khafa Ho Gai")
 1967 Hamraaz (lyrics: "Neele Gagan Ke Tale", "Na Muh Chupaake Jiyo", "Tum Agar Saath Dene Ka Waada Karo", "Kisi Paththar Ki Moorat Se", "Tu Husn Hai Main Ishq Hoon")
 1965 Bahu Beti (lyrics: "Bharat Ma Ki Aankh Ki Taaron", "Aaj Hai Karva Chaut", "Meri Maang Ke Rang Mein", "Meri Jaan, Na Sata Tu", "Sab Mein Shamil Ho, Magar Sab Se Juda Lagti Ho", "Rangeen Fiza Hai", "Jeeo To Aise Jeeo, Jaise Sab Tumhara Hai")
 1965 Waqt (lyrics: "Aage bhi jaane na tu", "Aei meri zohra jabeen", "Din hain bahaar ke tere mere iqraar ke", "Chehre pe khushi chha jaati hai", "Kaun aaya ki nigaahon mein chamak jaag uThi", "Hum jab simmatke aap ki baahon mein aa gaye", "Waqt Se Din Aur Raat")
 1964 Chitralekha (lyrics: "Kahey Tarsaaye, Jiyara", "Sakhi Re, Mera Mann Uljeh Tann Dhole", "Eh Ri, Jaane Na Doongi, Main Toh Apne Rasik Ko", "Mann Re, Tu Kahe Na Dheer Dhare", "Sansar Se Bhagey Phirte Ho, Bhagwan Ko Tum Kya Paoge", "Chaa Gaye Badal Neelgagan Par, Ghul Gaya Gajara Sanj Dhaley", "Maara Gaya Brahmachari")
 1964 Dooj Ka Chand (lyrics: "Phool Gendva Na Maro")
 1964 Gazal (lyrics: "Naghma O Sher Ki Saughat Kisse Pesh Karoon", "Ishq Ki Garmiye Jazbaat Kisse Pesh Karoon", "Dil Khush Hai Aaj Unse Mulaqat Ho Gai", "Mere Mehboob Kahin Aur Mila Kar Mujhse", "Unse Nazre Mili Aur Hizaab Aa Gaya", "Mujhe Yeh Phool Na De", "Yun Bhi Hai Aur Yun Bhi", "Rang Aur Noor Ki Baraat Kise Pesh Karoon")
 1963 Bahurani (lyrics: "Kya Bole Dai Maa", "Main Jaagu Sari Rain, Sajjan Tum Soh Jao", "Yeh Husna Mera Yeh Ishq Tera, Rangeen Toh Hain Badnaam Sahi", "Balma Anari Mann Bhaye, Kya Karu Samaj Na Aaye", "Kaam Krodh Aur Lobh Ka Maara", "Dur Hui Tumse Miley")
 1963 Gumrah (lyrics: "Chalo Ek Baar Phir Se")
 1963 Mujhe Jeene Do (lyrics: Ab koi gulshan na ujDe, ab vatan aazad hai")
 1963 Taj Mahal (lyrics: "Jo Wada Kiya")
 1963 Aaj Aur Kal (lyrics: "Zindagi ke rang kayi re")
 1962 Bees Saal Baad (lyrics: "Zara Nazron Se Kah Do Ji")
 1962 Hum Dono (lyrics: "Main Zindagi Ka Saath Nibhata Chala Gaya")
 1960 Barsaat Ki Raat (lyrics: "Garjat Barsat Sawan Aayo Re", "Maine Shayah Tumhein Pahele Bhi Kahin Dekha Hai", "Zindagi Bar Nahin Bhulegi Woh Barsat Ki Rat", "Mujhey Mil Gaya Bahane Teri Diid Ka, Kaisi Khushi Leke Aaya Chand", "Mayoos Toh Hua", "Na Toh Caravan Ki Talash Hai, Nah Toh Humsafar Ki Talash Hai")
 1959 Dhool Ka Phool (lyrics: "Arre Karle Jo Bhi Karna Hai", "Daaman Mein Aag Laga Baithe", "Dhadakne Lagi Dil Ki Taaron Ki Duniya Jo Tum Muskura Do", "Jhukti Ghata Gaati Hawa Sapne Jagaaye", "Kaase Kahoon Man Ki Baat", "Tere Pyaar Ka Aasra Chaahta Hoon", "Tu Hindu Banega Na Musalmaan Banega", "Tu Mere Pyaar Ka Phool Hai")
 1958 Sone Ki Chidiya (writer: "Raat bhar ka hai mehmaan andhera", "Chuk chuk chuk chuk rail chale", "Pyaar par bas toh nahin hai")
 1958 Sadhna (lyrics: "Kahoji Tum Kya Kya Kharidoge", "Aise Vaise Thikano Pe Jana Bura Hai", "Aaj Kyon Humse Parda Hai", "Tora Manwa Kyon Ghabraye Re (female)", "Sambhal Ae Dil", "Aurat Ne Janam Diya Mardon Ko", "Tora Manwa Kyon Ghabraye Re (male)")
 1957 Naya Daur (lyrics: "Aana hai toh aa raah mein")
 1957 Pyaasa (lyrics: "Jinhen Naaz Hai Hind Par Woh Kahaan Hain", "Jaane Kya Tu Ne Kahi, Jaane Kya Maine Suni", "Sar Jo Tera Chakraaye", "Jaane Woh Kaise Log The Jin Ke Pyaar Ko Pyaar Mila", "Aaj Sajan Mohe Ang Laga Lo", "Hum Aapki Aankhon Mein Is Dil Ko Basa Dein Toh", "Yeh Duniya Agar Mil Bhi Jaaye Toh Kya Hai")
 1955 Devdas (lyrics: "Manzil ki chaah mein")
 1955 House No. 44 (lyrics: "Teri Duniya Mein Jeene Se")
 1954 Taxi Driver (lyrics: "Jayen To Jayen Kahan", "Chahe Koi Khush Ho")
 1952 Jaal (lyrics: "Sun Ja Dil Ki Dastaan")
 1951 Baazi (lyrics: "Mere Labon Pe Chhipe")
 1951 Naujawan (lyrics: "Pi Pi Piya", "Thandi Hawayein", "Panghat Pe Dekho Aayee Milan Ki Bela", "Ek Aag Dahekta", "Jiya Jaye Piya Aaja", "Zara Jhoom Le")
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Sahir was known to be very egotistic, perhaps as a result of his zamindar background; he fought for, and became the first lyricist, to get royalties from music companies. He also insisted to be paid a rupee more for each song than Lata Mangeshkar. However, in exchange for this, he was deeply involved in the setting of musical tunes as well as writing the lyrics to go with them - and so produced ... See more »

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