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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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 1990 Agneepath (playback singer: "Raat Bhi Hai Kuch Bheegi Bheegi" - uncredited)
 1982 Lakshmi (lyricist)
 1982 Deedar-E-Yaar (lyricist)
 1981 Dhanwan (lyricist)
 1980 Insaf Ka Tarazu (lyricist)
 1980 Chambal Ki Kasam (lyricist)
 1980 The Burning Train (lyricist)
 1979 Kaala Patthar (lyricist)
 1978 Trishul (lyricist)
 1977 Amaanat (lyricist)
 1976 Shankar Shambhu (lyricist - as Sahir)
 1976 Kabhie Kabhie (lyricist - as Sahir)
 1975 Ek Mahal Ho Sapno Ka (lyricist)
 1975 Zameer (lyricist)
 1975 Deewaar (lyricist)
 1974 36 Ghante (lyricist - as Sahir)
 1973 Mehmaan (lyricist)
 1973 Aa Gale Lag Jaa (lyricist - as Sahir)
 1973 Joshila (lyricist)
 1973 Daag: A Poem of Love (lyricist: songs)
 1973 Dhund (lyricist)
 1972 Bhai Ho To Aisa (lyricist - as Sahir)
 1972 Dastaan (lyricist)
 1971 Chingari (lyricist)
 1970 Man Ki Aankhen (lyricist)
 1970 Naya Raasta (lyricist)
 1969 Aadmi Aur Insaan (lyricist)
 1969 Nannha Farishta (lyricist)
 1969 Paisa Ya Pyar (lyricist)
 1968 Ankhen (lyrics - as Sahir)
 1968 Izzat (lyricist)
 1968 Vaasna (lyricist - as Sahir)
 1968 Neel Kamal (lyricist)
 1968 Do Kaliyaan (lyricist)
 1967 Bahu Begum (lyricist)
 1967 Hamraaz (lyricist)
 1965 Bahu Beti (lyricist)
 1965 Kaajal (lyricist)
 1965 Waqt (lyrics - as Sahir)
 1964 Chitralekha (lyricist - as Sahir)
 1964 Gazal (lyricist)
 1963 Bahurani (lyricist)
 1963 Dil Hi To Hai (lyricist)
 1963 Mujhe Jeene Do (lyricist - as Sahir)
 1963 Pyar Ka Bandhan (lyricist - as Sahir)
 1963 Taj Mahal (lyricist)
 1963 Aaj Aur Kal (lyricist - as Sahir)
 1961 Dharmputra (lyricist)
 1961 Hum Dono (lyricist)
 1960 Barsaat Ki Raat (lyrics)
 1960 Hum Hindustani (lyrics)
 1959 Char Dil Char Rahen (lyricist: songs)
 1959 Dhool Ka Phool (lyricist)
 1959 Didi (lyricist)
 1958 12 O'Clock (lyricist)
 1958 Phir Subha Hogi (lyricist - uncredited)
 1958 Sadhna (lyricist - as Sahir)
 1958 Sone Ki Chidiya (lyricist)
 1957 Naya Daur (lyricist)
 1957 Pyaasa (lyrics)
 1955 House No. 44 (lyricist)
 1955 Marine Drive (lyricist)
 1955 Milap (lyricist)
 1955 Munimji (lyricist)
 1955 Railway Platform (lyrics)
 1955 Devdas (lyricist)
 1954 Taxi Driver (lyricist)
 1953 Alif-Laila (lyricist)
 1953 Jeewan Jyoti (lyricist)
 1951 Baazi (lyricist)
 1951 Naujawan (lyricist)
 1951 Sazaa (lyrics)
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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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