Remembering Abrar Alvi, the illustrious screenwriter and dialogue writer in Hindi films, on his 14th death anniversary (18/11/09).

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2 min readNov 18, 2023

Remembering #AbrarAlvi, the illustrious screenwriter and dialogue writer in Hindi films, on his 14th death anniversary (18/11/09).

He was a key member of Guru Dutt’s team and known for writing films like “Aar-Paar,” “Sahib Bibi Aur Ghulam,” “Kaagaz Ke Phool,” “Pyaasa,” and “Mr. & Mrs. ‘55.” In 1953, while on the set of “Baaz,” he met Guru Dutt. Dutt was struggling with a scene, and he offered a suggestion that impressed Dutt so much that he asked him to write “Aar-Paar.” This led to him becoming a vital part of Dutt’s team.

The films he worked on with Dutt are now considered classics worldwide. He also directed the successful movie “Sahib Bibi Aur Ghulam.” He appeared in a touching three-part documentary about Guru Dutt, reflecting on their work together. This documentary was made by Channel 4 and is included in the DVD extras for “Kaagaz Ke Phool” and “Chaudhvin ka Chand.”

After working with Guru Dutt and a controversy over who really directed “Sahib Bibi Aur Ghulam,” he found it hard to make a mark as a director. But he continued to write screenplays and dialogues for many films, some of which were big hits, like “Professor,” “Prince,” and “Suraj.” He also worked with Rajesh Khanna, writing for “Janta Hawaldar” and doing the screenplay and dialogues for “Begunaah.”

In this photo, Director Abrar Alvi enjoys snacks in the company of #GuruDutt on the sets of the movie Sahib Bibi Aur Ghulam (1962).

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