There are several reasons for calling Sahir Ludhianvi’s poetry timeless and classic. Who can forget “Chalo ek baar phir se ajnabi ban jayen hum dono” — unforgettable lyrics written by Sahir for Gumrah. Or several other songs penned by him like the romantic song for Dev Anand’s Hum Dono — “Abhi na jaao chhod kar ke dil abhi bhara nahin” — which became immortal for its words.
Combined with rhythm, melody and rendered by beautiful voices, Sahir’s lyrics became some of the most powerful expressions of our times. Remember Pyaasa song — “Yeh mahlon yeh takhton yeh tajjon ki duniya” — which won Sahir universal acclaim.
Though most might remember Sahir Ludhianvi because of his work in cinema, he was no prisoner of the medium. He sustained his body from it; his soul found solace from his non-film works. His best nazms lay beyond films. His words transcended generations. Sahir Ludhianvi was no ‘Pal Do Pal Ka Shayar’.
A good poem beautifies and innovates language itself. So did Sahir’s poetry which was an asset to our lives.