Dil Abhi Bhara Nahi – Legacy of Sahir Ludhianvi (Screening)
Sahir Ludhianvi, known as a colossus among film lyricists, is considered by many as one of the foremost Urdu poets of the twentieth century.
In commemoration of his birth centenary in 2021, walk down memory lane with Javed Akhtar as he renders Ludhianvi’s poetry in his own unique and admirable style, sharing memories of his friendship with the poet and celebrating his life and work. Shankar Mahadevan puts his words to music, lending his voice to his famous poems and songs. As one of Sahir’s closest friends, this production is also a touching tribute to their friendship, one wrought by their love for Urdu poetry and their respective accomplishments as poets and lyricists.
Sahir was a poet first, and then a lyricist. He wrote haunting poetry about the harsh realities of life and even his song lyrics reflected the same underlying intelligence and sensitivity. Still, he experimented continuously with his writing. In a career spanning around 30 years, he wrote 718 songs for 111 films. His work deeply impacted Indian cinema and thus he was awarded the Padma Shri in 1971. His untimely death in 1980 left a gaping hole in the world of arts.
Sahir Ludhianvi was an enigmatic, multi-faceted character: Seen as a progressive and revolutionary poet who also wrote some of the most enduring love songs of Hindi cinema, he was also an atheist who created several remarkable devotional songs, an egotist who alienated well-known music directors while standing up for talented newcomers, as well as an idealist who fought for the recognition of lyricists. While he was a difficult man to understand or sympathise with, his endlessly fascinating character never ceased to capture attention.
“Ab ek raat agar kam jeeye, toh kam hi sahi, Yahi bahut hai ki hum mashaaley jalaa ke jeeyein.“Even if I lived a night less, let it be so I lit a spark, at least, while I lived.