Sahir Ludhianvi : A Feminist Singer

Sahir Ludhianvi: A Feminist Singer
Sahir Ludhianvi: A Feminist Singer

Sahir Ludhianvi: A Feminist Singer

Love is not enough for me still … So tell me whether I love you or not

There is a very simple song from the 1958 movie ‘Golden Bird’. But there is depth in these simple words. In a society and film world where a woman’s ‘yes’ has no special meaning. There, in the 1950s, the singer-songwriter gave the will to women in the world of relationships the status quo that continues to this day.

Today, Monday, is Sahir Ludhianvi’s 100th birthday. But the issue of ‘consent’ or ‘no means no’ raised by the upcoming film ‘Pink’ a few years back has been guided by sorcerers in their songs years ago.
In 1958, for the film ‘Sone Ki Chadia’ written by the well-known novelist Ismat Chughtai, Sahir Ludhianvi had said the same thing of ‘consent’ in his song. For example:

Love is not just mine but still

So tell me whether I love you or not

Here the hero puts the matter of his heart in front of him, but he also asks permission from his beloved for it.
Six similar magicians write in the film ‘Scales of Justice’:

Thousands of dreams will come true

But the condition is that you say yes to the smile

Speaking of personal life, it is said that the sorcerer had a confused nature. They had thousands of features and some complications.

But apart from the discussion of personal life, if we talk about a poet and a songwriter, Sahir can be included in the list of feminist writers.

Coincidentally, Sahir was born on March 8 on Women’s Day. Listening to the poetry and songs of the magician, it seems as if he understood the heart of a woman to such an extent that while writing songs, I become a woman myself.

From a sex worker to a mother and girlfriend, he has told the story of a woman from every angle.

It was the sorcerer who dared to write in favor of the dancer in the moral controversy between a dancer / sex worker (Meena Kumari) and a yogi (Ashok Kumar) in the film ‘Chitra Lekha’:

‘You run away from the world, what will you get from God?

You will not be able to adopt this world, you will regret in this world too.

Not only this, the dancer also challenges the yogi and asks:

This bhog is also a penance. You know what to do with renunciation

Insult will be of the creator, if you reject the creation

He was also the magician who wrote a Vishnu hymn for a sex worker (Waheeda Rehman) in the movie ‘Piyasa’:

Put on your face today …

The sensitivity seen in the sorcerer’s songs about women may be related to their past.
As a child, Sahir’s mother raised him in a difficult situation alone, away from his father’s shadow, with strength and bravery.

This is reflected in the song from the 1978 film ‘Tri Shol’ where Waheeda Rehman is shown raising her son (Amitabh) alone while working as a laborer. And this song is not about weakness or helplessness, but about anger and courage.

I will not let you grow in the shadow of mercy

I will let life burn in the hot sun

So that the cannons become steel, become the offspring of the mother

As a child, Sahir witnessed fights between parents. His father was charged with assaulting and abusing his mother and was prosecuted.

The effect of all these events can be seen in all the writings of the magician where when it comes to women’s rights, it is a matter of her heart.

This ideology is seen not only in the songs of oppression and pain but also in many other forms of love.

A woman is often slandered or slandered when she breaks up, while the sorcerer’s hero is seen singing after his girlfriend leaves:

If introduction becomes a disease, it is better to forget it

If the relationship becomes a burden, it is better to break it

A myth that cannot be brought to an end

It’s good to leave it at that

Let’s be strangers again

Not all the songs that Sahir wrote for the heroes of his films, but many of the songs seem to be linked to the woman’s point of view. It is not about women being inferior, it is about being stronger and stronger.

For example, when Asha Parikh is disturbed by life in the movie Naya Rasta, the hero Jitendra Sahir sings this song:

Wipe away the tears from your eyes, smile then something happens

Nothing will happen if you bow your head. If you raise your head, something will happen

The sorcerer’s ideology does not change even in the mischief and mischief of love.

In the song of the 1968 film ‘Vasna’, Hero Biswajit bows to his girlfriend and says: ‘Don’t be so delicate’

This is the new age to live in this age

Beauty has to change its style of beauty.

In real life, the sorcerer’s name was once associated with writer Amrita Pritam and later with singer Sadha Malhotra. Akshay Manwani has written a book on him and he has also mentioned his college days where he had a girlfriend who passed away.
Despite many love relationships, the sorcerer was left alone in the eyes of the world because he was not married. Relationships must have had their own confusions, but while writing, he wrote his love for the woman on a piece of paper in the same velvety and soft manner as if he knew what was going on in the woman’s heart.

And who has been able to present age-old love with such pomp and beauty as Bilraj Sahni sings for his wife in the movie ‘Waqt’:

‘You don’t know my Zahra Jabeen

So still Hussein and I live

Rana Safavi writes in her blog that she used to visit many brothels in Lahore to get a closer look at the conditions of the women working there.

As the magician writes in his poem ‘Chaklale’ (room):

‘These coaches, this auction house, of charm, of this looted caravan of life

Where are the bodyguards?

Where is Sana Khan Taqdis Mashreq?

That is to say, with reference to the honor and dignity of women, he writes about where are the people who call themselves their guardians and who (compared to the West) appreciate the culture of the East.

The magician used this poem in Guru Dutt’s film ‘Piyasa’ as follows:

These coaches, this auction house, of charm, this looting caravan of life

Where are the bodyguards?

Where are those who are proud of India?

In this song ‘Piyasa’, Sahir challenges the post-independence era of the rulers of that era who promised a new India. But he does not forget to say about the plight of women:

This Eve’s daughter wants help

Homosexual of Yashoda, daughter of Radha

Where are those who are proud of India?

Just call the leaders of the country

These streets, these streets, show this scene

Where are those who are proud of India?

Sahir was one of the artists who valued the greatness of women in his compositions and became their voice.
In the 1958 film ‘Sadhna’, Champa, who is disturbed by the oppression of the society, accuses the world of being a brothel, so the magician wrote for Champa:

Woman gave birth to men, men gave it to the market

He crushed the problem whenever he wanted and pushed it away whenever he wanted

There are many forms of sorcerer. Sahir Ludhianvi is a poet of the people, he is a revolutionary poet, he is a romantic poet and he is also a poet of courage and hope.

Sahir Ludhianvi is a poet of hearts, which can be seen in the song of the movie ‘Kabhi Kabhi’ where Rakhi in the bride’s dress sings ‘Kabhi Kabhi Mere Dil Mein Khial Aata’.

But beyond that, Sahir Ludhianvi is also a poet who understands the minds and hearts of women and puts the voice of their hearts into words.

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