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Sahir Ludhianvi was a paradoxical man: Javed Akhtar

Known for speaking truth to power through his poetry and his radical attitude when it came to fighting for what was right, Sahir Ludhianvi was an entirely different person in his private life, poet-lyricist Javed Akhtar said here Saturday. He was a very paradoxical man, I can t say a more boring thing about him if I say he was a good man. When he was good he could be good beyond limits and same goes for when he was angry with somebody. It was like a pendulum with him, Akhtar said at a session during the ongoing Jashn-e-Rekhta festival. The poet, who was the only son of a rich landlord, stayed with his mother after her divorce during early childhood and led a life of poverty before becoming a successful poet and lyricist. Akhtar said that it was wrong to think that such a successful poet must have led an easy life considering the suffering he had gone through. Do you think a man who led a relaxed life, the one with money and comfort would name his book talkhiyan (bitterness)? It ..


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