Kaifi Azmi was considered to be one of the greatest poets and lyricist of the twentieth century. Like most of the poets, his journey began as a gazal writer, and eventually with his themes of love and romance he created a remarkable presence as a poet. His lyrical beauty along with the powerful expressions in his songs captivated millions in that era. He wrote for a numerous films such as Kaagaz Ke Phool, Bawarchi, Arth, Pakeezah, Saat Hindustani & not to forget Razia Sultan which are still remembered for their beautiful lyrics even today. Factrichi 100 Varsh pays tribute to this legendary songwriter and lyricist on Sunday, 20th January 2013 at 1:30 pm and 9:30 pm only on IBN-Lokmat.
Born in a family of landlords in a small town of Uttar Pradesh, Azmiji started penning down his poetry at a very tender age of eleven. While studying Persian and Urdu in 1942 Kaifi sahib got involved in the Quit India movement and also accepted membership of Communist Party of India in 1943. Many writers of Lucknow noticed his talent for poetry and were impressed by his leadership quality. Eventually he was applauded as a poet and became the member of Progressive Writers Movement of India. At the age of 24, leaving his comfortable life Kaifiji worked in the textile mill in Kanpur. He eventually moved to Bombay and often travlled to different parts of India. In 1947, he met and fell in love with Shaukat Azmi, who later became a well-known theatre and film actor. Their daughter is reputed Indian actress Shabana Azmi and son Baba Azmi, a cinematographer.
Kaifi Azmi received many awards for his contribution in the filed of Urdu poetry and was also the recipient of the “Padma Shri”. Azmiji managed to retain his idealism which reflects in his poetry. The cinematic world of poetry lost him in 2002 due to multiple cardiac arrests, he remains in the hearts of various poet-lovers. To know more about him, tune in to Factrichi 100 Varsh on Sunday 20th January 2013 at 1:30 pm and 9:30 pm only on IBN-Lokmat.