Famous Urdu poet and filmmaker Saifuddin Saif is remembered on his death anniversary, today (July 12). Saifuddin Saif was born in Amritsar, in 1922. His poetry evolved and he wrote some very powerful poems during his college days. He was already inclined towards film writing, but the films for which he had written lyrics before the partition, were not released due to the unfavorable conditions in the subcontinent.
First film he did after Partition was Hichkoley, in 1949. Amanat (1950) and Naveli (1952) were his earliest films, but the true flourish in his career came in 1953, when his songs in Ghulam, Mehbooba became hits. Saifuddin Saif launched his own film making called Rehnuma Films in 1954. He scripted and presented a film, Raat Kee Baat, on this banner, which flopped miserably, but his next movie, in 1957, titled Saat Lakh, literally minted money, as its name and script suggested.
In 1959, Saif came up with another pearl, which was the film, Kartar Singh. He had written its sterling script and dialogues, and also directed it with a perfect vision. Saif compiled his poetry collection, Kham-e-Kakul, which is full of brilliant ghazals and poems. Saifuddin Saif died on July 12, 1993, at the age 72.
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17 July, 2019