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Sahir Ludhianvi's handwritten letters, diaries, poems found in scrap

The poet and lyricist's personal diaries and letters were discovered at a scrap dealer's in Mumbai. They have now been purchased by Shivendra Singh Dungarpur's Film Heritage Foundation.

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In a scene reminiscent of Guru Dutt's Pyaasa (1957), Shivendra Singh Dungarpur's Film Heritage Foundation has discovered, and purchased, poet-lyricist Sahir Ludhianvi's handwritten letters, poems and notes from his diaries at a scrap dealer's in Mumbai. The foundation put out the news in a tweet on Sunday. 

In a comment to the Press Trust of India, Shivendra Singh Dungarpur said, "The diaries found have details of his daily routines like where he would be going for a song recording and other personal life happenings. Then there are several poems and notes. The notes are related to his publishing house Parchaian [Shadows]." 

The foundation reportedly purchased the entire collection for Rs3,000, and now aims to preserve and exhibit these items in its archive. 

Remarking on the similarity of the incident with the film Pyaasa (1957), Dungarpur said, "This is reminiscent of a scene from Guru Dutt’s Pyaasa where the protagonist’s poems and writings are found at a scrap shop." 

The film, directed by Guru Dutt, is known for Sahir's hard-hitting poems 'Jinhe Naaz Hai Hind Par', 'Jaane Woh Kaise Log The' and 'Yeh Duniya Agar Mil Bhi Jaye'.