Kaif Bhopali was an Indian Urdu poet and lyricist.
He penned lyrics for many Bollywood films including Pakeezah (1972) and Razia Sultan.
Kaif Bhopali’s style of poetry was very simple.
In basic Urdu words, he could say meaningful deep things. A quick example of this style can be seen in his famous couplet:
kaun aaega yahan koi na aaya hoga
mera darwaza hawaon ne hilaya hoga
Nawed Akhter, an independent Documentary Film-maker from Gurgaon, had the rare opportunity to spend some of his childhood days around Kaif Bhopali.
Watch our exclusive conversation with where Nawed as explains his own fascination with Kaif Bhopali’s poetry.
Do focus on the subtle details about Kaif Sahab’s personality.
Here is a very famous Ghazal by Kaif Bhopali:
Dagh duniya ne diye zakhm zamane se mile
Hum ko tohfe ye tumhein dost banane se mile
Hum taraste hi taraste hi taraste hi rahe
Wo falane se falane se falane se mile
Khud se mil jate to chahat ka bharam rah jata
kya mile aap jo logon ke milane se mile
Man ki aaghosh mein kal maut ki aaghosh mein aaj
Hum ko duniya mein ye do waqt suhane se mile
Kabhi likhwane gae khat kabhi padhwane gae
Hum hasinon se isi hile bahane se mile
Ek naya zakhm mila ek nai umr mili
Jab kisi shahr mein kuchh yar purane se mile
Ek hum hi nahin phirte hain liye qissa-e-gham
Un ke khamosh labon par bhi fasane se mile
Kaise manen ki unhen bhul gaya tu ai ‘kaif’
Un ke khat aaj hamein tere sirhane se mile