Shakeel Badayuni's 100th birth anniversary: The poetic proponent of India's 'Ganga-Jamuni' culture
August 3, 2016 12:32 IST
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Among the boldest lines in Hindi film songs from a landmark epic where an imperial courtesan, who has already dared the monarch with her declaration of loving without fear, goes on to question curbs on women -- remember the bewitchingly defiant Madhubala ask "Parda nahi jab koi Khuda se, bandon se parda karna kya?" It comes from no radical revolutionary but an unassuming, independent-minded poet who portrayed all phases of human condition besides celebrating India's diversity.