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A biopic on Punjabi poet Batalvi

Legendary Punjabi poet Shiv Kumar Batalvi will be immortalised on the big screen in a biopic to be produced by filmmaker Sunil Bohra. The lyrics of Batalvi’s famous poem, Ajj Din Chadeya Tere Rang Varga, were used in a song in actor-producer Saif Ali Khan’s film, Love Aaj Kal (2009).

bollywood Updated: Mar 29, 2012 02:10 IST

Legendary Punjabi poet Shiv Kumar Batalvi will be immortalised on the big screen in a biopic to be produced by filmmaker Sunil Bohra. The lyrics of Batalvi’s famous poem, Ajj Din Chadeya Tere Rang Varga, were used in a song in actor-producer Saif Ali Khan’s film, Love Aaj Kal (2009).

The film will revolve around the poet’s troubled love life and will be helmed by Mudassar Aziz. Casting for the film is yet to take place. “Batalvi’s poems have been an inspiration for many and Batalvi Sahab is loved across borders, in India as well as Pakistan. He was one of the most romantic poets and what can be a bigger tribute than a film on his own love story that ended tragically though,” said Bohra.

Batalvi was the youngest recipient of Sahitya Akademy Award for his epic verse play, Loona. After he couldn’t marry the girl he loved deeply, he took to alcoholism. Later, he married another girl chosen by his family, who he thought resembled his love. Batalvi died due to chronic alcoholism at 35.