Did you know that popular Urdu poet and Hindi lyricist Sahir Ludhianvi (8 March 1921 – 25 October 1980) had an unrequited love affair with Punjabi writer and poet Amrita Pritam (August 31, 1919 – October 31, 2005).
It is said that his relationship with Amrita Pritam was so passionate that at one time, while attending a press conference, Amrita wrote his name hundreds of times on a sheet of paper. The two of them would meet without saying a word and Sahir would puff away with his cigarettes, and after he left, Amrita would smoke the cigarette butts left by him. After his death, she hoped the smoke from her cigarettes would meet him in the other world.
Sahir Ludhianvi remained a bachelor all his life.