17 January, 2021

Shaukat Kaifi

Her autobiography Yaad Ki Rahguzar is an exploration of love for theatre and her husband Kaifi Azmi

Shaukat Kaifi
You began writing this book in the '70s....
I'd began writing it when Kaifi was alive. When he passed away, I lost heart completely but Javed, my son-in-law, egged me on to finish it, so I did.

Tell us about how you met Kaifi saab?
My sister had invited him and other poets. I too went there. He was terribly attractive and I was fascinated by the nazm he read. I wanted his autograph. That's how it started.

Your book talks about the financial difficulties you both faced.
He got Rs 45 from which Rs 30 was for food and the remaining for his expenses. To accommodate me, he started writing a poem a day for Rs 5. This way we made an extra Rs 150 a month. But we were so much in love that it seemed very minor.

You've devoted a lot of space to Prithviraj Kapoor and your days at Prithvi Theatre.
He was large-hearted man. He paid me Rs 100 but made up for it with his loving care.

Shabana, your daughter, is essaying your role in the remake of Umrao Jaan.
Yes, but our styles are very different—she's a trained...


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