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Kaifi Azmi Biography, Age, Death, Wife, Children, Family, Caste, Wiki & More

Updated On : January 16, 2020

Short Biography

Kaifi Azmi was born on 14-01-1919 in Mijwan, Azamgarh in the state of Uttar Pradesh, India. He was an Indian Poet, Writer, Songwriter & Lyricist.

Other Name: Sayyid Athar Hussein Rizvi
Other Professions: Writer Songwriter Lyricist
Appearance: Urdu Bollywood

Kaifi Azmi Complete Bio & Career

Kaifi Azmi’s actual name was Athar Hussein Rizvi. He was a renowned Indian poet and the one who is still remembered for bringing Urdu literature in Indian motion pictures. He started writing ghazals from a very young age and the first ghazal that he wrote was Itna To Zindagi Mein Kisi Ki Khalal Pade. Post that, he was invited in a mushaira over there. The organizers were very much impressed with his ghazals and in the later stage of his career, he collaborated with Pirzada Qasim, and Jaun Elia participated in some of the most famous mushairas of the 20th century.
He joined Communist party in 1943 and started writing socially conscious poetries. His first collection of poems Jhankar published in the year 1943.  Some of his most famous poetries include Aakhir-e-Shab, Awaara Sajde, Kaifiyaat,  Sarmaya, and Nai Gulistan among various others.   
In addition to poetries, he also branched out to films as well. He started off by writing the lyrics of the film Buzdil which released in the year 1951. He then turned writer and wrote stories of some of the most famous films of the golden era which includes films like Yahudi Ki Beti, Miss Punjab Mail, and Parvin among others. His written film Heer Ranjha was arguably the biggest hit of his career. In addition to lyricist and writer, he also tried his hands at acting and one of his most memorable roles include Naseem’s grandfather in the famous film Naseem which released in the year 1995. He was also the subject of Raman Kumar’s documentary film titled Diksha which released in the year 2015.
For his contribution, he was felicitated with various awards such as Padma Shri, Sahitya Akademi Award for Urdu, Lotus Award from the Afro-Asian Writers' Association among various others. He was honored with a Google Doodle on his 101th birth anniversary on 14-01-2020.

Honours & Awards

Padma Shri Civilian Award 1974 Literature and Education

Health Issues, Illness and Death Info

He died on 10-05-2002 in Mumbai, India at the age of 83.

DEATHDAY 10 May,2002 (Wednesday)
DEATH PLACE Mumbai, Maharashtra

Kaifi Azmi Family, Relatives and Other Relations

He was married to Shaukhat Azmi. Together the couple had a daughter named Shabana Azmi and a son named Baba Azmi. Veteran lricist Javed Akhtar was his son-in-law. Actress Tanvi Azmi was his daughter in law.

Life's Important Dates Of Kaifi Azmi

Body Measurements

Skin Colour Wheatish
Eye Colour Black
Hair Colour White

Personal Info

Home Town Azamgarh
Nationality Indian
Religion Islam
Address Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
School N/A
College N/A
Qualification N/A
Hobbies Reading and Writing
Marital Status Married
Debut As a Lyricist - Buzdil (1951)
As a Wriiter - Yahudi Ki Beti (1956)
As an Actor - Naseem (1995)
Best Movies Saat Hindustani (1969), Heer Raanjha (1970), Manthan (1976), Arth (1982), and Naseem (1995) among others
Salary N/A
Net Worth N/A
Official Website http://www.azmikaifi.com/


Favorite Color Green and White
Favorite Sport Hockey
Favorite Food Biryani

Shocking / Interesting Facts & Secrets About Kaifi Azmi

  • He won the National Film Award for Best Lyrics for the film Saat Hindustani in the year 1970.
  • A street in Hyderabad is named after him as Kaifi Azmi road.
  • He was conferred the first Millennium Award by the Government of Delhi and the Delhi Urdu Academy in the year 2000.
  • A train named "Kaifiyat Express" which runs from his hometown Azamgarh to Old Delhi has been started by the government of India.

Kaifi Azmi Age, Birthday Facts and Birthday Countdown

Kaifi Azmi was 83 years 3 months & 27 days old age.