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Late in his life, people who knew him say, the poet became moody and suspicious. He fought for, and became, the first lyricist to get royalties from music companies. Sahir insisted on writing the songs before the song was composed, against the Bollywood norm. However, some of his songs were written after the tunes were ready. For example, मांग के साथ तुम्हारा (Naya Daur 1957 – music by O.P. Nayyar). At the height of his popularity, Sahir is said to have demanded a rupee more for his songs than what was paid to Lata Mangeshkar for singing them. It was on Sahir's insistence that All India Radio began crediting lyricists along with singers and music composers for songs it aired.