Dr. Rahi Masoom Raza

  • Writer

Sep 01, 1927  in Ghazipur, Uttar Pradesh, India

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One of the most prominent literary figures in India, Dr. Rahi Masoom Raza was an Indian poet, writer and lyricist who has contributed to the lyrics of the most iconic songs in Bollywood films. Raza, in his illustrious career has won several awards including the three Filmfare Best Dialogue Award for Best Dialogue Award. Born in a typical Muslim family in Uttar Pradesh, Raza after completing his schooling went to Aligarh Muslim University to pursue higher studies and later completed a doctorate in Hindustani Literature.

Having started his career as a script and dialogues writer, apart from writing for films, he is also widely remembered for writing the script and dialogues for Mahabharat, the TV serial, which was based on the epic Hindu mythological book Mahabharata. Some his most popular film credits include Alaap (1977), Karz (1980), Hum Paanch (1980), Disco Dancer (1982), Anokha Rishta (1986), Lamhe (1991), and Aaina (1993).

Amongst his writings, Dr. Raza has written about 10 novels and has written several collections of poetries. One of the most vivid things about his writings is the depiction of the agony and turmoil post the partition of Indian in 1947 and the Hindu-Muslim relationship among the various social groups during that period.