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Rahi Masoom Reza (1 September 1927 – 15 March 1992) was an Indian Urdu and Hindi poet and writer and a Bollywood lyricist. He won the Filmfare Best Dialogue Award for the hit film Main Tulsi Tere Aangan Ki in 1979, followed by Mili and Lamhe, which he won posthumously.
Rahi Masoom Reza
|Born||1 September 1927|
Ganguali, United Provinces, British India
|Died||15 March 1992 (aged 64)|
Bombay, Maharashtra, India
|Occupation||Novelist, Urdu poet|
|Notable awards||1979 Filmfare Best Dialogue Award: Main Tulsi Tere Aangan Ki|
|Relatives||Parvati Khan (daughter-in-law)|
Early life and educationEdit
Reza was born in a Muslim family in a village named Gangauli, located in Ghazipur district of Uttar Pradesh, one of the most populous state in Northern India. He was the younger brother of educationist Moonis Raza and scholar Mehdi Raza. 
Raza completed his early education in and around Ghazipur, from where he went to Aligarh Muslim University to complete higher studies. His studies and life revolved around Muslim theology. He completed a doctorate in Hindustani Literature and pursued a career in literature. He wrote novels under the pseudonym, Shahid Akhtar, for an Urdu magazine Rumani Duniya from Allahabad. He then went on to become a Lecturer in Urdu at Aligarh Muslim University before moving to Bombay (now Mumbai). 
He wrote the script and dialogues for a TV serial, Mahabharat. The TV serial was based on the epic, the Mahabharata. The serial became a popular TV serial in India, with a peak television rating of around 86%.
His works include:
- Chotey aadmi ki badee kahaani ("Big Story of a Small Man")
- Movie and TV scripts
- Movie dialogues
- Movie Lyrics
- "लेखक परिचय" (PDF). संचयन भाग 2 (in Hindi). New Delhi: NCERT. p. 47. ISBN 81-7450-665-9.
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- Hasan, Mushirul (1997). Legacy of a Divided Nation: India's Muslims Since Independence. C. Hurst & Co. Publishers. p. 159. ISBN 978-1-85065-304-2.
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- "राही मासूम रज़ा : मेरे बिना किस हाल में होगा, कैसा होगा चाँद". Archived from the original on 9 November 2017. Retrieved 16 February 2018.