Rahi Masoom Raza

Rahi Masoom Reza (1 August 1927 – 15 March 1992), born in Gangauli, Ghazipur, Uttar Pradesh, India, was an Urdu and Hindi poet and writer and a Bollywood lyricist.[1] 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(1927-08-01)1 August 1927
Ghazipur, United Provinces, British India
Died15 March 1992(1992-03-15) (aged 64)
Bombay, Maharashtra, India
OccupationNovelist, Urdu poet
Notable awards1979 Filmfare Best Dialogue Award: Main Tulsi Tere Aangan Ki
Years active1945–1992


Early life and educationEdit

Reza was born in a Muslim family in a village named Gangauli,[2] located in Ghazipur district of Uttar Pradesh, the most populous state in Northern India. He was the younger brother of educationist Moonis Raza and scholar Mehdi Raza. [3]

Raza completed his early education in and around Ghazipur, from where he went to Aligarh Muslim University to complete higher studies. He completed a doctorate in Hindustani Literature and pursued a career in literature.[4][1] 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). [5]

Literary careerEdit

He wrote the script and dialogues for a TV serial, Mahabharat. The TV serial was based on the epic, the Mahabharata.[1] The serial became one of the most popular TV serials of India, with a peak television rating of around 86%.[6]


His works include:


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l "लेखक परिचय" (PDF). संचयन भाग 2 (in Hindi). New Delhi: NCERT. p. 47. ISBN 81-7450-665-9.
  2. ^ Chishti, Seema (30 April 2007). "It's 1947 still in Dr. Rahi Masoom Reza's Aadha Gaon". Indian Express. Retrieved 11 December 2013.
  3. ^ "Noted Scholar Prof Mehdi Raza Dead". Outlook (Indian magazine).
  4. ^ 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.
  5. ^ "Oh, For an Original Story : Review of Scene 75". Book Review India.
  6. ^ Manwani, Akshay (1 April 2013). "The Show of Shows Producing India's greatest television show ever". Caravan. Archived from the original on 14 December 2013. Retrieved 11 December 2013.
  7. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 9 November 2017. Retrieved 16 February 2018.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)

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