Rahi Masoom Raza

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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 awards 1979 Filmfare Best Dialogue Award: Main Tulsi Tere Aangan Ki
Years active1945–1992

Rahi Masoom Raza (1 August 1927 – 15 March 1992), born in Ghazipur, Uttar Pradesh, India, was an Urdu poet. 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. He also wrote in Hindustani and Hindi language and was a lyricist of Bollywood.

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Early life and education

Rahi Masoom Raza was born in a Muslim family in a village named Gangauli, [1] located in district of Uttar Pradesh, the most populous state in Northern India. 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. [2]

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Literary career

He wrote the script and dialogues for a popular TV serial, Mahabharat . The TV serial was based on the epic, the Mahabharata. The serial became one of the most popular TV serials of India, with a peak television rating around 86%. [3]

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