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Rahi Masoom Reza
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Rahi Masoom Reza, born in Ghazipur in eastern Uttar Pradesh (India) in a Muslim family, was a famous Urdu shayar. He also won the Filmfare Best Dialogue Award for the hit film Main Tulsi Tere Aangan Ki in 1979. He also wrote in Hindustani and Hindi language. He was also an eminent lyricist of Bollywood.
Rahi Masoom Raza was born in Ghazipur district of Eastern Uttar Pradesh.
He completed his early education in and around Ghazipur from where he went to Aligarh Muslim University to complete his higher studies. Masoom Raza did his doctorate in Hindustani Literature and persuaded his career in literature.
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 serial of India, and its peak Television Rating was around 86%.
Several works of Raza vividly depict the agony and turmoil of the consequences of partition, and its effect on the Hindu-Muslim relationship in the Indian subcontinent, as also the social tension among different social groups of India but above that Raza depicts the life in feudal India and the ordinary happiness, love,emotions, pain, sadness of general people in his master story telling style in which at times he himself is the narrator. For instance, his novel named "Adha Gaon" (divided village/split village) narrates the story of two opposite land lord Muslim families of village Ganguali and there rivalry, life style, concerns, at the time when India was gaining independence, spread with depiction of ordinary life of every character of that novel and their love, romance, hate, vengeance, emotional struggle with every emotion of a ordinary man very clearly and vividly described. The Novel "Adha Gaon" is based on central theme that people whether elite or belonging to general class of both Hindu & Muslims were sharing same land, water and air like brothers with all their human qualities and weaknesses but communal rivalry was not that much prominent then the mutual relationship between the both the communities in United Provinces at the time of Indian Partition. In "Adha Gaon" Raza paints a very colourful picture of 1940's rural India showing interdependence of Muslim & Hindus on each other be it may be in form of relationship between two landlords or relationship between master and servants (right hand man of a Muslim Zamindar is a Hindu and best friend is also a Hindu Zamindar). Theme of novel is that,that before politics tore us away we (Hindu and Muslim)were one nation, Hindustan.
The pop sensation of yesteryears Parvati Khan is his daughter-in-law. She is married to his son Nadeem Khan, director and cinematographer.
The following is an illustrative list of his works in different genres of writings:
§  Novel
§  Adha Gaon (that is, The Divided Village)A Village Divided
§  Dil ek saada kaghaz
§  Topi Shukla
§  Os ki boond
§  Katra Bi arzoo
§  Poetry(books)
§  Mauz-e-ghul mauz-e-saba(Urdu)
§  Ajnabee shahar ajnabee raste(Urdu)
§  Main ek Feriwala(Hindi)
§  Sheeshe ke Makaan Wale(Hindi)
§  Autobiography
§  Chotey aadmi ki badee kahaani (that is, "Big story of a Small man")
§  Movie and TV scripts
§  Neem ka Ped - Novel and TV Serial with same name
§  Kissi Se Na Kehna
§  Main Tulsi Tere Aangan Ki
§  Disco Dancer
§  Mahabharat
§  Movie dialogues
§  Aaina (1993)
§  Parampara (1992)
§  Lamhe (1991)
§  Karz (1980)
§  Judaai (1980)
§  Hum Paanch (1980)
§  Gol Maal (1979)
§  Alaap (1977)
§  Movie Lyrics
§  Alaap (1977)
 Source : Wikipedia
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