Khwaja Ahmad Abbas

Born7 June 1914
Punjab, Panipat, British In India
ParentsFather- Ghulam-Us-Sibtain, Mother-Masoor Khatoon
Alma MaterHali Muslim High School, Bachelor Of Laws From Aligarh University
OccupationNovelist, Screen Writer, Film Director, Short Story Writer And Journalist.
GenreLiterature, Political Correspondent, Film Opponent
Years Active1935-1987
Notable WorksMera Naam Joker, Saat Hindustani

Introduction – About Khwaja Ahmad Abbas

Khwaja Ahmad Abbas was an INDIAN writer, Producer and director. He was born on 7 June 1914 in Panipat. He wrote approximately twenty books, and he was the first Indian feminist poet and was known as the “Mirza Ghalib Student” a famous poet of Urdu & Persian Language. He was a renowned personality because he had a film production and distribution named Naya Sansar in Bombay. He was also a novelist, screenwriter, short story writer and journalist. He died on 1 June 1987. 

Education And Early Childhood

Khwaja Ahmad Abbas’s grandfather’s name was Khwaja Gulam Abbas, and he was the chief rebels. His father, Gulam-Us-Sibtain, was known as a tutor of princes and businessmen preparing for Unani medicines. Khwaja Ahmad Abbas completed his schooling from –“Hali Muslim High School”-. He completed his matriculation certificate when he was 15th years old and he was instructed to read the Quran. 

After matriculation, he achieved a degree in 1993, a bachelor of arts in “English literature”, and he also completed the degree in a 

“Bachelor Of Law” from Aligarh University. 

Career As Author And Journey Of Khwaja Ahmad Abbas

Additionally, after graduation, he started his career as a “journalist” established in New Delhi. In Aligarh’s opinion, he began study in 1934 in law, and in 1935, Abbas joined as a “political reporter”- in the Bombay Chronicle. After all this journey, he joined the film opponent for a newspaper. In 1936, he took his step towards Bombay talkies as a part-time supporter. Abbas sold his first script writing in 1941, “Naya Sansar”, a production company, and Devika Rani and Himanshu Rai owned that production.

In 1951, Abbas opened his production that is renowned as Naya Sansar Saat Hindustani. He won the Nargis Dutt Award for national integration. In 1947, he wrote a most controversial movie, “Call Girl.” his most outstanding achievement was the winner of his best Bollywood movie, Shehar Or Sapna, which was written in 1964. He got a national film award for this movie. 

Moreover, he was a seasoned writer, writing over 74 Urdu, Hindi & English books. He wrote fictional stories and one of the best is “Inquilab“; it was translated into several languages like Arabic, Russian, Italian, French, And German. He wrote the story Ababeel in 1935, which became an overnight successful story for Abbas. He generally wrote on social-related topics of poverty, hunger, and human suffering, deluge, drought, and exploitation at that time.  

Khwaja Ahmad Abbas wrote the most popular Hindi film “Jagte Raho”, Awaara , Bobby, Henna, Mera Naam Joker And Shri 420.   

Khwaja Ahmad Abbas’s Noteworthy Awards And Accolades

Abbas’s won many awards for his effortless screenplay writing from 1942 to 1980. 

  • 1942- BF JA awards For Best Screenplay- “Naya Sansar”.
  • 1946-Neecha Nagar Win “The Golden Palm” (At Cannes Film Festival): 
  • 1951- Awarded For AWAARA And It Was Nominated for “Palme d’Or” (At the Cannes Film Festival.) 
  • 1956-He Wrote a Scriptwriting for the film “Jagte Raho” And in 1957, Won an Award (At the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival). 
  • 1958-Pardesi Film Was Nominated for- “Palme D’Or” -(In Cannes Film Festival). 
  • 1960- He Won “(All India Certificate Of Merit For The 2nd Best Movie) “Idd Mubarak”.
  • 1964-National Award For “Sheher Aur Sapna” And He Won The “(Maharashtra State Award)” For “Fakira”.    
  • 1965- Won The Award For Hamara Ghar In “(Santa Barbara)”, USA. 
  • 1966- “(16th Berlin International Film Festival)” – For Jury Member. 
  • 1970- At the National Film Awards, He Got “(Nargis Dutt Award)” For Best Feature Film Saat Hindustani. 
  • 1972- At the National Film Awards, He Got the “(Nargis Dutt Award)” for Best Feature Film Do Boond Paani. 

Famous Books and Work of Khwaja Ahmad Abbas

Achievement In Literary

  • In 1969, Khwaja Ahmad got the Haryana state robe of honour for literary achievement. 
  • In 1983, Khwaja Ahmad achieved the Ghalib Award for his contribution to Urdu prose literature.  
  • In 1984, he got the Vorosky Literary Award of the Soviet Union. 
  • In 1985, he received the Maharashtra State Urdu Akademi Award. 

History Of Books Achievement

Abbas wrote 74 books in Hindi, English, and Urdu, presenting some of the popular books. 

Also Read Some Other Authors – 

Books in English 

  • “An Indian Looks at America, Thacker Bombay”- written in 1943
  • “Kashmir Fights for Freedom”- written in 1948.
  • “Till We Reach the Stars” -written In 1961. 
  • “Let India Fight for Freedom, Bombay, Sound Magazine- written in 1943.
  • “The Black Sun & Other Stories”- published in 1963 by Jaico Publishing House.
  • Blood And Stones & Other Stories, Bombay Hindu Kitabs- written in 1947.

Books In Hindi

  • “Raat Ki Baho Mei” -In Hindi, Published In 1965 In Radhakrishna Prakashan.
  • Chabili -In Hindi, Allahabad, Published In Mitra Prakashan, 1968. 
  • “Salma Aur Samundar” -In Urdu & Hindi, in1969 New Delhi Published In Komala Pocket Books. 
  • “Mera Naam Joker” -in hindi ” In 1970. 
  • “Maria”, in 1971 – published in Hind Pocket Books. 
  • “Jawaharlal Nehru” a Portrait Of an Integrated Indian, New Delhi – Published NCERT In 1974. 
  • “FASILAH” In Urdu/Hindi- Published in Hind Pocket Books in Delhi 1974.  

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