Khwaja Ahmad Abbas-Biography and works in Bollywood

Khwaja Ahmad Abbas was the man to introduce Amitabh Bachchan to Bollywood Cinema. He was the man to write the script of evergreen Raj Kapoor classic Shree 420 and Awaara.

Khwaja Ahmad Abbas-Biography and works in Bollywood
Khwaja Ahmad Abbas was the man to introduce Amitabh Bachchan to Bollywood Cinema. He was the man to write the script of evergreen Raj Kapoor classic Shree 420 and Awaara. Join CalcuttaTube in an Exclusibe tribute to the legendary filmmaker whose contribution towards Indian Cinema can not be measured by number of words in this article.

Khwaja Ahmad Abbas-Script writer of Shree 420 movie
Khwaja Ahmad Abbas-Script writer of Shree 420 movie

Grandson of poet Hali, K A Abbas was a filmmaker, scriptwriter, journalist, film critic, producer, literary personna. Abbas graduated from Aligarh Muslim University in 1933 and later earned his degree in law in 1935. Abbas wrote film critisism for Bombay Chronicle. Abbas’s first screenplay was for the film Naya Sansar in 1941. He is also known as Khwaja Ahmad Abbas / K.A. Abbas / K.B. Abbas.

Born: 7 June, 1914; Panipat, Haryana
Died: 1 June, 1987; Bombay, Maharashtra

Abbas’s debut film as director and producer was Dhart Ke Lal (1946), based on the play Nabanna by Bijon Bhattacharya on the backdrops of Bengal famine of 1943. He will be remembered for the screenplay for Awara (1951), Shree 420 (1955), Jagte Raho (1956), Mera Naam Joker (1970), Bobby (1973). It was in Abbas’s film Saat Hindustani (1969) that Amitabh Bachchan made his debut as an actor.

Abbas with many eminent film personalities of many generations and his works have been made into films acted by verious actors including Balraj Sahani (Dharti Ke Lal, Rahi, Satta Bazar, Pardesi), Shanntaram (Dr. Kotnis Ki Amar Kahani), Raj Kapoor (Shree 420, Aawara, Jagte Raho, Mera Naam Joker), Nargis (Aawara, Shree 420), Ashok Kumar (Naya Sansar, 1941; Love In Goa, 1983), Meena Kumari (Char Dil Char Rahein), Chetan Anand (Neecha Nagar), Shabana Azmi (Faslah, Ek Admi), Parikshit Sahani (Ek Admi), Rishi Kapoor (Bobby) and many more. He has been as a member of the jury at the Berlin International Film Festival in 1966.

Documentary films:

  • Hindustan Eid Mubarak (1960),
  • Gir Game Sanctuary (1961),
  • Teen Ghaaranay (1963),
  • Bharat Katha (1965),
  • Tomorrow Shall Be Better (1965)
  • Char Shaher Ek Kahani (1968)
  • Juhu (1973)
  • Kal Ki Baat (1973)
  • Bharat Darshan (1972 )
  • Dharti Ki Pukar (1967)
  • Dr. Iqbal (1978)
  • Phir Bolo Aaye Sant Kabir (1976)
  • Papa Miya of Aligarh (1975)
  • Hindustan Hamara (1983)
Directorial Ventures
  • Ek Aadmi (1988)
  • Nanga Fakir (1984 TV movie)
  • The Naxalites (1980)
  • Faslah (1974)
  • Lav Kush (1972 short)
  • Do Boon Pani (1971)
  • Saat Hindustani (1969)
  • Bombai Raat Ke Bahon Mein (1968)
  • Aasmaan Mahal (1965)
  • Hamara Ghar (1964)
  • Shehar Aur Sapna (1963)
  • Gyarah Hazaar Ladkiyan (1962)
  • Char Dil Char Raahein (1959)
  • Pardesi (1957)
  • Munna (1954)
  • Rahi (1953)
  • Anhonee (1952)
  • Aaj Aur Kal (1947)
  • Dharti Ke Lal (1946)
Story / Screenplay
  • Henna (1991) – (story)
  • Akanksha (1989 TV movie) – (dialogue) (as Late K.A. Abbas) (screenplay) (as Late K.A. Abbas)
  • Love in Goa (1983) – (dialogue)
  • Faslah (1974) – (story, screenplay, dialogue)
  • Bobby (1973) – (screenplay, story)
  • Achanak (1973) – (story)
  • Zindagi Zindagi (1972) – (writer)
  • Do Boon Pani (1971) – (screenplay)
  • The Vagabond (1970) – (screenplay “Awaara”)
  • Mera Naam Joker (1970) – (dialogue, screenplay, story)
  • Saat Hindustani (1969) – (dialogue, screenplay, story)
  • Bombai Raat Ke Bahon Mein (1968) – (screenplay)
  • Sapnon Ka Saudagar (1968) – (dialogue, screenplay
  • Avare (1964) – (screenplay “Awaara”) (uncredited)
  • Shehar Aur Sapna (1963) – (screenplay)
  • Char Dil Char Raahein (1959) – (dialogue, screenplay)
  • Naya Sansar (1959) – (writer)
  • Satta Bazaar (1959) – (writer)
  • Pardesi (1957) – (writer)
  • Jagte Raho (1956) – (dialogue)
  • Shree 420 (1955) – (screenplay, story & dialogues)
  • Munna (1954) – (writer)
  • Anhonee (1952) – (dialogue, screenplay, story)
  • Awaara (1951) – (dialogue, screenplay, story)
  • Neecha Nagar (1946) – (writer)
  • Dharti Ke Lal (1946) – (writer)
  • Dr. Kotnis Ki Amar Kahani (1946) – (screenplay) (story “And One Did Not Come Back”)
  • Naya Sansar (1941) – (screenpla, story)
Production Ventures
  • Faslah (1974)
  • Saat Hindustani (1969)
  • Bombai Raat Ke Bahon Mein (1968)
  • Munna (1954)
  • Anhonee (1952)
  • Dharti Ke Lal (1946)
Cannes Film Festival 1958
•      Nominated, Golden Palm  for Pardesi (1957); Shared With: Vasili Pronin

Filmfare Awards1965
•      Nominated, Filmfare Award: Best Director for Shehar Aur Sapna (1963)
•      Nominated, Filmfare Award: Best Story for Shehar Aur Sapna (1963)

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