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Rajinder Singh Bedi

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Years active  1933–1984
Died  1984, Mumbai
Role  Writer
Name  Rajinder Bedi

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Full Name  Rajinder Singh Bedi
Born  September 1, 1915 (1915-09-01) Sialkot, Punjab, British India
Occupation  Novelist, playwright, film director, screenwriter,
Awards  1959 Filmfare Best Dialogue Award:Madhumati (1958)1971 Filmfare Best Dialogue Award:Satyakam (1969)1965 Sahitya Akademi Award

Books  I Take this Woman, Ordained by Fate
Children  Narendra Bedi, Rajkumar Bedi
Movies  Dastak, Madhumati, Ek Chadar Maili Si, Garam Coat, Abhimaan
Similar People  Narendra Bedi, Bimal Roy, Rehana Sultan, Hrishikesh Mukherjee, Ritwik Ghatak

Parents  Seva Dai, Hira Singh Bedi

Toote huye khwabon ne shri rajinder singh bedi a tribute on his centenary 2015

Rajinder Singh Bedi (Punjabi: ਰਾਜਿੰਦਰ ਸਿੰਘ ਬੇਦੀ, Urdu: راجندر سنگھ بیدی‎, Hindi: राजिंदर सिंह बेदी ; September 1, 1915 – 1984) was an Urdu writer of the progressive writers' movement and a playwright, who later became a Hindi film director, screenwriter and dialogue writer.


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As a screenwriter and dialogue writer, he is best known for Hrishikesh Mukherjee's films Abhimaan, Anupama and Satyakam; and Bimal Roy's Madhumati. As a director he is known for Dastak (1970), starring Sanjeev Kumar and Rehana Sultan and Phagun (1973), starring Dharmendra, Waheeda Rehman, Jaya Bhaduri and Vijay Arora.

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Bedi is considered one of the leading 20th century progressive writers of Urdu fiction, and one of the most prominent Urdu fiction writers. He is most known for "disturbing" Partition of India tales.

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Dr rajinder singh bedi interviewed by ndtv

Early life

Bedi was born in village Dalleki in Sialkot district, Punjab, now in Pakistan, to Hira Singh Bedi and Seva Dai. He spent his early years in Lahore, where he received his education in Urdu, as it was common to most Punjabi families, though he never graduated from a college.


His first collection of short stories, Daan-O-Daam (The Catch), featuring his prominent story "Garam Coat" (Warm Coat) was published in 1940. In 1942, he published his second collection of short stories, Grehan (The Eclipse).

In 1943, he joined Maheshwari Films, a small Lahore film studio, although after one and half years he returned to All India Radio and was posted to Jammu, where he worked until 1947, and became the Director of Jammu and Kashmir Broadcasting Service. By the time of Partition Rajinder Singh Bedi had published numerous more short stories, and had made a name for himself as a prolific writer. His Urdu novel, Ek Chadar Maili Si, translated into English as I Take This Woman, received the Sahitya Akademi Award in 1965. The book was later translated into Hindi, Kashmiri and Bengali.

His later collections of short stories were Kokh Jali and Apne Dukh Mujhe Dedo and a collection of plays, Saat Khel.


After the partition of India in 1947, he moved to Bombay, and started working with D. D. Kashyap and got his first screen credit for dialogue, in the 1949 film Badi Bahen, although he received greater recognition for his second film Daag, a 1952 film.

In 1954, he joined with Amar Kumar, Balraj Sahni, Geeta Bali and others to create a new company called Cine Cooperative. In 1955, it produced its first film, Garam Coat. Based on Bedi's short story Garam Coat, starring Balraj Sahni and Nirupa Roy, and directed by Aman Kumar, the film gave Bedi the chance to write an entire screenplay.

Their second film, Rangoli (1962), starring Kishore Kumar, Vyjayantimala, and Durga Khote, was also directed by Amar Kumar.

He continued to display his range in dialogue writing styles in many classic Hindi films, starting with Sohrab Modi's Mirza Ghalib (1954), Bimal Roy's Devdas (1955), and Madhumati (1958); Amar Kumar and Hrishikesh Mukherjee's films, Anuradha (1960), Anupama (1966), Satyakam (1969) and Abhimaan (1973).

He made his directorial debut with Hindi classic Dastak (1970), starring Sanjeev Kumar and Rehana Sultan, with music by Madan Mohan, and in the following decade he directed three more films: Phagun (1973), Nawab Sahib (1978) and Aankhin Dekhi (1978).

His novella Ek Chadar Maili Si was made into a film in Pakistan, Mutthi Bhar Chawal (1978) and later in India, as Ek Chadar Maili Si (1986).

His son Narender Bedi was also a film director and the maker of films including Jawani Diwani (1972), Benaam (1974), Rafoo Chakkar (1975), and Sanam Teri Kasam (1982). He died in 1982, a few years after Bedi's wife. Thereafter, Bedi's health consistently deteriorated. He suffered paralysis in 1982 and died in Bombay two years later.

His short story 'Lajwanti' was made into a telefilm, by Neena Gupta in 2006.


In his memory, the Government of Punjab has started a "Rajinder Singh Bedi Award" in the field of Urdu Literature.


  • Ek Chadar Maili Si (1986) – Story
  • Aankhin Dekhi (1978) – Director
  • Mutthi Bhar Chawal (1978) – Story
  • Nawab Sahib (1978) – Director
  • Phagun (1973) – Director, producer
  • Abhimaan (1973) – Dialogue
  • Grahan (1972) – Story
  • Dastak (1970)- Direction, screenwriter
  • Satyakam (1969) – Dialogue
  • Mere Hamdam Mere Dost (1968) – Screenwriter
  • Baharon Ke Sapne (1967) – Dialogue
  • Anupama (1966) – Dialogue
  • Mere Sanam (1965) – Screenwriter, Dialogue
  • Rangoli (1962) – Dialogue, screenwriter
  • Aas Ka Panchhi (1961) – Screenwriter
  • Mem-Didi (1961) - Screenwriter
  • Anuradha (1960) – Dialogue
  • Bombai Ka Baboo (1960) – Dialogue
  • Madhumati (1958)- Dialogue
  • Musafir (1957) _ Dialogue
  • Basant Bahar (1956) – Dialogue
  • Milap (1955) – Dialogue
  • Garam Coat (1955) – Dialogue, screenwriter, producer
  • Devdas (1955) – Dialogue
  • Mirza Ghalib (1954)- Dialogue
  • Daag (1952) – Dialogue
  • Badi Bahen (1949) – Dialogue
  • Films

  • 1959 Filmfare Best Dialogue Award: Madhumati (1958)
  • 1971 Filmfare Best Dialogue Award:Satyakam (1969)
  • Literary awards

  • 1965 Sahitya Akademi Award Urdu :Ek Chadar Maili Si ('I Take This Woman')
  • 1978 Ghalib Award – Urdu Drama.
  • Work on Rajinder Singh Bedi

  • Rajinder Singh Bedi: Shakhsiyat aur Fan by Jagdish Chander Wadhawan, 1999, Educational Publishing House, ISBN 81-87667-00-1. Reference submitted by Dr. Priyanka Puri, Assistant Professor, Miranda House, University of Delhi ( Lt. Sh. Wadhawan's grand daughter).
  • Rajinder Singh Bedi: A Study, by Varis Hussain Alvi. 2006.
  • Rajinder Singh Bedi Sounds and Whispers: Reflections on the Literary Scene, 1984–86, by Abulkhair Kashfi, Syed Abu Ahmad Akif. Asasa Books, 1991. Chapter 25 – "Rajinder Singh Bedi:The Last Pillar Of Modem Urdu Short Story", page 111.
  • Progressive Filmmaker: Films of Rajinder Singh Bedi – Annual of Urdu Studies
  • India Partitioned: The Other Face of Freedom, edited by Mushirul Hasan. New Delhi, Roli Books, 1995
  • Shadow Lives: Writings on Widowhood. Edited by Uma Chakravarti and Preeti Gill. Kali for Women, New Delhi. 2002.
  • References

    Rajinder Singh Bedi Wikipedia