Rahi Masoom Raza was born in Ghazipur, Uttar Pradesh. After completing his primary education in Ghazipur, he attended Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) for his higher studies.
After getting a doctorate in Hindustani literature from AMU, he started his career as an Urdu poet and went on to become a writer penning several novels like “Neem Ka Ped” and “Topi Shukla” based on themes like the plight of the lower caste, Partition and the relationship between the Hindu and Muslim communities.
In the 1960s and 70s, Dr. Raza became a prolific writer for Hindi films, contributing dialogues, screenplay as well as song lyrics. In 1979, he won the Filmfare Best Dialogue Award for his work in the blockbuster movie “Main Tulsi Tere Aangan Ki”.
The highlight of his career was his contribution to the script and dialogues of the immensely popular TV serial “Mahabharat” that ran from 1988 to 1990. He was married to actress Nimmi. Dr. Raza passed away on November 2, 2007 in Mumbai.