Rajinder Singh Bedi Wiki, Age, Death, Wife, Family, Biography & More

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Rajinder Singh Bedi (1915-1984) was an Indian novelist, radio broadcaster, screenwriter, playwright, producer, and filmmaker. Some of his well-known work as a screenwriter includes films like Anupama (1966), Satyakam (1969), and Abhimaan (1973).

Wiki/Biography

Rajinder Singh Bedi was born on Wednesday, 1 September 1915 (age 69 years; at the time of death) in Dhallewali, Sialkot, Punjab Province, British India (now in Punjab, Pakistan). His zodiac sign is Virgo. He received an early education from a school in Lahore Cantonment, Punjab, Pakistan, where he studied till fourth class. He later joined S.B.B.S. Khalsa Senior Secondary School, Basiala, Punjab, where he passed with a first division in the matriculation examination in 1931. After that, he enrolled in DAV College but couldn’t complete graduation as his mother passed away from tuberculosis. In 1933, he joined the Sadar Bazar Post Office, Lahore, as a clerk.

Family

Rajinder Singh Bedi belonged to a Khatri Sikh family in Punjab. [1]The Digital South Asia Library

Parents & Siblings

Rajinder Singh Bedi’s father’s name is Hira Singh Bedi. He was a postmaster of Sadar Bazar Post Office, Lahore. His mother’s name is Seva Dai. He had two younger brothers and a sister. One of his brothers worked as an IAS officer and the other brother was in the army.

Rajinder Singh Bedi with his two brothers and sister

Rajinder Singh Bedi with his two brothers and sister

Wife & Children

Rajinder Bedi got married in 1934 at the age of 19. He had two sons Narendra Bedi and Rajkumar Bedi. Both of them were Indian filmmakers and worked in the Hindi film industry.

Narendra Bedi

Rajinder Singh Bedi’s son Narendra Bedi

Other Relatives

He has a granddaughter named Ila Bedi Dutta, who works in the Hindi entertainment industry as a writer and producer.

Ila Bedi Dutta

Rajinder Singh Bedi’s granddaughter Ila Bedi Dutta

He has two grandsons named Manek Bedi and Rajat Bedi who work as actors and producers in the Indian entertainment industry.

A picture of Manek Bedi

Rajinder Singh Bedi’s grandson Manek Bedi

Rajat Bedi

Rajinder Singh Bedi’s grandson Rajat Bedi

Career

Radio

He left the clerk job and joined the Urdu section of All India Radio, Lahore, in 1941. After working there for two years he took a gap to work in Maheshwari Films Studios as a writer but later, he rejoined All India Radio and was posted to the Jammu and Kashmir Broadcasting Service as the Director.

 

Writer

Short Story & Play

Rajinder Bedi started his writing career by publishing his collection of short stories known as Daan-O-Daam (The Catch) in 1940. The story that readers liked the most in the collection was “Garam Coat” (Warm Coat).

A book cover of 'Garam Coat'

A book cover of ‘Garam Coat’

Some of his other collections of short stories and plays are Grehan (1942), Kokh Jali (1949), Saat Khel (1981), and Apne Dukh Mujhe Dedo (1997).

Film

Dialogue Writer

In 1947, he left the All India Radio job and moved to Bombay to work as a dialogue writer in the Hindi film industry with the filmmaker D. D. Kashyap. Rajinder Bedi’s first film as a dialogue writer was Bari Behen (1949). Some of his other films where he worked as a dialogue writer were Mirza Ghalib (1954), Devdas (1955), Madhumati (1958), and Satyakam (1969).

A poster of the film 'Bari Behen'

Screenwriter

Rajinder Singh Bedi’s first film as a screenwriter was Garam Coat (1955). Some of the other films where he worked as a screenwriter were Mem-Didi (1961), Rungoli (1962), Mere Sanam (1965), and Mere Hamdam Mere Dost (1968).

A poster of the film 'Garam Coat'

Filmmaker

Rajinder Singh Bedi’s first film as a producer was Garam Coat (1955) under the production banner of Cine Co-operative Ltd. Some of the other films that he produced were Rungoli (1962) and Phagun (1973).

A poster of the film 'Phagun'

Rajinder Singh Bedi’s first film as a film director was Dastak (1970). Some of his other directed films are Phagun (1973), Nawab Sahib (1978), and Aankhin Dekhi (1978).

A poster of the film 'Dastak'

Awards & Honours

  • 1956 Filmfare Award – Best Story for Garm Coat (1955)
  • 1959 Filmfare Award – Best Dialogue for Madhumati (1958)
  • Sahitya Akademi Award for his novel Ek Chadar Maili Si (1965)
  • 1971 Filmfare Award – Best Dialogue for Satyakam (1969)
  • Ghalib Award for Urdu Drama (1978)

Death

He suffered a stroke in 1982 which left him paralysed. Rajinder Singh Bedi died on 11 November 1984 in Mumbai, Maharashtra. [2]Rekhta Foundation – Instagram

Favourites

  • Actress: Geeta Bali

Facts/Trivia

  • He had his own publishing house known as Sangam Publishers Limited on Nesbit Road, Lahore, Pakistan.
  • During the 1947 partition, Rajinder Singh Bedi’s house and office were burnt down due to which he and his family had to shift to Ropar, Punjab, and then to Shimla. He helped and rescued many Muslim families by shifting them to safe locations during the partition. [3]The Wire
  • He liked reading books in his free time.
  • He liked having paan.
  • After his death, the ‘Rajinder Singh Bedi Award’ in the field of Urdu literature was started by the Government of Punjab in his honour.

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