Wajahat Mirza

Wajahat Hussain Mirza Changezi (Hindi: वजाहत मिर्ज़ा; 20 April 1908 – 4 August 1990) was an Indian screenwriter and film director who penned the dialogues of some of the most successful films in India during the 1950s and 1960s, best known for Mughal-e-Azam (1960) and the Academy Award-nominee, Mother India (1957).[citation needed]

Wajahat Mirza
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Born20 April 1908 (1908-04-20)
Died4 August 1990(1990-08-04) (aged 82)
Occupation(s)Dialogue writer, screenwriter, story writer, film director
Years active1933–1980
AwardsFilmfare Best Dialogue Award (1961)
Filmfare Best Dialogue Award (1962)

Mirza won Filmfare Best Dialogue Award twice, in 1961 for Mughal-e-Azam, and in 1962 for Ganga Jamuna.[1] He also won the Bengal Film Journalists' Association Awards for Ganga Jamuna.[citation needed]

He was born in Sitapur, a small town 89 kilometers from Lucknow.[citation needed] While studying at Government Jubilee Inter College, Lucknow Mirza became acquainted with cinematographer Krishan Gopal of Calcutta, and worked as his assistant. He later co-produced with singer Midgan Kumar a movie called Anookhi Moohabat ("Crazy Lover") in Bombay. Mirza became a dialogue and screenplay writer and was also one of the first Indians to be nominated for an Oscar for the movie Mother India (1957), based upon a story by Babubhai Mehta.[2]


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  1. ^ "Best Dialogue Writer Award (1958-1999)". Official Listings, Indiatimes. Retrieved 7 May 2013.
  2. ^ Chatterjee 2002, p. 12.
  3. ^ Mahaan, Deepak (24 June 2010). "Leader (1964)". The Hindu. Retrieved 22 August 2014.


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