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

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Wife: Satwant Kaur
Death Cause: Rectal Cancer
Age: 69 Years

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Other NameRajindar Singh Bedi
Profession(s)Novelist, Radio Broadcaster, Screenwriter, Playwright, Film Producer, Film Director
DebutShort Story Writer: Daan-O-Daam/The Catch (1940)
Cover of the book Daan-O-Daam
Film Dialogue Writer: Bari Behen (1949)
A poster of the film 'Bari Behen'
Screenwriter & Film Producer: Garam Coat (1955)
A poster of the film 'Garam Coat'
Film Director: Dastak (1970)
A poster of the film 'Dastak'
Awards & HonoursFilm Accolades
• 1956 Filmfare Best Story Award - Garm Coat (1955)
• 1959 Filmfare Best Dialogue Award - Madhumati (1959)
• 1971 Filmfare Best Dialogue Award - Satyakam (1969)
Literary Accolades
• Sahitya Akademi Award - Ek Chadar Maili Si (1965)
• Ghalib Award - Urdu Drama (1978)
Personal Life
Date of Birth1 September 1915 (Wednesday)
BirthplaceDhallewali, Sialkot, Punjab Province, British India (now in Punjab, Pakistan)
Date of Death11 November 1984
Place of DeathMumbai, Maharashtra
Age (at the time of death)69 Years
Death CauseComplications from rectal cancer [1]Jashn-E-Qalam - Facebook
Zodiac SignVirgo
Nationality• British Indian (1915-1947)
• Indian (1947-1984)
SchoolS. B. B. S. Khalsa Senior Secondary School, Basiala, Punjab
College/UniversityDAV College
Educational QualificationCollege Dropout
CasteKhatri [2]The Digital South Asia Library
Relationships & More
Marital StatusWidower
Marriage DateYear, 1934
Wife/SpouseSatwant Kaur
ChildrenSon(s)- 3
• Prem Bedi
Narendra Bedi (Film Director)
Narendra Bedi
• Rajkumar Bedi/Jatinder Bedi (Script Writer)
Daughter(s)- 2
• Surinder Bedi
• Parminder Bedi
ParentsFather- Hira Singh Bedi (Postmaster)
Mother- Seva Dai
SiblingsBrother(s)- 2
• Name not known (Army)
• Name not known (IAS Officer)
Sister- 1
• Name Not Known
Rajinder Singh Bedi with his two brothers and sister
Other RelativesGrandson(s)- 2
Manek Bedi (Actor, Film Producer)
Manek Bedi
Rajat Bedi (Actor, Film Producer)
Rajat Bedi
Grandaughter- 1
Ila Bedi Dutta (Script Writer, Film Producer)
Ila Bedi Dutta
ActressGeeta Bali

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Some Lesser Known Facts About Rajinder Singh Bedi

  • Rajinder Singh Bedi studied till fourth class at a school in Lahore Cantonment, Punjab, Pakistan.
  • In 1931, he passed his matriculation examination with first division.
  • He couldn’t complete his graduation because his mother passed away from tuberculosis and he had to drop out of college to get a job.
  • In 1933, after dropping out of college, he started working as a clerk at Sadar Bazar Post Office, Lahore.
  • He got married at the age of 19.
  • His first son Prem died within a year after his birth.
  • In 1941, he resigned from the clerk job and joined the Urdu section of All India Radio, Lahore.
  • Before the India-Pakistan partition, he owned a publishing company known as Sangam Publishers Limited on Nesbit Road, Lahore, Pakistan.
  • He became a member of the Progressive Writer’s Association before the independence of India.

    Rajinder Singh Bedi with the members of the Progressive Writer's Association

    Rajinder Singh Bedi with the members of the Progressive Writer’s Association

  • After working at All India Radio for two years, he left the job and worked as a writer at Maheshwari Film Studios.
  • Later, he rejoined All India Radio and worked as Director of Jammu Kashmir Broadcasting Service.

  • Among his short story collection known as Daan-O-Daam (The Catch) published in 1940, people mostly loved reading the story “Garam Coat” (Warm Coat).

    A book cover of 'Garam Coat'

    A book cover of ‘Garam Coat’

  • His other collection of short stories and plays are Grehan (1942), Kokh Jali (1949), Saat Khel (1981), and Apne Dukh Mujhe Dedo (1997).
  • His house and office in Pakistan were burnt down during the 1947 partition.
  • He and his family had to shift from Lahore to Ropar in Punjab and then to Shimla during the 1947 India-Pakistan War.
  • During the 1947 partition, he and his brother rescued many Muslim families by taking them to safe locations.
  • He shifted to Bombay (now Mumbai) to work as a dialogue writer in the Hindi film industry after leaving the All India Radio job in 1947.
  • The films in which he had worked as a dialogue writer are Mirza Ghalib (1954), Devdas (1955), Madhumati (1958), and Satyakam (1969).
    A poster of Devdas
  • The films in which he worked as a screenwriter are Mem-Didi (1961), Rungoli (1962), Mere Sanam (1965), and Mere Hamdam Mere Dost (1968).
    Ramesh Sippy's film Mere Sanam (1965)
  • He produced the films Rungoli (1962) and Phagun (1973).
    A poster of the film Rungoli
  • Some of the films which he directed are Phagun (1973), Nawab Sahib (1978), and Aankhin Dekhi (1978). A poster of the film Aankhin Dekhi
  • He liked chewing paan.
  • He smoked and drank alcohol occasionally. [3]Dusted Off
  • He was influenced by the works of Anton Chekov.
  • The ‘Rajinder Singh Bedi Award’ was started in his honour by the Government of Punjab for the deserving candidates in the field of Urdu literature.
  • After his death, a crossing in King’s Circle, Mumbai was named after him as Rajinder Singh Bedi Chowk.