, Harayana, British India
Khwaja Ahmad Abbas popularly known as K. A. Abbas, was an Indian film director, novelist, screenwriter and journalist working in Urdu, Hindi and English languages. He was the maker of important Hindi films including `Saat Hindustani` (1969) and `Do Boond Pani ` (1972), both of which won the National Film Award for Best Feature Film on National Integration. As a screenwriter, Khwaja Ahmad Abbas is considered one of pioneers of Indian parallel or neo-realistic cinema, having penned films like the Palme d'Or winner at the Cannes Film Festival, `Neecha Nagar` (1946) , `Jagte Raho`, `Dharti Ke Lal`, `Awara`, `Saat Hindustani` and `Naya Sansar`. Apart from this, he wrote the best of Raj Kapoor films `Awaara`, `Shri 420`, `Mera Naam Joker`, `Bobby` and `Henna`.
His column ‘Last Page’, holds the distinction of being the longest-running column in the history of Indian journalism. The column began in 1935, in the daily, `Bombay Chronicle`, and went on to feature in ‘The Blitz’ when the former shut down.
He was awarded the Padma Shri in 1969, by the Government of India