Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Veteran writer-director Govind Moonis dead

Filmfare Award-winning writer-director Govind Moonis died on May 5 of throat cancer at 5 pm. He was 81 years old.

Born on January 2, 1929 in the village Pasakhera in Unnao district to Pt. Shriram Dwivedi, Govind Moonis was educated at Kanpur. He started his literary career in 1947 when his first short story was published in the Sunday edition of Dainik Veerbharat of Kanpur. Thereafter, scores of his articles, short stories and translations from Bengali appeared in many newspapers and periodicals of repute.In April,1952 he went to Kolkata, met Ritwik Ghatak and joined him as an assistant director in his first directorial assignment Bedeni (Bengali) which unfortunately could not be completed. Then Moonis assisted him in Nagarik.
In November 1953, coming to Mumbai with Satyen Bose, Moonis had been associated in almost all the films that Bose directed. First as an assistant to him, then a dialogue and screenplay writer and occasionally a lyricist.
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