Ali Raza, who wrote the script of the classic Hindi film Mother India, on Friday passed away at the Nanavati Hospital in Mumbai a after brief illness.
Raza, in his early eighties, was admitted to Nanavati Hospital in suburban Mumbai about a week ago, a release said.
As a writer he began his career with Andaaz in 1949. The film starred Raj Kapoor, Dilip Kumar and Nargis and was directed by Mehboob Khan.
Apart from Mother India and Andaaz his other noted scripts include those of Saraswati Chandra (1968), Sawan Bhadon (1970), Raja Jani (1972), Bhai Bhai, Reshma Aur Shera (1971) and Dus Numbri (1976).
He also wrote and directed Praan Jaye Par Vachan Na Jaye, which was Sunil Dutt's comeback film starring Rekha and also wrote dialogues for her films Barsaat, Aan and Andaz.