Gulshan Nanda

Gulshan Nanda (1929,Gujranwala[1] - 16 November 1985) was a popular Indian novelist and screenwriter.[2][3] Many of his novels were adapted into Hindi films in the 1960s and 1970s, including more than a dozen big hits of the period - Kaajal (1965), Kati Patang (1970), Khilona (1970), Sharmeelee (1971) and Daag (1973).[4][5] His stories encompassed a range of themes, from social issues and romance to action thrillers. He was nominated for the Filmfare Award for Best Story six times, for Kaajal (1965), Neel Kamal (1968), Khilona (1970), Kati Patang (1970), Naya Zamana (1971) and Mehbooba (1976).[6] His sons Rahul and Himanshu Nanda are veteran publicity designers for Bollywood[7] and conceived the concept of Akshay Kumar starrer, Patiala House (2011).[8][9]



Year Film Story Screenplay Note
1964 Phoolon Ki Sej Yes Andhere Chirag novel
1965 Kaajal Yes Maadhavi novel
1966 Sawan Ki Ghata Yes Yes Shakthi Samanta
1967 Patthar Ke Sanam Yes Novel Sanvli Raat
1968 Neel Kamal Yes
1970 Kati Patang Yes Yes
Khilona Yes Won Filmfare Best Movie Award
1971 Sharmeelee Yes
Naya Zamana Yes
1973 Daag Yes Yash Chopra debut as producer
Jheel Ke Us Paar Yes Yes
Jugnu Yes
Joshila Yes
1974 Ajnabee Yes Yes
1976 Bhanwar Yes
Mehbooba Yes Yes Sisakate Saaz novel
[Chhote Sarkar]

Story & Screenplay

1978 Azaad Yes
1983 Bade Dil Wala Yes
1984 Bindiya Chamkegi Yes
1985 Baadal Yes
1987 Nazrana Yes


  1. per the records of Bhai Kahn Singh Nabha Library, Punjabi University, Patiala, Punjab
  2. Datta, p. 750
  3. "The life and death of Hindi pulp fiction". Mint. 20 October 2008.
  4. Mahaan, Deepak (19 November 2012). "Kaajal (1965)". The Hindu. Retrieved 27 March 2012.
  5. "Hindi cinema's novel idea". DNA. 7 September 2008.
  6. Filmfare Nominees and Winners
  7. Rahul Nanda on IMDb
  8. Some of his novels has been transalted into Urdu & Gujarati, a few in Punjabi & Enlsih."Rishi, Dimple pair up again". DNA. 4 November 2009.
  9. "Akki and Anushka's dinner date". starboxoffice. 2009.

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