Producer, director, and writer of Indian cinema. Born on 7 June 1914 in Panipat, he graduated with a degree in literature. He was the author of about twenty books, some of which have been translated into various languages, and was a founding member of the Progressive Writers' Association. From 1938 onward, he traveled widely outside of India. In 1951, as a member of an Indian delegation, he went to China on an academic junket. In 1954-55, he visited various countries of Western and Eastern Europe (Great Britain, Czechoslovakia, Poland, USSR). He was the owner of the film production and distribution company Naya Sansar in Bombay. Abbas wrote several films (Naya Sansar, Nai Kahani, Nai Duniya, Panna, etc.) before expanding his work into producing and directing.