Educated at Aligarh Muslim University. Formerly a journalist and film critic for Bombay Chronicle.
In 1969, he gave a newcomer by the name of Amitabh Bachchan a break for his new movie Saat Hindustani (1969).
Member of the jury at the Berlin International Film Festival in 1966
Grandneice of actress Neelima Azim. Neelima mother name was Khadija Azim, She had famous poets in her family. She belongs to the family of KA Abbas. Neelima father Anwar Azim, was a prominent journalist and Urdu author.
Great grandnephew is actor Shahid Kapoor. ( Neelima's son).