Bhisham Sahni (1915–03) was amongst the most prolific writers in the post-independence era with novels, short stories and plays in Hindi dealing with the marginalised sections of the society. He was also a teacher (English literature), translator, polygot—even an actor. Tamas, his magnum opus of sorts, reflecting the tragedy of partition and its aftermath, won universal appreciation for its bold but sensitive handling of the subject. It was also made into a television serial. His biography of his brother, actor Balraj Sahni, and autobiography, Aaj ke Ateet (Parts of the Present) are some of his other works; apart from seven novels, six plays and more than a 100 stories.