Saxena (81), who was suffering from cancer in the tongue and had been operated upon recently, was having difficulty in breathing and was admitted to a private hospital on Monday night.
He was employed by the Indian Railways but he was a prolific writer for magazines and newspapers.
He started writing for Doordarshan's famous serial Bibi Natiyon Wali. He wrote almost for every popular magazine of Hindi.
His first book of satire Koi Patthar Se Na Mare was published in 1982.
He was an expert of three Indian language Urdu, Hindi and Awadhi. He was awarded Padma Shri in year 2000.
He has written the dialogues of the popular Hindi films Lagaan (2001), Swades (2004) and Hulchul (2004), and Jodhaa Akbar (2008), which was nominated for Filmfare Award for Best Dialogue.
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