He was an eminent poet of Hindi literature and a famous lyricist of Bollywood. His association with Bollywood spanned around two decades, beginning in 1944 and ended with his death in 1963. He was a poet of Post-Chhayavaad period, and he wrote several collections of Hindi poems including “Umang” (published in 1933). He was also a journalist and edited at least four Hindi Magazines, Namely, Ratlam Times, Chitrapat, Sudha, and Yogi. During Sino-Indian War of 1962, he wrote many patriotic songs and poems which include Savan, Kalpana, Neelima, Naveen Kalpana Karo Etc.
Nakul Singh Nepali, son of Gopal Singh Nepali, has filed a suit at the Bombay High Court against the makers of Slumdog Millionaire Movie, saying that Director & Producer Danny Boyle they wrongly credited poet Surdas for writing the song Darshan Do Ghanashyam. According to the suit, Nepali says his father, a poet, wrote the song and that the filmmakers – Danny Boyle and Celador Films Ltd – have caused loss of reputation to his father and violated the author’s rights. Nepali has claimed Rs 5 crore as damages. He has also sought to have the filmmakers prohibited from presenting in any form the portion of the movie that says that Surdas is the author of the song.