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Javed Akhtar (born 17 January 1945) is an Indian political activist, poet, lyricist and screenwriter, originally from Gwalior area. He is a recipient of the Padma Shri (1999), Padma Bhushan (2007), the Sahitya Akademi Award as well as five National Film Awards. In early part of his career he was a screenplay writer, creating movies like Deewar, Janzeer and Sholay. Later he left screenplay writing and became a lyricist and social-political activist .
Akhtar in 2010
|Education||Colvin Taluqdars' College, Lucknow|
|Spouse(s)||Honey Irani (divorced); 2 children|
Shabana Azmi (m. 1984)
|Honours||Padma Shri (1999)|
Padma Bhushan (2007)
Javed Akhtar was born in 1945 in Gwalior. His father Jan Nisar Akhtar was a Bollywood film songwriter and Urdu poet, and his mother Safia Akhtar was a singer, teacher and writer. His grandfather Muztar Khairabadi was a poet as was his grandfather's elder brother, Bismil Khairabadi, while his great great grandfather, Fazl-e-Haq Khairabadi, was a scholar of Islamic studies and theology and played an important role in the First Independence Movement of India in 1857. Javed Akhtar's original name was Jadoo, taken from a line in a poem written by his father: "Lamha, lamha kisi jadoo ka fasana hoga". He was given the official name of Javed since it was the closest to the word jadoo. He spent most of his childhood and was schooled in Lucknow. He graduated from Saifiya College in Bhopal.
Akhtar was greatly inspired by Pakistani author Ibn-e-Safi's Urdu novels, which he grew up reading as a child. Akhtar was particularly influenced by the Jasoosi Dunya and Imran series of detective novels, such as The House of Fear (1955). He was influenced by their fast action, tight plots, economies of expression, fascinating characters with catchy memorable names, and speaking styles. Two of the earliest films he remembered watching both starred Dilip Kumar: Shaheed Latif's Arzoo (1950) and Mehboob Khan's Aan (1952). Other films that influenced him as a child include Bimal Roy's Do Bigha Zameen (1953), Satyen Bose's Jagriti (1954), Shree 420 (1955) directed by Raj Kapoor and written by Khwaja Ahmad Abbas, Munimji (1955) directed by Subodh Mukherjee and written by Nasir Hussain, and Mehboob Khan's Mother India (1957).
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Initially, in the 1970s, there was no concept of having the same writer for the screenplay, story and dialogue, nor were the writers given any credits in the titles. Rajesh Khanna is credited with giving Salim Khan and Javed Akhtar their first chance to become screenplay writers by offering them work in Haathi Mere Saathi. Javed Akhtar stated in an interview that "One day, he went to Salimsaab and said that Mr. Devar had given him a huge signing amount with which he could complete the payment for his bungalow, Aashirwad. But the film was a remake and the script of the original was far from being satisfactory. He told us that if we could set right the script, he would make sure we got both money and credit."
Their first big success was the script for Andaz, followed by Adhikar (1971), Haathi Mere Saathi and Seeta Aur Geeta (1972). They also had hits with Yaadon Ki Baaraat (1973), Zanjeer (1973), Haath Ki Safai (1974), Deewaar (1975), Sholay (1975), Chacha Bhatija (1977), Don (1978), Trishul (1978), Dostana (1980), Kranti (1981), Zamana (1985) and Mr. India (1987). They have worked together in 24 films including two Kannada films – Premada Kanike and Raja Nanna Raja. Of the 24 films they wrote, 20 were hits. The scripts they wrote, but which were not successful at box office include Aakhri Dao (1975), Immaan Dharam (1977), Kaala Patthar (1979) and Shaan (1980). Though they split in 1982, due to ego issues, some of the scripts they wrote were made into hit films later, such as Zamana and Mr. India. Salim-Javed, many a time described as "the most successful scriptwriters of all-time", are also noted to be the first scriptwriters in Indian cinema to achieve star status.
Akhtar was nominated to the Parliament upper house Rajya Sabha on 16 November 2009.
—Akhtar talking about his religious beliefs.
Akhtar was married to Honey Irani, with whom he had two children, Farhan Akhtar and Zoya Akhtar, both film directors and actors. The father-and-son duo have worked together in films such as Dil Chahta Hai, Lakshya, Rock On!! and Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara with Zoya. Farhan was married to Adhuna Akhtar, a hair stylist.
Javed married Shabana Azmi, the daughter of Urdu poet, Kaifi Azmiand later divorced Irani. On February 2019, Akhtar canceled his visit to attend an event in Karachi organized by the Karachi Arts Council due to the Pulwama attack.
In November 2017, Akhtar and his wife actress Shabana Azmi during a public interview had stated that Hindus needed to stand up against royal families of Rajasthan protesting against Sanjay Leela Bhansali alleged distortion of the biopic of Queen Padmavati. They also stated that the royal families never fought against the British and were now protesting against the movie.
Awards and nominationsEdit
Akhtar was awarded the civilian honour of Padma Shri by the Government of India in 1999, followed by the Padma Bhushan in 2007. In 2013, he received the Sahitya Akademi Award in Urdu, India's second highest literary honour, for his poetry collection Lava. In 2019, he was conferred with an honorary doctorate (Doctor of Letters) by the Jamia Hamdard University.
|1996||National Film Awards||Best Lyrics||Won||Saaz|
|1997||National Film Awards||Best Lyrics||Won||Border|
|1998||National Film Awards||Best Lyrics||Won||Godmother|
|2000||National Film Awards||Best Lyrics||Won||Refugee|
|2001||National Film Awards||Best Lyrics||Won||Lagaan|
|1995||Filmfare Awards||Best Lyrics||Won||"Ek Ladki Ko Dekha" from 1942: A Love Story|
|1997||Filmfare Awards||Best Lyrics||Won||"Ghar Se Nikalte" from Papa Kehte Hai|
|1989||Filmfare Awards||Best Lyrics||Nominated||"Ek Do Teen" from Tezaab|
|1990||Filmfare Awards||Best Dialogue||Won||Main Azaad Hoon|
|1998||Filmfare Awards||Best Lyrics||Won||"Sandese Aate Hai" from Border|
|1998||Filmfare Awards||Best Lyrics||Nominated||"Chand Taare" from Yes Boss|
|1999||Filmfare Awards||Best Lyrics||Nominated||"Mere Mehboob Mere Sanam" from Duplicate|
|1984||Filmfare Awards||Best Story||Nominated||Betaab|
|1985||Filmfare Awards||Best Story||Nominated||Mashaal|
|1986||Filmfare Awards||Best Story||Nominated||Arjun|
|2001||Filmfare Awards||Best Lyrics||Won||"Panchchi Nadiyaan" from Refugee|
|2002||Filmfare Awards||Best Lyrics||Won||"Radha Kaise Naa Jale" from Lagaan|
|2002||Filmfare Awards||Best Lyrics||Nominated||"Mitwa" from Lagaan|
|2011||Mirchi Music Awards||Album of The Year||Nominated||Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara|||
|Lyricist of The Year||Won||"Khwabon Ke Parindey" from Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara|
|Nominated||"Senorita" from Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara|
|2012||Won||"Jee Le Zara" from Talaash|||
|2014||Lifetime Achievement Award||Won||-|||
|2015||Album of The Year||Nominated||Dil Dhadakne Do|||
|Lyricist of The Year||Nominated||"Phir Bhi Yeh Zindagi" from Dil Dhadakne Do|
- Teamed as Salim-Javed
|1971||Andaz||Hindi-Urdu||Ramesh Sippy||Rajesh Khanna, Hema Malini, Shammi Kapoor, Simi Garewal||Written as "Salim-Javed"|
|1971||Adhikar||Hindi-Urdu||S.M. Sagar||Ashok Kumar, Nanda, Deb Mukherjee||Written as "Salim-Javed"|
|1971||Haathi Mere Saathi||Hindi-Urdu||M. A. Thirumugham||Rajesh Khanna, Tanuja||Written as "Salim-Javed"|
|1972||Seeta Aur Geeta||Hindi-Urdu||Ramesh Sippy||Hema Malini, Dharmendra, Sanjeev Kumar||Written as "Salim-Javed"|
|1973||Yaadon Ki Baaraat||Hindi-Urdu||Nasir Hussain||Dharmendra, Vijay Arora, Tariq Khan||Written as "Salim-Javed"|
|1973||Zanjeer||Hindi-Urdu||Prakash Mehra||Amitabh Bachchan, Jaya Bhaduri, Pran||Written as "Salim-Javed"|
|1974||Majboor||Hindi-Urdu||Ravi Tandon||Amitabh Bachchan, Parveen Babi, Pran||Written as "Salim-Javed"|
|1974||Haath Ki Safai||Hindi-Urdu||Prakash Mehra||Randhir Kapoor, Vinod Khanna, Hema Malini, Simi Garewal, Ranjeet||Written as "Salim-Javed"|
|1975||Deewaar||Hindi-Urdu||Yash Chopra||Amitabh Bachchan, Shashi Kapoor, Parveen Babi, Neetu Singh||Written as "Salim-Javed"|
|1975||Sholay||Hindi-Urdu||Ramesh Sippy||Dharmendra, Amitabh Bachchan, Sanjeev Kumar, Hema Malini, Jaya Bhaduri||Written as "Salim-Javed"|
|1975||Aakhri Dao||Hindi-Urdu||A. Salaam||Jeetendra, Saira Banu, Danny Denzongpa||Written as "Salim-Javed"|
|1976||Premada Kanike||Kannada||V. Somashekhar||Rajkumar, Aarathi||Written as "Salim-Javed"|
|1976||Raja Nanna Raja||Kannada||A. V. Seshagiri Rao||Rajkumar, Aarathi||Written as "Salim-Javed"|
|1977||Immaan Dharam||Hindi-Urdu||Desh Mukherjee||Amitabh Bachchan, Shashi Kapoor, Sanjeev Kumar, Rekha||Written as "Salim-Javed"|
|1977||Chacha Bhatija||Hindi-Urdu||Manmohan Desai||Dharmendra, Randhir Kapoor, Hema Malini||Written as "Salim-Javed"|
|1978||Trishul||Hindi-Urdu||Yash Chopra||Amitabh Bachchan, Sanjeev Kumar, Shashi Kapoor, Hema Malini||Written as "Salim-Javed"|
|1978||Don||Hindi-Urdu||Chandra Barot||Written as "Salim-Javed"|
|1979||Kaala Patthar||Hindi-Urdu||Yash Chopra||Amitabh Bachchan||Written as "Salim-Javed"|
|1980||Dostana||Hindi-Urdu||Raj Khosla||Written as "Salim-Javed"|
|1980||Shaan||Hindi-Urdu||Ramesh Sippy||Written as "Salim-Javed"|
|1981||Kranti||Hindi-Urdu||Manoj Kumar||Written as "Salim-Javed"|
|1982||Shakti||Hindi-Urdu||Ramesh Sippy||Dilip Kumar, Amitabh Bachchan, Raakhee, Anil Kapoor||Written as "Salim-Javed"|
|1985||Zamana||Hindi-Urdu||Ramesh Talwar||Rajesh Khanna, Rishi Kapoor, Poonam Dhillon, Ranjeeta Kaur||Written as "Salim-Javed"|
|1987||Mr. India||Hindi-Urdu||Shekhar Kapur||Anil Kapoor, Sridevi, Amrish Puri||Written as "Salim-Javed"|
- As Javed Akhtar
|1983||Betaab||Hindi-Urdu||Rahul Rawail||Sunny Deol, Amrita Singh||Written as "Javed Akhtar"|
|1984||Duniya||Hindi-Urdu||Ramesh Talwar||Dilip Kumar, Rishi Kapoor, Amrita Singh||Written as "Javed Akhtar"|
|1984||Mashaal||Hindi-Urdu||Yash Chopra||Dilip Kumar, Anil Kapoor||Written as "Javed Akhtar"|
|1985||Saagar||Hindi-Urdu||Ramesh Sippy||Rishi Kapoor, Kamal Haasan||Written as "Javed Akhtar"|
|1985||Arjun||Hindi-Urdu||Rahul Rawail||Sunny Deol, Dimple Kapadia||Written as "Javed Akhtar"|
|1985||Meri Jung||Hindi-Urdu||Subhash Ghai||Anil Kapoor, Meenakshi Sheshadri||Written as "Javed Akhtar"|
|1987||Dacait||Hindi-Urdu||Rahul Rawail||Sunny Deol, Raakhee||Written as "Javed Akhtar"|
|1989||Main Azaad Hoon||Hindi-Urdu||Tinnu Anand||Amitabh Bachchan, Shabana Azmi||Written as "Javed Akhtar"|
|1992||Khel||Hindi-Urdu||Rakesh Roshan||Anil Kapoor, Madhuri Dixit||Written as "Javed Akhtar"|
|1993||Roop Ki Rani Choron Ka Raja||Hindi-Urdu||Satish Kaushik||Anil Kapoor, Sridevi||Written as "Javed Akhtar"|
|1995||Prem||Hindi||Satish Kaushik||Sanjay Kapoor, Tabu|
|1998||Kabhi Na Kabhi||Hindi||Priyadarshan||Anil Kapoor, Jackie Shroff|
|2004||Lakshya||Hindi-Urdu||Farhan Akhtar||Hrithik Roshan, Preity Zinta||Written as "Javed Akhtar"|
|2006||Don: The Chase Begins Again||Hindi-Urdu||Farhan Akhtar||Shah Rukh Khan, Priyanka Chopra||Written as "Javed Akhtar"|
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- "Javed Akhtar Awards & Nominations List - Filmibeat". FilmiBeat. Retrieved 20 October 2018.
- For example, campagning for Communist Party of India (CPI) candidate in 2019 Indian general election: https://www.indiatoday.in/elections/lok-sabha-2019/story/taare-zameen-par-will-b-town-biggies-help-kanhaiya-kumar-win-begusarai-1512586-2019-04-29
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- "On Father's Day, Javed Akhtar recalls the man who taught him poetry". 16 June 2014 – via The Hindu.
- "MUZTAR KHAIRABADI ~ Sher-o-Sukhan".
- Chopra, Anupama (2000). Sholay: The Making of a Classic. Penguin Books India. p. 16. ISBN 0-14-02997-0X.
- David John Matthews, ed. (2001). Quiver: Poems and Ghazals. HarperCollins. ISBN 978-81-7223-437-9.
- Chaudhuri, Diptakirti (2015). Written by Salim-Javed: The Story of Hindi Cinema's Greatest Screenwriters. Penguin Books. pp. 26–27. ISBN 9789352140084.
- Hungama, Bollywood. "The Magic of Haathi Mere Saathi - Latest Movie Features - Bollywood Hungama".
- Sholay, through the eyes of Salim Khan, ,Rediff.com
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- His bias and hatred towards right wing organizations is displayed in most of his interviews or articles. "Spirituality, Halo or Hoax". Javedakhtar.com. 26 February 2005.
There are certain things that I would like to make very clear at the very outset. Don't get carried away by my name – Javed Akhtar. I am not revealing a secret, I am saying something that I have said many times, in writing or on TV, in public...I am an atheist, I have no religious beliefs. And obviously I don't believe in spirituality of some kind. Some kind.
- "10 Self-Proclaimed Celebrity Atheists | Entertainment | iDiva.com | Page 4". iDiva.com. Retrieved 16 December 2013.
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- "Honey Irani on Divorce, Survival & Shabana Azmi". iDiva.com. Retrieved 3 March 2013.
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- "Winners - Mirchi Music Awards 2014". MMAMirchiMusicAwards. Retrieved 15 April 2018.
- "MMA Mirchi Music Awards". MMAMirchiMusicAwards. Retrieved 25 March 2018.
- Aḵẖtar, Jāvīd; Kabir, Nasreen Munni (2002). Talking Films: Conversations on Hindi Cinema with Javed Akhtar. Oxford University Press. p. 49. ISBN 9780195664621.
JA: I write dialogue in Urdu, but the action and descriptions are in English. Then an assistant transcribes the Urdu dialogue into Devnagari because most people read Hindi. But I write in Urdu.