Javed Akhtar

Profession: Lyricist, Screenwriter, Poet


Brothers of Javed Akhtar

Salman Akhtar, Shahid Akhtar

Daughter of Javed Akhtar

Zoya Akhtar, Elder (daughter from first wife)

Father of Javed Akhtar

Jan Nisar Akhtar (Songwriter & poet)

Mother of Javed Akhtar

Safia Akhtar (Singer)

Sisters of Javed Akhtar

Uneza Akhtar, Albina

Son of Javed Akhtar

Farhan Akhtar (son from first wife)

Wife/Spouse of Javed Akhtar

Honey Irani, Ex-wife (Screenwriter & Director)
Shabana Azmi, Actress (m. 1984-present)

Affairs/Girlfriends of Javed Akhtar

Honey Irani
Shabana Azmi

Favourite Actor of Javed Akhtar

Dilip Kumar

Favourite Food of Javed Akhtar

Kebabs, Vanilla Ice-Cream, Aloo Gosht Ka Shorba, Biryani

Favourite Poem of Javed Akhtar

Mera Safar by Ali Sardar Jafri

Favourite Poet of Javed Akhtar

Kaifi Azmi, Sahir Ludhianvi

Favourite Sport of Javed Akhtar

Cricket

Awards/Achievements of Javed Akhtar

Awarded the Padma Shri in 1999.
Honored with the Padma Bhushan in 2007.
5-time National Award winner for Best Lyrics for the movies- Saaz (1996), Border (1997), Godmother (1998), Refugee (2000) and Lagaan (2001).
In 2013, received the Sahitya Akademi Award (Urdu), India's second highest literary honor, for his poetry collection- 'Lava'.

Controversies of Javed Akhtar

In 2016, when former Indian cricketer Virender Sehwag and wrestler Yogeshwar Dutt took a jibe at Gurmehar Kaur, a Delhi University student, who was protesting ABVP's attacks on students and teachers, Javed Akhtar took to Twitter to share his piece of mind. In one of his tweets, the lyricist referred to the aforesaid sportspersons as 'hardly literate.'   British filmmaker Leslee Udwin's 'India's Daughter (Nirbhaya)' documentary became a matter of heated debate at the time of its release. Since the film also contained an interview of one of the convicts, the parents of the victim urged the government to halt its release. As a result, the government wasted no time in banning the controversial documentary. However, Javed Akhtar and a number of other politicians were of a different view. In one of the parliamentary sessions, he said, "Accha hua ki documentary bani, ab pata chalega kitne log hain jo uss rapist jaise soch rakhtey hain" (It is good that this film was made, it will reveal how many men think like Nirbhaya's rapist).  

Information about Javed Akhtar

The two soon started to work together. While Salim Khan thought and devised new ideas & stories, Akhtar contributed by framing dialogues. Interestingly, Akhtar wrote all the dialogues in Urdu which were later translated into Hindi by one of their assistants. They worked together on as many as 24 films before the inevitable parting of ways. Out of these 24 movies, 20 were hits, including the 1975 cult classic- Sholay.  Although they split up in 1982, some of the scripts that they had written by that time were later adapted into films like Zamana (1985) and Mr. India (1987).  Poetry and songwriting have been running in Akhtar s family for generations. While his grandfather, Muztar Khairabadi and his elder brother Bismil Khairabadi, were poets, his father, Jan Nisar Khan, was a renowned songwriter in Bollywood.  The future writing duo Salim-Javed (Salim Khan & Javed Akhtar) first met on the sets of the film 'Sarhadi Lootera' (1966), wherein Salim was an actor and Javed was a 'clapper boy'. However, the latter was later promoted to the 'position' of dialogue-writer as the director was unable to find one.  In hopes of making it big in Bollywood, Akhtar came to Mumbai in 1964. However, he had no place to take refuge under. He spent days without any food, sleeping beneath the trees or in corridors before finally finding shelter at Kamal Amrohi Studio in Jogeshwari.  Not many people know that Javed Akhtar' parents initially gave him the name-'Jadoo'. Interestingly, the word Jadoo was taken from a poem written by his father. The particular line containing the word reads- 'lamha, lamha kisi jadoo ka fasana hoga.  Does Javed Akhtar smoke: Not Known  His 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.  Does Javed Akhtar drink alcohol: No (Used to be an alcohol addict) 


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