17 January 1945 [|
Gwalior state, British India
|Occupation||Lyricist, poet, scriptwriter|
|Spouse(s)||Honey Irani (divorced)
Javed Akhtar (born 17 January 1945) is a poet, lyricist and scriptwriter from India. Akhtar is a mainstream writer and some of his most successful work was carried out in the late 1970s and 1980s with Salim Khan as half of the script-writing duo credited as Salim-Javed. Akhtar continues to be a prominent figure in Bollywood and is one of the most popular and sought-after lyricists.. Hailing from a family of freedom fighters, Javed Akhtar is the great great grandson of Allama Fazl-e-Haq Khairabadi, a notable name in the Indian Freedom Struggle and one of the main figures of the Indian Rebellion of 1857 who was hanged at the Kālā Pānī prison in 1861.
Early life 
He was born in Gwalior, (Madhya Pradesh) to Jan Nisar Akhtar, a Bollywood film songwriter and Urdu poet, and singer Safia Akhtar, a teacher and writer. His original name was Jadoo, taken from a line in a poem written by his father: "Lamba, lamba kisi jadoo ka fasana hoga". He was given the official name of Javed since it was the closest to the word jadoo. Amongst his family members who are poets are the Urdu poet Majaz (maternal uncle), and his uncle are Eitbar Hussain bartar and Yadgar Hussain Nashtar. His grandfather, Muztar Khairabadi, and Maulana Fazl-e-Haq Khairabadi, a noted philosopher, poet and religious scholar of the nineteenth century. Akhtar's younger brother, Salman Akhtar, is a psychoanalyst practicing in the United States.
Having lost his mother while very young, Akhtar's early years were spent in Lucknow, Aligarh and Mumbai, mostly with relatives. He studied in Colvin Taluqdars' College in Lucknow and the Minto Circle where he completed his matriculation from Aligarh Muslim University. After matriculation, Akhtar acquired a B.A. from Saifiya College in Bhopal. A gifted debater in college, he won the Rotary Club Prize frequently.
Akhtar arrived in Mumbai on 4 October 1964. In his early years there, he wrote the dialogue for a minor film for Rs. 100. Occasionally, he worked as an assistant. He got a job as a scriptwriter on Yakeen which flopped. Akhtar then joined with his friend Salim Khan to develop the story for Adhikar. Salim-Javed were hired by G. P. Sippy's Sippy Films as resident screenwriters and produced the screenplays for successful films like Andaz, Seeta Aur Geeta, Sholay and Don.
Akhtar used to write his scripts in Urdu, which were then written out in Hindi by his assistant. Another assistant would type out a one-line summary in English. His association with Salim Khan lasted until 1980. After this Akhtar wrote some scripts on his own but mostly moved into writing lyrics for films where he achieved success.
Akhtar has attempted more serious Urdu poetry aside from writing lyrics for movies. A major set of his works were compiled in Tarkash, which was rendered into audio in his voice. Singers such as the late Jagjit Singh and the late Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan have sung some of his non-movie poetry.
Akhtar was nominated to the Parliament upper house Rajya Sabha on 16 Nov 2009. 
Personal life 
Akhtar was married to Honey Irani, a scriptwriter for Hindi films, 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 is married to Adhuna Akhtar, a hair stylist. Javed is the uncle of Nishat and Kabir Akhtar.
Javed Akhtar was awarded the Padma Shri by the government of India in 1999 and received the Padma Bhushan in 2007. Akhtar has won the Filmfare Award fourteen times, seven times for Best Script, and eight times for Best Lyrics for "Ek Ladki Ko Dekha..." in 1942-A Love Story, "Ghar Se Nikalte Hi..." for Papa Kahte Hain, "Sandese Aate Hai" for Border, "Panchhi Nadiyan Pawan Ke Jhonke..." for Refugee, "Radha Kaise Na Jale" for Lagaan, "Kal Ho Na Ho" for Kal Ho Naa Ho, "Tere Liye..." for Veer-Zaara and "Jashn-e-Bahara" for Jodhaa Akbar.
Akhtar has won the National Award five times. In 1996 he won for Best Lyricist for the film Saaz and in 1997 he won the National Award for Border. He again won the National Award in 1998 for Godmother. In 2000 he again won the National Award for the song "Panchhi Nadiyan Pawan Ke Jonke..." from the film Refugee and in 2001 for "Radha Kaise Na Jale" from Lagaan.
He won the 1995 and 1997 Screen Videocon Awards. He won first Zee Award for Best Lyricist for "Sandese Aate Hain" from the film Border. He was awarded a Videocon Screen award as well as a Lux Zee Cine award for "Panchhi Nadiyan Pawan Ke Jhonke..." for Refugee.
In 2001 Akhtar received the "National Integration Award" from the All India Anti-Terrorist Association and the Avadh Ratan from the U.P. Government. He also won the 2003 Hakim Khan Sur Sammaan Award from the Maharana Mewar Foundation, Udaipur.
As scriptwriter 
- Movies written as part of the Salim-Javed team are marked as such.
- Andaz, 1971 (Salim-Javed
- Adhikar, 1971 (Salim-Javed)
- Haath Ki Safai, 1971 (Salim-Javed)
- Haathi Mere Saathi, 1971 (Salim-Javed)
- Seeta Aur Geeta, 1972 (Salim-Javed)
- Yaadon Ki Baaraat, 1973 (Salim-Javed)
- Zanjeer, 1973 (Salim-Javed)
- Majboor, 1974 (Salim-Javed)
- Deewar, 1975 (Salim-Javed)
- Sholay, 1975 (Salim-Javed)
- Immaan Dharam, 1977 (Salim-Javed)
- Chacha Bhatija, 1977 (Salim-Javed)
- Manushulu Chesina Dongalu (Telugu film), 1977 (Salim-Javed)
- Trishul, 1978 (Salim-Javed)
- Don, 1978 (Salim-Javed)
- Yugandhar (Telugu remake of Don), 1979 (Salim-Javed)
- Kaala Patthar, 1979 (Salim-Javed)
- Dostana, 1980 (Salim-Javed)
- Shaan, 1980 (Salim-Javed)
- Kranti, 1981 (Salim-Javed)
- Shakti, 1982 (Salim-Javed)
- Betaab, 1983 (Javed Akhtar)
- Duniya, 1984, (Javed Akhtarr)
- Mashaal, 1984 (Javed Akhtar)
- Saagar, 1985 (Javed Akhtar)
- Arjun, 1985 (Javed Akhtar)
- Meri Jung, 1985 (Javed Akhtar)
- Mr. India, 1987 (Salim-Javed)
- Main Azaad Hoon, 1989, (Javed Akhtar)
- Roop Ki Rani Choron Ka Raja (1993) (Javed Akhtar)
- Don: The Chase Begins Again (Salim-Javed: based on original script), 2006
- Zanjeer (Hindi & Telugu film), 2013 (Salim-Javed)
He has been awarded the Filmfare Best Lyricist Award eight times.
As lyricist 
See also 
- Chopra, Anupama (2000). Sholay: The Making of a Classic. Penguin Books India. p. 16. ISBN [[Special:BookSources/0-14-029997-0|0-14-029997-0 [[Category:Articles with invalid ISBNs]]]] Check
- "Javed Akhtar, Dua nominated to Rajya Sabha - India - DNA". Dnaindia.com. 2009-11-17. Retrieved 2013-03-03.
- "Being: Javed Akhtar on the angry young man - Movies News - IBNLive". Ibnlive.in.com. 2007-10-07. Retrieved 2013-03-03.
- Spirituality, Halo or Hoax – Javedakhtar.com, Spirituality, Halo or Hoax, 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."
- "Transcript of the Javed Akhtar Chat". rediff.com. Retrieved 2013-03-03.
- "Honey Irani on Divorce, Survival & Shabana Azmi". iDiva.com. Retrieved 2013-03-03.
- Chopra, Anupama, Sholay – The Making Of A Classic (Penguin Books) 2000 ISBN 0-14-029970-X
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