Javed Akhtar

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Javed Akhtar
جاوید اختر
जावेद अख्तर
Javed Aktar 2010.jpg
Born (1945-01-17) 17 January 1945 (age 69)
Khairabad, Sitapur, Uttar Pradesh
Occupation Poet, lyricist, scriptwriter
Nationality Indian
Subject Love, philosophy
Spouse
Children Zoya Akhtar
Farhan Akhtar

Javed Akhtar (Hindi: जावेद अख्तर, Urdu: جاوید اختر‎; 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 with Salim Khan as half of the script-writing duo credited as Salim-Javed between 1971 to 1982. He is a recipient of the Sahitya Akademi Award& He won 13 Filmfare Awards.

Early life[edit]

Akhtar's 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.[1]

He studied in Colvin Taluqdars' College in Lucknow and the Minto Circle where he completed his matriculation from Aligarh Muslim University.[citation needed]

Career[edit]

Akhtar arrived in Mumbai on 4 October 1964.[citation needed] Occasionally he worked as an assistant.[citation needed]He struggled to get work in film industry between 1964–1970 but was not successful in any of his ventures till 1970.

Career (1971–1982)[edit]

Main article: Salim-Javed
Main article: Salim-Javed

Salim met Javed Akhthar for the first time during the making of the film Sarhadi Lootera. Salim was a small-time actor, and Sarhadi Lootera was one of the last films he acted in before he turned his attention to writing. Javed was a clapper boy for the film and was later made the dialogue writer as director S.M. Sagar was unable to find a dialogue writer. While working in this film their friendship began. Salim Khan used to assist writer/director Abrar Alvi at first and Javed Akhtar used to assist Kaifi Azmi. Abrar Alvi and Kaifi Azmi were neighbours, from there on Salim Khan and Javed Akhtar became friends. The duo hit it off well and formed a script-writing team that came to be known as Salim-Javed. Salim used to form stories and plots whereas Javed used to help Salim with the dialogues for those films. They used to brainstorm and come to conclusions regarding the final draft of the film.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 1982.

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 title. 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.[2] jJaved Akhtar accepted 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."[3] 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.

Their first big success was the script for Andaz, followed by Adhikar (1971), Haathi Mere Saathi andSeeta Aur Geeta (1972). They also had hits in Yaadon Ki Baaraat (1973), Zanjeer (1973), Haath Ki Safai (1974), Deewaar (1975), Sholay (1975), Premada Kaanike, Chacha Bhatija (1977), Don (1978), Trishul (1978), Manushulu Chesina Dongalu, Yugandhar, Dostana (1980), Kranti (1981), Zamana (1985) and Mr. India (1987). They have worked together in 24 films including 2 Telugu films – Manushulu Chesina Dongalu, Yugandhar and one Kannada film – Premada Kaanike. 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),Shaan (1980). Though they split in 1982, due to ego issues, some of the scripts they wrote were made into hit films later like Zamana and Mr. India. Salim-Javed, many a time described as "the most successful scriptwriters of all-time",[4] are also noted to be the first scriptwriters in Indian cinema to achieve star status.[5]

Career (1982–present)[edit]

Javed Akhthar started writing lyrics for films beginning with Silsila in 1981.[citation needed] After the split with Salim he wrote some scripts on his own.[citation needed]

Akhtar was nominated to the Parliament upper house Rajya Sabha on 16 November 2009.[6]

Personal life[edit]

"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."

—Akhtar talking about his religious beliefs.[7]

Akhtar is an atheist.[8][9] He has brought up his children Farhan and Zoya Akhtar also as atheists.[10]

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 is married to Adhuna Akhtar, a hair stylist.[11]

Javed divorced Irani, allegedly due to his relationship with Shabana Azmi, the daughter of another Urdu poet, Kaifi Azmi, whom he subsequently married.[12]

Awards[edit]

In 2013, he received the Sahitya Akademi Award in Urdu, India's second highest literary honour, for his poetry collection Lava.[13]

Filmography[edit]

As scriptwriter[edit]

Movies written as part of the Salim-Javed team are marked as such.

He has been awarded the Filmfare Best Lyricist Award eight times.

As lyricist[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Chopra, Anupama (2000). Sholay: The Making of a Classic. Penguin Books India. p. 16. ISBN 0-14-02997-0X. 
  2. ^ http://articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/2012-07-19/news-interviews/32731341_1_rajesh-khanna-consecutive-solo-superhits-record-in-indian-film
  3. ^ http://www.bollywoodhungama.com/movies/features/type/view/id/3718/
  4. ^ Sholay, through the eyes of Salim Khan, [1],Rediff.com
  5. ^ Ramesh Dawar (2003), Encyclopaedia of Hindi cinema, Encyclopaedia Britannica (India) Pvt. Ltd.
  6. ^ "Javed Akhtar, Dua nominated to Rajya Sabha – India – DNA". Dnaindia.com. 17 November 2009. Retrieved 3 March 2013. 
  7. ^ "Eye on England". Telegraphindia.com. 15 July 2012. Retrieved 16 December 2013. 
  8. ^ "Being: Javed Akhtar on the angry young man – Movies News – IBNLive". Ibnlive.in.com. 7 October 2007. Retrieved 3 March 2013. 
  9. ^ His bias and hatred towards right wing organization 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. ^ "10 Self-Proclaimed Celebrity Atheists | Entertainment | iDiva.com | Page 4". iDiva.com. Retrieved 16 December 2013. 
  11. ^ "Transcript of the Javed Akhtar Chat". rediff.com. Retrieved 3 March 2013. 
  12. ^ "Honey Irani on Divorce, Survival & Shabana Azmi". iDiva.com. Retrieved 3 March 2013. 
  13. ^ "Poets dominate Sahitya Akademi Awards 2013". Sahitya Akademi. 18 December 2013. Retrieved 18 December 2013.
  • Chopra, Anupama, Sholay – The Making of a Classic (Penguin Books) 2000 ISBN 0-14-029970-X

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