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17 January 1945 |
Gwalior, Central India Agency, British India
|Occupation||Poet, lyricist, scriptwriter|
|Spouse(s)||Honey Irani (divorced); 2 children
Shabana Azmi (m. 1984)
Javed Akhtar (Hindi: जावेद अख़्तर, 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 and 1982. He is a recipient of the Padma Shri (1999), Padma Bhushan (2007), the Sahitya Akademi Award as well as thirteen Filmfare Awards.
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 graduated from Saifiya College in Bhopal.
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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 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. Javed 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." 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 25 films including 2 Telugu films – Manushulu Chesina Dongalu, Yugandhar and two Kannada films – Premada Kanike and Raja Nanna Raja. Of the 25 films they wrote 21 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", 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 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.
Awards and Nominations
Akhthar 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.
- Teamed as Salim-Javed
- As Javed Akhtar
|1983||Betaab||Hindi||Rahul Rawail||Sunny Deol, Amrita Singh||Written as "Javed Akhtar"|
|1984||Duniya||Hindi||Ramesh Talwar||Dilip Kumar, Rishi Kapoor, Amrita Singh||Written as "Javed Akhtar"|
|1984||Mashaal||Hindi||Yash Chopra||Dilip Kumar, Anil Kapoor||Written as "Javed Akhtar"|
|1985||Saagar||Hindi||Ramesh Sippy||Rishi Kapoor, Kamal Haasan||Written as "Javed Akhtar"|
|1985||Arjun||Hindi||Rahul Rawail||Sunny Deol, Dimple Kapadia||Written as "Javed Akhtar"|
|1985||Meri Jung||Hindi||Subhash Ghai||Anil Kapoor, Meenakshi Sheshadri||Written as "Javed Akhtar"|
|1987||Dacait||Hindi||Rahul Rawail||Sunny Deol, Raakhee||Written as "Javed Akhtar"|
|1989||Main Azaad Hoon||Hindi||Tinnu Anand||Amitabh Bachchan, Shabana Azmi||Written as "Javed Akhtar"|
|1992||Khel||Hindi||Rakesh Roshan||Anil Kapoor, Madhuri Dixit||Written as "Javed Akhtar"|
|1993||Roop Ki Rani Choron Ka Raja||Hindi||Satish Kaushik||Anil Kapoor, Sridevi||Written as "Javed Akhtar"|
|1995||Prem||Hindi||Satish Kaushik||Sanjay Kapoor, Tabu|
|2004||Lakshya||Hindi||Farhan Akhtar||Hrithik Roshan, Preity Zinta||Written as "Javed Akhtar"|
|2006||Don: The Chase Begins Again||Hindi||Farhan Akhtar||Shah Rukh Khan, Priyanka Chopra||Written as "Javed Akhtar"|
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- David John Matthews, ed. (2001). Quiver: Poems and Ghazals. HarperCollins. ISBN 978-81-7223-437-9.
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- Shivam, Vij (16 March 2016). "What Javed Akhtar Is Missing When He Attacks Owaisi". HP Desk. The Huffington Post (India). Retrieved 25 March 2016.
- "Being: Javed Akhtar on the angry young man – Movies News – IBNLive". Ibnlive.in.com. 7 October 2007. Retrieved 3 March 2013.
- 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 Self-Proclaimed Celebrity Atheists | Entertainment | iDiva.com | Page 4". iDiva.com. Retrieved 16 December 2013.
- "Transcript of the Javed Akhtar Chat". rediff.com. Retrieved 3 March 2013.
- "Honey Irani on Divorce, Survival & Shabana Azmi". iDiva.com. Retrieved 3 March 2013.
- "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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