A Prolific Writer With Profound Expressions – Javed Akhtar

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He is the man of poetry. His world is amongst the Hindi and Urdu words. Yes, a man who in contemporary times is the most renowned writer of Bollywood and though a personality who remains behind the scene but a name which is familiar to all Bollywood fans.

Coming from a lineage of art and aesthetic, Javed Akhtar was born on 17th January 1945. Javed Akhtar had earned his initial fame by working with another writer Salim Khan whom he met during the making of the movie Sarhadi Lootera. The duo later teamed up and came to be popularly known as Salim – Javed. Records mark that the well versified Urdu writer used to script the dialogues for the movies.

With the duo the trend of the same writer for screenplay, story and dialogues began. The chance was bestowed upon them because of the actor Rajesh Khanna who offered them to work on the script of Haathi Mere Saathi. Andaz, Seeta Aur Geeta, Yaadon Ki Baaraat, Deewar, Sholay, Don, Kranti, Mr. India, together they have worked on 24 movies proving to be the best writers of their time.

A poet, who is spontaneous to put emotions into thread of words, is magical when heard with the touch of music in it. Lyrics which are the essentials of a song, count as a strong essence of Javed Akhtar’s contribution to Hindi cinema. His work as a lyricist is immense and his poetry is a heart touching element in a piece of art. For his contribution he was awarded the Sahitya Akademi Award, Padma Shri (1999) and Padma Bhushan (2007).

Javed Akhtar is the father of Farhan Akhtar, a director, actor and a singer in Bollywood, and Zoya Akhtar, again a Bollywood film director. The father many a times have teamed up with his children for a film project. He is married to Shabana Azmi who is the daughter of Urdu poet Kaifi Azmi.

The Songpedia wishes him a great birthday on behalf of his fans and wish him all the good health and lots more success in the upcoming years of his life.

Sharing a few songs for which the lyrics were penned down by the one and only Javed Akhtar

‘Saagar Kinare’ from the movie Saagar


‘Tumko Dekha To Yeh Khayal Aaya’ from the movie Saath Saath 


‘Keh Do Ki Tum Ho Meri’ from Tezaab


‘Kaate Nahi Kat Te’ from Mr. India


‘Ghar Se Nikalte Hi’ from Papa Kehte Hain


‘Ke Ghar Kab Aaoge’ from Border


‘Meri Saason Me Basa Hai’ from Aur Pyar Ho Gaya


‘Panchi Nadiyan Ke Jhoke’ from Refugee

‘Har Ghadi Badal Rahi Hai’ from Kal Ho Na Ho


‘Aao Na’ from Kyu Ho Gaya Na


‘Tanhayee’- Dil Chahta Hai, a collaboration with his son Farhan Akhtar


‘Khwabon Ke Parindey’ from Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara, a film directed by his daughter Zoya Akhtar

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