Javed Akhtar – Photo: Amar Ujala, Mumbai
Today is the birthday of Bollywood legendary lyricist Javed Akhtar. Javed was born in Gwalior, Madhya Pradesh. Javed Akhtar was born on January 17, 1945. Javed Akhtar’s real name is magic. Javed’s father Jan Nisar Akhtar is a well known lyricist for Hindi cinema and his mother Saifia Akhtar is a singer-songwriter. Javed Akhtar lost his mother at a very young age and his father remarried after that.
Salim Khan, Javed Akhtar – Photo: Amar Ujala, Mumbai
When Javed came to Mumbai for a career in movies he did not even have money to eat. So he is hiding in Kamal Amrohi studio. Had to work very hard to work in the world of Hindi cinema. Shortly afterwards Javed got a job as a clapper boy in movies. He met Salim Khan during the shooting of ‘Sarhadi Lootera’. The Salim Khan and Javed Akhtar duo have provided the industry with many powerful stories like Sholay, Barat and Deewar.
Amjad Khan, Salim Khan, Javed Akhtar – Photo: File
Together they wrote scripts for almost 24 films, of which only 4 stories flopped. The 20 stories co-written with them created panic on screen. However, Javed and Salim separated in 1982 due to personal reasons.
Javed Akhtar – Photo: Social Media
Javed’s writings have been strong since childhood. In an interview, he said that people used to come to him to write love letters during school hours. He also writes love letters to strangers. He was in great demand in writing love letters.
Shabana Azmi and Javed Akhtar with Zoya Akhtar and Farhan Akhtar – Photo: Amar Ujala Mumbai
Javed Akhtar’s first wife’s name is Honey Irani. Javed Honey met Irani during the movie ‘Sita Aur Geeta’. Jeetak married Javed Honey on condition that the film would be a hit. There is a 10 year age difference between the two. But the two loved each other very much. Years later Javed started getting good work done. Soon Honey became the mother of daughter Zoya. Honey and Javed became parents to their son Farhan Akhtar in 1974.