A tribute to the legendary Javed Akhtar

If you are ever impressed by the rich lyrics of a Bollywood song, you probably are listening to one of Javed Akhter’s writings. This extremely talented writer turns a year older and we are more than fortunate to have him be a part of this industry.

Javed Akhtar was born in the year 1945. That makes him 69 today. He began his career during his teenage. He had to go through a lot of difficulties during his initial days in the industry. It was only in the 70s that Javed Akhtar saw a ray of hope penetrating his dark world of struggle.

In the beginning of the 70s, Javed Akhtar decided to make a smart move by teaming up with Salim Khan, another famous screenwriter of Bollywood. The duo, Salim-Javed, became immensely popular and their work began getting noticed. They wrote stories for films before they decided to part ways in the 80s.

After the split, Javed Akhtar went to write lyrics for songs. he realised this is his cup of tea and focussed his attention on becoming a lyricist. He has writer lyrics for more than 75 films. He is an award winning scriptwriter and lyricist.

Javed Akhtar was married to Honey Irani. They have two children Zoya Akhtar and Farhan Akhtar. Both of them are established directors and actors in the industry. Javed Akhtar divorced his wife Honey Irani before moving on and marrying Shabana Azmi.

Javed Akhtar has worked in films like Haathi Mere Saathi, Seeta Aur Geeta, Yaadon Ki Baaraat, Zanjeer, Sholay, Don, Dostana, Mr. India, Chalte Chalte, Kuch Naa Kaho, Kal Ho Naa Ho, Ta Ra Rum Pum, Talaash etc.

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