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Akhtar in 2010
|Spouse(s)|| Honey Irani (divorced); 2 children|
Shabana Azmi (m. 1984)
|Children|| Zoya Akhtar |
|Honours|| Padma Shri (1999)|
Padma Bhushan (2007)
Javed Akhtar (born 17 January 1945) is an Indian poet, lyricist and screenwriter. He is a recipient of the Padma Shri (1999), Padma Bhushan (2007),the Sahitya Akademi Award as well as five National Film Awards.
A screenplay writer, scriptwriter or scenarist, is a writer who practices the craft of screenwriting, writing screenplays on which mass media, such as films, television programs and video games, are based.
Padma Shri is the fourth highest civilian award in the Republic of India, after the Bharat Ratna, the Padma Vibhushan and the Padma Bhushan. It is awarded by the Government of India, every year on India's Republic Day.
The Padma Bhushan is the third-highest civilian award in the Republic of India, preceded by the Bharat Ratna and the Padma Vibhushan and followed by the Padma Shri. Instituted on 2 January 1954, the award is given for "distinguished service of a high order...without distinction of race, occupation, position or sex." The award criteria include "service in any field including service rendered by Government servants" including doctors and scientists, but exclude those working with the public sector undertakings. As of 2019, the award has been bestowed on 1254 individuals, including twenty-one posthumous and ninety-six non-citizen recipients.
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 spent most of his childhood and was schooled in Lucknow. He graduated from Saifiya College in Bhopal.
Gwalior is a major city in the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh and one of the Counter-magnet cities. Located 343 kilometres (213 mi) south of Delhi, the capital city of India, 120 kilometres (75 mi) from Agra and 414 kilometres (257 mi) from Bhopal, the state capital, Gwalior occupies a strategic location in the Gird region of India. The city and its fortress have been ruled by several historic northern Indian kingdoms. From the Kachchhapaghatas in the 10th century, Tomars in the 13th century, it was passed on to the Mughal Empire, then to the Maratha in 1754, followed by the Scindia in the 18th century. A study of urban pollution in 2016 found the city to have the highest level of air pollution in India, and the second highest in the world.
Jan Nisar Akhtar was an important 20th century Indian poet of Urdu ghazals and nazms, and a part of the Progressive Writers' Movement, who was also a lyricist for Bollywood.
Iftikhar Hussain, known by his pen name Muztar Khairabadi, was an Indian Urdu poet.
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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 titles. 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 stated 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."
Their first big success was the script for Andaz, followed by Adhikar (1971), Haathi Mere Saathi and Seeta Aur Geeta (1972). They also had hits with Yaadon Ki Baaraat (1973), Zanjeer (1973), Haath Ki Safai (1974), Deewaar (1975), Sholay (1975), Chacha Bhatija (1977), Don (1978), Trishul (1978), Dostana (1980), Kranti (1981), Zamana (1985) and Mr. India (1987). They have worked together in 24 films including two Kannada films – Premada Kanike and Raja Nanna Raja . 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) and Shaan (1980). Though they split in 1982, due to ego issues, some of the scripts they wrote were made into hit films later, such as 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.
Andaz is a 1971 Indian Bollywood romantic drama film, directed by Ramesh Sippy, and written by Salim-Javed, Gulzar and Sachin Bhowmick. It stars Shammi Kapoor, Hema Malini, Rajesh Khanna and Simi Garewal.
Haathi Mere Saathi is a 1971 Indian Hindi-language film, directed by M. A. Thirumugam, with screenplay written by Salim-Javed and dialogues by Inder Raj Anand. The movie has a Disneyesque appeal with an Indian twist. Haathi Mere Saathi was the biggest hit of 1971 going by box office collections, and was also critically acclaimed. The film stars Rajesh Khanna and Tanuja. The film at that point in time was the biggest hit ever made by a South Indian producer in Hindi.
Seeta aur Geeta is a 1972 Indian Bollywood comedy-drama film, written by Salim-Javed and directed by Ramesh Sippy. It stars Hema Malini, Dharmendra and Sanjeev Kumar in leading roles, and features music composed by R.D. Burman.
Akhtar was nominated to the Parliament upper house Rajya Sabha on 16 November 2009.
Akhtar was a Muslimbut later became an atheist. He has brought up his children Farhan and Zoya Akhtar as atheists.
Farhan Akhtar is an Indian film director, screenwriter, actor, playback singer, producer, and television host. Born in Mumbai to screenwriters Javed Akhtar and Honey Irani, he grew up under the influence of the Hindi film industry. He began his career in Bollywood by working as an assistant director in Lamhe (1991) and Himalay Putra (1997).
Zoya Akhtar is an Indian film director and screenwriter. After completing a diploma in filmmaking from NYU, she assisted directors such as Mira Nair, Tony Gerber and Dev Benegal, before turning writer-director in her own right.
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.
Javed divorced Irani and later married Shabana Azmi, the daughter of Urdu poet, Kaifi Azmi.On February 2019, Akhtar canceled his visit to attend an event in Karachi organized by the Karachi Arts Council due to the Pulwama attack.
In November 2017, Akhtar and his wife actress Shabana Azmi during a public interview had stated that Hindus needed to stand up against royal families of Rajasthan protesting against Sanjay Leela Bhansali alleged distortion of the biopic of Queen Padmavati [ disambiguation needed ]. They also stated that the royal families never fought against the British and were now protesting against the movie .
Akhtar 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.
|1996||National Film Awards||Best Lyrics||Won||Saaz|
|1997||National Film Awards||Best Lyrics||Won||Border|
|1998||National Film Awards||Best Lyrics||Won||Godmother|
|2000||National Film Awards||Best Lyrics||Won||Refugee|
|2001||National Film Awards||Best Lyrics||Won||Lagaan|
|1995||Filmfare Awards||Best Lyrics||Won||"Ek Ladki Ko Dekha" from 1942: A Love Story|
|1997||Filmfare Awards||Best Lyrics||Won||"Ghar Se Nikalte" from Papa Kehte Hai|
|1989||Filmfare Awards||Best Lyrics||Nominated||"Ek Do Teen" from Tezaab|
|1990||Filmfare Awards||Best Dialogue||Won||Main Azaad Hoon|
|1998||Filmfare Awards||Best Lyrics||Won||"Sandese Aate Hai" from Border|
|1998||Filmfare Awards||Best Lyrics||Nominated||"Chand Taare" from Yes Boss|
|1999||Filmfare Awards||Best Lyrics||Nominated||"Mere Mehboob Mere Sanam" from Duplicate|
|1984||Filmfare Awards||Best Story||Nominated||Betaab|
|1985||Filmfare Awards||Best Story||Nominated||Mashaal|
|1986||Filmfare Awards||Best Story||Nominated||Arjun|
|2001||Filmfare Awards||Best Lyrics||Won||"Panchchi Nadiyaan" from Refugee|
|2002||Filmfare Awards||Best Lyrics||Won||"Radha Kaise Naa Jale" from Lagaan|
|2002||Filmfare Awards||Best Lyrics||Nominated||"Mitwa" from Lagaan|
|2011||Mirchi Music Awards||Album of The Year||Nominated||Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara|
|Lyricist of The Year||Won||"Khwabon Ke Parindey" from Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara|
|Nominated||"Senorita" from Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara|
|2012||Won||"Jee Le Zara" from Talaash|
|2014||Lifetime Achievement Award||Won||-|
|2015||Album of The Year||Nominated||Dil Dhadakne Do|
|Lyricist of The Year||Nominated||"Phir Bhi Yeh Zindagi" from Dil Dhadakne Do|
|1971||Andaz||Hindi-Urdu||Ramesh Sippy||Rajesh Khanna, Hema Malini, Shammi Kapoor, Simi Garewal||Written as "Salim-Javed"|
|1971||Adhikar||Hindi-Urdu||S.M. Sagar||Ashok Kumar, Nanda, Deb Mukherjee||Written as "Salim-Javed"|
|1971||Haathi Mere Saathi||Hindi-Urdu||M. A. Thirumugham||Rajesh Khanna, Tanuja||Written as "Salim-Javed"|
|1972||Seeta Aur Geeta||Hindi-Urdu||Ramesh Sippy||Hema Malini, Dharmendra, Sanjeev Kumar||Written as "Salim-Javed"|
|1973||Yaadon Ki Baaraat||Hindi-Urdu||Nasir Hussain||Dharmendra, Vijay Arora, Tariq Khan||Written as "Salim-Javed"|
|1973||Zanjeer||Hindi-Urdu||Prakash Mehra||Amitabh Bachchan, Jaya Bhaduri, Pran||Written as "Salim-Javed"|
|1974||Majboor||Hindi-Urdu||Ravi Tandon||Amitabh Bachchan, Parveen Babi, Pran||Written as "Salim-Javed"|
|1974||Haath Ki Safai||Hindi-Urdu||Prakash Mehra||Randhir Kapoor, Vinod Khanna, Hema Malini, Simi Garewal, Ranjeet||Written as "Salim-Javed"|
|1975||Deewaar||Hindi-Urdu||Yash Chopra||Amitabh Bachchan, Shashi Kapoor, Parveen Babi, Neetu Singh||Written as "Salim-Javed"|
|1975||Sholay||Hindi-Urdu||Ramesh Sippy||Dharmendra, Amitabh Bachchan, Sanjeev Kumar, Hema Malini, Jaya Bhaduri||Written as "Salim-Javed"|
|1975||Aakhri Dao||Hindi-Urdu||A. Salaam||Jeetendra, Saira Banu, Danny Denzongpa||Written as "Salim-Javed"|
|1976||Premada Kanike||Kannada||V. Somashekhar||Rajkumar, Aarathi||Written as "Salim-Javed"|
|1976||Raja Nanna Raja||Kannada||A. V. Seshagiri Rao||Rajkumar, Aarathi||Written as "Salim-Javed"|
|1977||Immaan Dharam||Hindi-Urdu||Desh Mukherjee||Amitabh Bachchan, Shashi Kapoor, Sanjeev Kumar, Rekha||Written as "Salim-Javed"|
|1977||Chacha Bhatija||Hindi-Urdu||Manmohan Desai||Dharmendra, Randhir Kapoor, Hema Malini||Written as "Salim-Javed"|
|1978||Trishul||Hindi-Urdu||Yash Chopra||Amitabh Bachchan, Sanjeev Kumar, Shashi Kapoor, Hema Malini||Written as "Salim-Javed"|
|1978||Don||Hindi-Urdu||Chandra Barot||Written as "Salim-Javed"|
|1979||Kaala Patthar||Hindi-Urdu||Yash Chopra||Amitabh Bachchan||Written as "Salim-Javed"|
|1980||Dostana||Hindi-Urdu||Raj Khosla||Written as "Salim-Javed"|
|1980||Shaan||Hindi-Urdu||Ramesh Sippy||Written as "Salim-Javed"|
|1981||Kranti||Hindi-Urdu||Manoj Kumar||Written as "Salim-Javed"|
|1982||Shakti||Hindi-Urdu||Ramesh Sippy||Dilip Kumar, Amitabh Bachchan, Raakhee, Anil Kapoor||Written as "Salim-Javed"|
|1985||Zamana||Hindi-Urdu||Ramesh Talwar||Rajesh Khanna, Rishi Kapoor, Poonam Dhillon, Ranjeeta Kaur||Written as "Salim-Javed"|
|1987||Mr. India||Hindi-Urdu||Shekhar Kapur||Anil Kapoor, Sridevi, Amrish Puri||Written as "Salim-Javed"|
|1983||Betaab||Hindi-Urdu||Rahul Rawail||Sunny Deol, Amrita Singh||Written as "Javed Akhtar"|
|1984||Duniya||Hindi-Urdu||Ramesh Talwar||Dilip Kumar, Rishi Kapoor, Amrita Singh||Written as "Javed Akhtar"|
|1984||Mashaal||Hindi-Urdu||Yash Chopra||Dilip Kumar, Anil Kapoor||Written as "Javed Akhtar"|
|1985||Saagar||Hindi-Urdu||Ramesh Sippy||Rishi Kapoor, Kamal Haasan||Written as "Javed Akhtar"|
|1985||Arjun||Hindi-Urdu||Rahul Rawail||Sunny Deol, Dimple Kapadia||Written as "Javed Akhtar"|
|1985||Meri Jung||Hindi-Urdu||Subhash Ghai||Anil Kapoor, Meenakshi Sheshadri||Written as "Javed Akhtar"|
|1987||Dacait||Hindi-Urdu||Rahul Rawail||Sunny Deol, Raakhee||Written as "Javed Akhtar"|
|1989||Main Azaad Hoon||Hindi-Urdu||Tinnu Anand||Amitabh Bachchan, Shabana Azmi||Written as "Javed Akhtar"|
|1992||Khel||Hindi-Urdu||Rakesh Roshan||Anil Kapoor, Madhuri Dixit||Written as "Javed Akhtar"|
|1993||Roop Ki Rani Choron Ka Raja||Hindi-Urdu||Satish Kaushik||Anil Kapoor, Sridevi||Written as "Javed Akhtar"|
|1995||Prem||Hindi||Satish Kaushik||Sanjay Kapoor, Tabu|
|1998||Kabhi Na Kabhi||Hindi||Priyadarshan||Anil Kapoor, Jackie Shroff|
|2004||Lakshya||Hindi-Urdu||Farhan Akhtar||Hrithik Roshan, Preity Zinta||Written as "Javed Akhtar"|
|2006||Don: The Chase Begins Again||Hindi-Urdu||Farhan Akhtar||Shah Rukh Khan, Priyanka Chopra||Written as "Javed Akhtar"|
Shabana Azmi is an Indian actress of film, television and theatre. The daughter of poet Kaifi Azmi and stage actress Shaukat Azmi, she is an alumna of Film and Television Institute of India of Pune. Azmi made her film debut in 1974 and soon became one of the leading actresses of Parallel Cinema, a new-wave movement known for its serious content and neo-realism and received government patronage during the times. Regarded as one of the finest actresses in India, Azmi's performances in films in a variety of genres have generally earned her praise and awards, which include a record of five wins of the National Film Award for Best Actress and several international honours. She has also received five Filmfare Awards, and was honored among "women in cinema" at the 30th International Film Festival of India. In 1988, the Government of India awarded her with Padma Shri, the fourth highest civilian honour of the country.
Sayyid Akhtar Hussein Rizvi, known as Kaifi Azmi, was an Indian Urdu poet. He is remembered as the one who brought Urdu literature to Indian motion pictures. Together with Pirzada Qasim, Jon Elia and others he participated in the most memorable mushairas of the twentieth century.
Salim Abdul Rashid Khan, also known as Salim Khan, is an Indian film actor, producer and screenwriter. As a screenwriter, he wrote the screenplays, stories and scripts for numerous Bollywood films. In Hindi cinema, Khan is best known for being one half of the prolific screenwriting duo of Salim-Javed, along with Javed Akhtar. The duo Salim-Javed were the first Indian screenwriters to achieve star status, becoming the most successful Indian screenwriters of all time, and are regarded as "Hindi cinema's greatest screenwriters". While working together, Salim Khan was largely responsible for developing the stories and characters, while Javed Akhtar was largely responsible for developing the dialogues.
Salim-Javed were a screenwriting duo in the Indian film industry, composed of Salim Khan and Javed Akhtar. They are noted for being the first Indian screenwriters to achieve star status, becoming the most successful Indian screenwriters of all time. They are regarded as "Hindi cinema's greatest screenwriters". They worked together on 24 films during 1971–1987, of which twenty were commercially and critically successful films. They worked together on 22 Bollywood films, as well as two Kannada films.
Muqtida Hasan Nida Fazli, known as Nida Fazli, was a prominent Indian Hindi and Urdu poet, lyricist and dialogue writer. He was awarded the Padma Shri in 2013 by the government of India for his contribution to literature.
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Excel Entertainment is an Indian film production and distribution company, founded by Ritesh Sidhwani and Farhan Akhtar in 1999. Based in Mumbai, Excel Entertainment produces and distributes Hindi films, and has branched out into web series.
Honey Irani is an Indian film actress and screenwriter, who works in Hindi cinema. She started her career as a child actor with roles in films such as Chirag Kahan Roshni Kahan and Bombay Ka Chor.
Tehzeeb is a 2003 Indian drama film directed by Khalid Mohammed. It premiered on 21 November 2003. The film stars Shabana Azmi, Urmila Matondkar, Diya Mirza, Arjun Rampal and Rishi Kapoor in a special appearance. Urmila and Shabana were praised for their roles. It was inspired by Ingmar Bergman's Swedish drama Autumn Sonata (1978), and was dedicated to Bergman.
Rajinder Singh Bedi was an Indian Urdu writer of the progressive writers' movement and a playwright, who later worked in Hindi cinema as a film director, screenwriter and dialogue writer.
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The Salim Khan family refers to the family of Salim Khan which is a prominent Indian show business family, and is one of the prominent Bollywood film clans. Multiple members of the family have been actors, screenwriters, film directors and producers in the Hindi film industry of India. Salim Khan, one half of the duo Salim-Javed, is one the most famous screenwriters in the history of Indian cinema. His son, actor Salman Khan, has been the prominent face of the family since the 1990s, as one of the three biggest Bollywood movie stars.
Inder Raj Anand was an Indian film dialogue and screenwriter in Hindi cinema, who worked on many Raj Kapoor films, starting with Aag (1948), Aah (1953), Anari (1959) and Sangam (1963). While formally referred to as Hindi films, he was actually an Urdu writer, writing his scripts and dialogues in Urdu.
Gabbar Singh is a fictional character, the antagonist of the 1975 Bollywood film Sholay. Gabbar Singh alias Gabra was born in 1926 in Dang village of Bhind district, a Gujjar by caste. He was written by duo Salim-Javed, consisting of Salim Khan and Javed Akhtar.
Haathi Mere Saathi is an unreleased Indian tri-language film directed by Prabhu Solomon. It features Rana Daggubati, Zoya Hussain, Shriya Pilgaonkar, Vishnu Vishal and Pulkit Samrat in the lead roles. The film is simultaneously being shot in Hindi, Telugu, and Tamil with a different cast across languages. The movie is titled 'Kaadan' in Tamil and 'Aranya' in Telugu. The conflict arises when a corporate giant threatens to destroy the jungle and the eco-system of elephants, a son of the soil, the protector of the forest, rises to protect his home – the forest. The animals and herd of elephants come to his rescue, will they succeed? The movie is a tribute of sorts to the late legendary actor Rajesh Khanna but will have an entirely fresh storyline. The film was announced on 13 December 2017 with the first look released on 1 January 2018.
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.
JA: I write dialogue in Urdu, but the action and descriptions are in English. Then an assistant transcribes the Urdu dialogue into Devnagari because most people read Hindi. But I write in Urdu.
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