Javed Akhtar is an Indian poet, lyricist, & screenwriter. He is one of the most successful scriptwriters of Bollywood and is noted to be the first scriptwriters to achieve the star status.
Javed Akhtar Bio/Wiki
Lyricist, Screenwriter, Poet
Date of Birth
17 January 1945
Age (as in
Gwalior, Gwalior State, Central India Agency, British India
Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh
Jan Nisar Akhtar (Songwriter &
Safia Akhtar (Singer)
Salman Akhtar, Shahid Akhtar
Uneza Akhtar, Albina
Safiya College, Bhopal
Graduate in Arts
702/Sagar Samrat, Green Field Road, Near Juhu, Mumbai- 400049
As a Screenwriter (with Salim Khan): Andaaz (1971) As a Screenwriter (Solo): Betaab (1983) As a lyricist: Silsila (1981)
1), Awarded the Padma Shri in 1999. 2), Honored with Padma Bhushan in 2007. 3), 5-time National Award winner for Best Lyrics for the movies- Saaz (1996), Border (1997), 4), Godmother (1998), Refugee (2000) and Lagaan (2001). 5), In 2013, received the Sahitya Akademi Award (Urdu), India’s second-highest literary honor, for his poetry collection- ‘Lava’
Not many people know that Javed Akhtar’s parents initially gave him the name-“Jadoo”. Interestingly, the word Jadoo was taken from a poem written by his father. The particular line containing the word reads- “lamha, lamha kisi jadoo ka fascina Hoga.
In hopes of making it big in Bollywood, Akhtar came to Mumbai in 1964. However, he had no place to take refuge under. He spent days without any food, sleeping beneath the trees or in corridors before finally finding shelter at Kamal Amrohi Studio in Jogeshwari.
The future writing duo Salim-Javed (Salim Khan & Javed Akhtar) first met on the sets of the film ‘Sarhadi Lootera’ (1966), wherein Salim was an actor and Javed was a ‘clapper boy’. However, the latter was later promoted to the ‘position’ of dialogue-writer as the director was unable to find one.
Although they split up in 1982, some of the scripts that they had written by that time were later adapted into films like Zamana (1985) and Mr. India (1987).
Coincidentally, Akhtar and his first wife, Honey Irani, share the same date of birth- 17 January.