Javed Akhtar is an Indian poet, lyricist, film scriptwriter from Bellwood. He is best known for teaming up with
Salim Khan. Javed Akhtar came to recognition as a scriptwriter duo of Salim-Javed. Salim-Javed was instrumental in making of
Amitabh Bachchan the superstar and 'angry young' image in Indian cinema, While Salim had ideated stories, Javed used to write the dialogues. Javed Saab used to write in Urdu, which was written in Hindi by some assistant writers. In his initial days, Javed was an assistant to Urdu writer and film lyricist
Kaifi Azmi. Later, he married Kaifi Azmi’s daughter,
Shabana Azmi, after divorcing his first wife,
Honey Irani. Javed had married Honey Iran while he met her during the making of Seeta Aur Geeta.
Javed has two children,
Zoya Akhtar, and
Farhan Akhtar. When Salim-Javed approached Mr. Bachchan for Mr. India, Bachchan did not approve the project, and there was split in the partnership of Bachchan-Salim-Javed. After Mr. India, Salim-Javed never worked together again. Javed wrote a story for Ramesh Sippy’s Sagar. That is how the country’s famous scriptwriter ballgame in Bollywood almost came to an end. Later on, Javed took to writing songs and even dialogues. Javed Akhtar was introduced as film lyricist in
Yash Chopra’s Silsila; he had written all the best duet songs of Lata-
Kishore Kumar, which had ample scope for his talent as a lyrics writer. However, when Sholay-3D was released in 2013, the duo came together settling down their past differences. The scriptwriter duo Salim-Javed had given Indian cinema many successful projects such as ‘Sholay’, ‘
Deewar’ and they had parted when) for ego issues. In those days, script-writers were not given due credit on film posters but Salim-Javed initiated this trend in Indian cinema and started to print their names on every poster of the movie they have worked in. It was Yash Chopra who approached Javed to honor his film Silsila with his lyrics, after Silsila there was no looking back for Javed Akhtar as a songwriter. He has won five national awards as a lyricist-writer.
The Government of India has honored this writer for his contribution to Indian cinema with Padma Shri and Padma Bhushan. Javed is known for his political satire film ‘Main Azad Hoon’ which remains still one of his best as a movie writer. A Couple of his best songs can be included from films like Silsila, ‘1942-A Love Story’, ‘Veer Zaara’, 'Lagaan’, ‘
Jodhaa Akbar’ and so on. This famous personality of Indian cinema was born to Jan Nisar Akhtar and Safia Akhtar on January 17, 1945.