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Javed Akhtar

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Javed Akhtar (born 17 January 1945) is an Indian political activist, poet, lyricist and screenwriter, originally from Gwalior area. He is a recipient of the Padma Shri (1999), Padma Bhushan (2007), the Sahitya Akademi Award as well as five National Film Awards. In early part of his career he was a screenplay writer, creating movies like Deewar, Janzeer and Sholay. Later he left screenplay writing and became a lyricist and social-political activist . He also remained member of Rajya Sabha 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 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 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. Akhtar was a Muslim but later became an atheist. He has brought up his children Farhan and Zoya Akhtar as atheists. 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 married Shabana Azmi, the daughter of Urdu poet, Kaifi Azmi and later divorced Irani. On February 2019, Akhtar canceled his visit to attend an event in Karachi organized by the Karachi Arts Council due to the Pulwama attack. Akhtar was greatly inspired by Pakistani author Ibn-e-Safi Urdu novels, which he grew up reading as a child. Akhtar was particularly influenced by the Jasoosi Dunya and Imran series of detective novels, such as The House of Fear (1955). He was influenced by their fast action, tight plots, economies of expression, fascinating characters with catchy memorable names, and speaking styles. Two of the earliest films he remembered watching both starred Dilip Kumar: Shaheed Latif"s Arzoo (1950) and Mehboob Khan"s Aan (1952). Other films that influenced him as a child include Bimal Roy - Do Bigha Zameen (1953), Satyen Bose Jagriti (1954), Shree 420 (1955) directed by Raj Kapoor and written by Khwaja Ahmad Abbas, Munimji (1955) directed by Subodh Mukherjee and written by Nasir Hussain, and Mehboob Khan Mother India (1957). Awards & Nominations : 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. In 2019, he was conferred with an honorary doctorate (Doctor of Letters) by the Jamia Hamdard University. 1990 - Filmfare Awards - Best Dialogue - Main Azaad Hoon 1995 - Filmfare Awards - Best Lyrics - "Ek Ladki Ko Dekha" from 1942: A Love Story 1996 - National Film Awards - Best Lyrics - Saaz 1997 - Filmfare Awards - Best Lyrics - "Ghar Se Nikalte" from Papa Kehte Hai 1997 - National Film Awards - Best Lyrics - Border 1998 - Filmfare Awards - Best Lyrics - "Sandese Aate Hai" from Border 1998 - National Film Awards - Best Lyrics - Godmother 2000 - National Film Awards - Best Lyrics - Refugee 2001 - National Film Awards - Best Lyrics - Lagaan 2001 - Filmfare Awards - Best Lyrics - "Panchchi Nadiyaan" from Refugee 2002 - Filmfare Awards - Best Lyrics - "Radha Kaise Naa Jale" from Lagaan Mirchi Music Awards : 2011 - Album of the Year - "Khwabon Ke Parindey" from Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara 2012 - Lyricist of the Year - "Jee Le Zara" from Talaash 2014 - Lifetime Achievement Award Films : As Screenwriter with Salim : 1971 - Andaz - Ramesh Sippy 1971 - Adhikar - S.M. Sagar 1971 - Haathi Mere Saathi - M. A. Thirumugham 1972 - Seeta Aur Geeta - Ramesh Sippy 1973 - Yaadon Ki Baaraat - Nasir Hussain 1973 - Zanjeer - Prakash Mehra 1974 - Majboor - Ravi Tandon 1974 - Haath Ki Safai - Prakash Mehra 1975 - Deewaar - Yash Chopra 1975 - Sholay - Ramesh Sippy 1975 - Aakhri Dao - A. Salaam 1976 - Premada Kanike - V. Somashekhar(Kannada) 1976 - Raja Nanna Raja - A. V. Seshagiri Rao(Kannada) 1977 - Immaan Dharam - Desh Mukherjee 1977 - Chacha Bhatija - Manmohan Desai 1978 - Trishul - Yash Chopra 1978 - Don - Chandra Barot 1979 - Kaala Patthar - Yash Chopra 1980 - Dostana - Raj Khosla 1980 - Shaan - Ramesh Sippy 1981 - Kranti - Manoj Kumar 1982 - Shakti - Ramesh Sippy 1985 - Zamana - Ramesh Talwar 1987 - Mr. India - Shekhar Kapur Own Writings : 1983 - Betaab - Rahul Rawail 1984 - Duniya - Ramesh Talwar 1984 - Mashaal - Yash Chopra 1985 - Saagar - Ramesh Sippy 1985 - Arjun - Rahul Rawail 1985 - Meri Jung - Subhash Ghai 1987 - Dacait - Rahul Rawail 1989 - Main Azaad Hoon - Tinnu Anand 1992 - Khel - Rakesh Roshan 1993 - Roop Ki Rani Choron Ka Raja - Satish Kaushik 1995 - Prem - Satish Kaushik 1998 - Kabhi Na Kabhi - Priyadarshan 2004 - Lakshya - Farhan Akhtar 2006 - Don: The Chase Begins Again - Farhan Akhtar As Lyricist : • Silsila (1981) • Duniya (1984) • Saagar • 1942: A Love Story • Dil Chahta Hai • Saath-Saath • Narsimha (1991) • Mashaal • Sailaab • Mr India • Tezaab • Hafta Bandh • Jaadugar • Joshilaay • Arjun • Roop Ki Rani Choron Ka Raja • Yugandhar • Jamai Raja • Khel • Gardish • Papa Kehte Hai • Border • Sapnay (Dubbed version) • Virasat • Mrityudand • Dastak • Sardari Begum • Saaz • Mil Gayee Manzil Mujhe • Diljale • Yes Boss • Darmiyaan: In Between • Aur Pyaar Ho Gaya • Wajood • Kabhi Na Kabhi • Drohi • Jeans (Dubbed version) • Bada Din • Duplicate • Laawaris • Godmother • Baadshah • Arjun Pandit • 1947 Earth • Dillagi • Phir Bhi Dil Hai Hindustani • Refugee • Karobaar • Hamara Dil Aapke Paas Hai • Raja Ko Rani Se Pyar Ho Gaya • Champion • Gang • Pyar Ki Dhun • Zubeidaa • Lagaan • Abhay • Moksha • Agni Varsha • Mere Yaar Ki Shaadi Hai • Badhaai Ho Badhaai • Yeh Kya Ho Raha Hai? • Satta • Love at Times Square • The Hero: Love Story of a Spy • Armaan • Chalte Chalte • Kuch Naa Kaho • Kal Ho Naa Ho • L O C Kargil • Tehzeeb • Main Hoon Na (2004) • Veer-Zaara (2004) • Lakshya • Charas • Kyun! Ho Gaya Na • Dobara • Swades • Kisna: The Warrior Poet • Bose: The Forgotten Hero • Mangal Pandey: The Rising • Dil Jo Bhi Kahey • Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna • Don: The Chase Begins Again • Namastey London • Ta Ra Rum Pum • Dhan Dhana Dhan Goal • Welcome • Om Shanti Om • Jodhaa Akbar • Rock On!! • Luck by Chance (2009) • What"s Your Raashee? (2009) • Wake Up Sid (2009) • Karthik Calling Karthik (2010) • Khelein Hum Jee Jaan Sey (2010) • Aisha (2010) • Red Alert: The War Within (2010) • Prem Kaa Game (2010) • Don 2: The King is Back (2011) • Traffic Signal (2009) • Ekk Deewana Tha (2012) • Talaash (2012) • Vishwaroop (2013) • Mohenjo Daro (2016) • Raees (2017) • Dil Dhadakne Do (2015) • Rock On 2 • Paltan (2018) • Namastey England (2018) • Gully Boy (2019
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