Lyricist Javed Akhtar Turns 74

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Today is Javed Akhtar’s birthday. He is not only a lyricist but also a poet and screenwriter. In the 1970s, he had worked with Salim Khan (Salman Khan’s father) as a partner in writing scripts for movies like Sholey (1975). They broke up in the 1980s. A Padma Shri Awardee (1999), he has also received Padma Bhushan (2007), Sahitya Akademi Award and 5 National Film Awards.

His father was a famous Bollywood songwriter and Urdu poet called Jan Nisar Akhtar. His mother Safia was a singer, writer and teacher. His grandfather Muztar Khairabadi was a poet. Javed Akhtar’s great-grandfather Fazl-e-Haq Khairabadi was an Islamic Scholar and had participated in the 1857 uprising or the First Indian Independence Movement.

Javed Akhtar’s father initially named him as Jadoo, which comes from a line of his own poem – Lamha lamha kisi jadoo ka fasana hoga. Jadoo was then changed to Javed, which was the nearest word to it.

Bollywood and Javed Akhtar: I have really loved his songs because they come from seemingly simple words. Only he can make songs from mundane things like numbers Ek do teen… I am sharing some of my favorite songs penned by him.

Hawa Hawaii… Mr. India (1987)

Ek do teen… Tezaab (1988)

Keh do ke tum ho meri varna… Tezaab (1988)

Jane kyon… Dil Chahta Hai (2001)

Mujhko chand lake do… Khel (1992)

Radha kaise na jale… Lagaan (2001)

Tu roop ki rani… Roop Ki Rani Choron Ka Raja (1993)

Ghar se nikalte hi kuch door chalte hi… Papa Kehte Hain (1996)

Saagar kinare… Saagar (1985)

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