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Birthday bumps: Javed Akhtar

Movies | Riddhi Doshi | January 17, 2011, 12:36 pm
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 He was born as Jadoo Akhtar in Gwalior to Jan Nisar Akhtar, a Bollywood film songwriter and Urdu poet, and singer Safia Akhtar, a teacher and writer.
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He was born as Jadoo Akhtar in Gwalior to Jan Nisar Akhtar, a Bollywood film songwriter and Urdu poet, and singer Safia Akhtar, a teacher and writer.

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 Akhtar arrived in Mumbai on October 4, 1964. In his early days of living in Mumbai he wrote dialogues for small films for Rs 100.
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Akhtar arrived in Mumbai on October 4, 1964. In his early days of living in Mumbai he wrote dialogues for small films for Rs 100.

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 His name Jadoo was taken from a line in a poem written by his father - 'Lamba, lamba kisi jadoo ka fasana hoga'.
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His name Jadoo was taken from a line in a poem written by his father - 'Lamba, lamba kisi jadoo ka fasana hoga'.

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 He belongs to a family that boasts of seven generations of writers.
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He belongs to a family that boasts of seven generations of writers.

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 Javed got a job as a scriptwriter on the movie 'Yakeen' which flopped. And then he started working with friend Salim Khan to develop the story for 'Adhikar'.
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Javed got a job as a scriptwriter on the movie 'Yakeen' which flopped. And then he started working with friend Salim Khan to develop the story for 'Adhikar'.

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 Javed and Salim were hired by GP Sippy's Sippy Films as resident screenwriters and produced the screenplays for successful films like 'Andaz', 'Seeta Aur Geeta', 'Sholay' and 'Don'.
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Javed and Salim were hired by GP Sippy's Sippy Films as resident screenwriters and produced the screenplays for successful films like 'Andaz', 'Seeta Aur Geeta', 'Sholay' and 'Don'.

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 He has won the National Award five times. In 1996 he won for Best Lyricist for the film 'Saaz' and in 1997 he won the National Award for 'Border'.
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He has won the National Award five times. In 1996 he won for Best Lyricist for the film 'Saaz' and in 1997 he won the National Award for 'Border'.

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 He is also connected to Maulana Fazl-e-Haq Khairabadi, the philosopher, poet, religious scholar who was one of the main figures of the Indian Rebellion of 1857, and who edited the first works of Ghalib.
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He is also connected to Maulana Fazl-e-Haq Khairabadi, the philosopher, poet, religious scholar who was one of the main figures of the Indian Rebellion of 1857, and who edited the first works of Ghalib.

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 After completing his matriculation, Akhtar attended Saifiya College in Bhopal where he.He was a good debater in college.
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After completing his matriculation, Akhtar attended Saifiya College in Bhopal where he.He was a good debater in college.

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 Akhtar used to write his scripts in Urdu, which were then written out in Hindi by his assistant. Another assistant would type out a one line summary in English.
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Akhtar used to write his scripts in Urdu, which were then written out in Hindi by his assistant. Another assistant would type out a one line summary in English.

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 His association with Salim Khan lasted until 1980. After this Akhtar wrote some scripts on his own, but mostly moved into writing lyrics for films, in which he achieved success.
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His association with Salim Khan lasted until 1980. After this Akhtar wrote some scripts on his own, but mostly moved into writing lyrics for films, in which he achieved success.

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 Akhtar was married to Honey Irani, a script-writer for Hindi films, with whom he had two children Farhan and Zoya.
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Akhtar was married to Honey Irani, a script-writer for Hindi films, with whom he had two children Farhan and Zoya.

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 After Javed's divorce with Irani, he married actress Shabana Azmi, the daughter of another Urdu poet, Kaifi Azmi.
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After Javed's divorce with Irani, he married actress Shabana Azmi, the daughter of another Urdu poet, Kaifi Azmi.

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 Akhtar was awarded the Padma Shri in 1999 and received the Padma Bhushan in 2007.
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Akhtar was awarded the Padma Shri in 1999 and received the Padma Bhushan in 2007.

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 Akhtar has also won the Filmfare Award fourteen times.
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Akhtar has also won the Filmfare Award fourteen times.

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 He has won the National Award five times. In 1996 he won for Best Lyricist for the film 'Saaz' and in 1997 he won the National Award for 'Border'. He again won the National Award in 1998 for 'Godmother'. In 2000 he won the National Award for the song 'Panchhi Nadiyan Pawan Ke Jonke...' from the film 'Refugee' and in 2001 for 'Radha Kaise Na Jale' from 'Lagaan'.
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He has won the National Award five times. In 1996 he won for Best Lyricist for the film 'Saaz' and in 1997 he won the National Award for 'Border'. He again won the National Award in 1998 for 'Godmother'. In 2000 he won the National Award for the song 'Panchhi Nadiyan Pawan Ke Jonke...' from the film 'Refugee' and in 2001 for 'Radha Kaise Na Jale' from 'Lagaan'.

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 Urdu poet Majaz  was his maternal uncle and his grandfather, Muzter Khairabadi, are considered as a milestone in Urdu poetry.
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Urdu poet Majaz was his maternal uncle and his grandfather, Muzter Khairabadi, are considered as a milestone in Urdu poetry.

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[caption id=<img class="size-full wp-image-782448" src="http://revamp.ibnlive.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/01/javedshabana316.jpg" alt="On his 66th birthday a look at the life of the man gifted with a magical talent. On his 66th birthday we pay an ode to the man with magic words.

It would be an impossible task to pick the best of Javed Akhtar's work, considering the his huge body of work in the last 47 years. We pick a few movies that won him many accolades as a lyricist. Seen in this picture with Javed is his wife Shabana Azmi.

Pics - Publicity stills, Text by Riddhi Doshi " /> On his 66th birthday a look at the life of the man gifted with a magical talent. On his 66th birthday we pay an ode to the man with magic words.

It would be an impossible task to pick the best of Javed Akhtar's work, considering the his huge body of work in the last 47 years. We pick a few movies that won him many accolades as a lyricist. Seen in this picture with Javed is his wife Shabana Azmi.

Pics - Publicity stills, Text by Riddhi Doshi [/caption]" title="[caption id="attachment_782448"]<img class="size-full wp-image-782448" src="http://revamp.ibnlive.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/01/javedshabana316.jpg" alt="On his 66th birthday a look at the life of the man gifted with a magical talent. On his 66th birthday we pay an ode to the man with magic words.

It would be an impossible task to pick the best of Javed Akhtar's work, considering the his huge body of work in the last 47 years. We pick a few movies that won him many accolades as a lyricist. Seen in this picture with Javed is his wife Shabana Azmi.

Pics - Publicity stills, Text by Riddhi Doshi " />
On his 66th birthday a look at the life of the man gifted with a magical talent. On his 66th birthday we pay an ode to the man with magic words.

It would be an impossible task to pick the best of Javed Akhtar's work, considering the his huge body of work in the last 47 years. We pick a few movies that won him many accolades as a lyricist. Seen in this picture with Javed is his wife Shabana Azmi.

Pics - Publicity stills, Text by Riddhi Doshi [/caption]">
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[caption id="attachment_782448"]<img class="size-full wp-image-782448" src="http://revamp.ibnlive.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/01/javedshabana316.jpg" alt="On his 66th birthday a look at the life of the man gifted with a magical talent. On his 66th birthday we pay an ode to the man with magic words.

It would be an impossible task to pick the best of Javed Akhtar's work, considering the his huge body of work in the last 47 years. We pick a few movies that won him many accolades as a lyricist. Seen in this picture with Javed is his wife Shabana Azmi.

Pics - Publicity stills, Text by Riddhi Doshi " />
On his 66th birthday a look at the life of the man gifted with a magical talent. On his 66th birthday we pay an ode to the man with magic words.

It would be an impossible task to pick the best of Javed Akhtar's work, considering the his huge body of work in the last 47 years. We pick a few movies that won him many accolades as a lyricist. Seen in this picture with Javed is his wife Shabana Azmi.

Pics - Publicity stills, Text by Riddhi Doshi [/caption]

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