Published on 17 Mar 2014 | over 2 years ago
Javed Akhtar, born 17 January 1945) is a poet, lyricist and scriptwriter from India. Now atheist, (bay-deen), he was born into a Muslim family in Khairabad, (Uttar Pradesh) to Jan Nisar Akhtar, a film songwriter and Urdu poet. Akhtar did B.A. from Saifiya College in Bhopal.
Since 1982, Javed has written lyrics for around 80 films and scripts for over 20 films. Akhtar has attempted more serious Urdu poetry aside from writing lyrics for movies.His major works are Tarkash and Lava.
Because of his literary services, Akhtar was nominated to the Parliament upper house Rajya Sabha in 2009.
Akhtar was married to Honey Irani, with whom he had two children, Farhan Akhtar and Zoya Akhtar, both film directors and actors. He has brought up his children Farhan and Zoya Akhtar also as atheists. Javed divorced Honey Irani, allegedly due to his relationship with Shabana Azmi, the daughter of another Urdu poet, Kaifi Azmi, whom he subsequently married.
Javed Akhtar was awarded the Padma Shri by the government of India in 1999 and received the Padma Bhushan in 2007. Akhtar has won the Filmfare Award fourteen times, seven times for Best Script, and eight times for Best Lyrics. Akhtar has won the National Award five times. In 2013, he received the Sahitya Akademi Award in Urdu, India's second highest literary honour, for his poetry collection Lava.