Javed Akhtar

Javed Akhtar 1945 ! Mumbai, India.


Javed Akhtar was born on 17 January 1945 in Gwalior. Javed Akhtar is an Indian political activist, poet, lyricist and screenwriter. His father Jan Nisar Akhtar was a Bollywood film songwriter and Urdu poet, and his mother Safia Akhtar was a singer, teacher and writer. Javed Akhtar’s 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. Akhtar was awarded the civilian honour of Padma Shri by the Government of India in 1999, followed by the Padma Bhushan in 2007. He received 5 National Film Award for Best Lyrics and 8 Filmfare Award for Best Lyricist.


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