- Birthday17 January, 1945
- Fun Trivia:Akhtar had also tried his luck with more serious Urdu poetry apart from writing lyrics for movies. A lot of his works were compiled in Tarkash, which was made into an audio format in his voice. Iconic singers like the late Jagjit Singh and late Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan have sung some of his non-movie poetry.
One of India’s most celebrated poets, lyricists and scriptwriters, Javed Akhtar was born in Gwalior, Madhya Pradesh. He came to Mumbai in October 1964, and started trying his luck in Bollywood. During the shooting of the film Sarhadi lootera in 1966, he met actor Salim Khan. Initially, Salim used to write the stories and plots while Javed helped him form the dialogues. Soon, the duo made their presence felt as Salim – Javed and worked on films like Seeta Aur Geeta (1972), Yaadon Ki Baaraat (1973), Zanjeer (1973), Haath ki Safai (1974) and Deewar (1975). But the duo split later and Akhtar still wrote lyrics for films like Silsila in 1981, Kuch Naa Kaho (2003), LOC Kargil (2003), Kal Ho Na Ho (2003) and many more. He was married to Honey Irani, a script-writer for Hindi films, but divorced her to marry actress Shabana Azmi later.