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Javed Akhtar on Bollywood legends

IANS  New Delhi, November 27, 2011
First Published: 18:31 IST(27/11/2011) | Last Updated: 16:03 IST(29/11/2011)
From Raj Kapoor, Nargis, Kishore Kumar to Majrooh Sultanpuri, Bimal Roy and Vijay Anand — script writer-lyricist Javed Akhtar will tell all about 13 luminaries of Bollywood’s golden era, in a new TV show, Classic Legends.

A guided biography of legends who gave the Hindi film industry some of its most iconic movies and music, the show will see Akhtar taking viewers on a journey through the success stories of these stars.

The veteran writer is upbeat about his new role on Zee Classic. “These are the people whom I admired when I was in school and college. And when you idolise someone, you want to find out more about those people. So I used to do just that as a young fan,” he says.

The 66-year-old writer, who has been in the industry for around four decades, adds, “Indian cinema has a wonderful heritage. These are stories of people who started from almost nothing and gained so much success through the years.”

Other icons whose story will be told through the show are RD Burman, Ashok Kumar, Sahir Ludhiyanvi, Mehboob Khan, Madhubala, Guru Dutt and Shammi Kapoor.
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