He is an accomplished writer, poet and lyricist, but Javed Akhtar says his childhood aspiration, just like every kid, was to become an actor.
“All children, when they watch a film, end up thinking everything that a hero does — action, singing, etc. So all of them want to become actors. Similarly, even I wanted to be an actor when I was a child,” Akhtar, 66, said on Thursday.
“It is only once you grow up that you realise a movie has a director, a screenplay writer, a lyricist, a composer, and other technicians too. But till a certain age, you believe the hero is everything,” he added.
Recounting one of his meetings with Dilip Kumar, Akhtar said, “Dilip saab was being given an award in Lucknow and I was called to say a few words. That day, I felt my circle was complete. I was in school and must have been six or seven years old when I had gone to watch Aan in a theatre in Hazratganj. It had Dilip saab. He was playing with a sword, riding a horse, singing songs... that was my introduction to cinema, my first understanding of a hero,” said the veteran writer.
“Years later at the award function, I stood on a stage to give a speech on the same actor in a hotel near the same theatre. It was nostalgic,” he added.