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Happy Birthday Javed Akhtar: 10 best quotes from the legendary lyricist and writer

Happy Birthday Javed Akhtar: On January 17, the legendary lyricist and writer’s 75th birthday, here are some of his most memorable quotes from over the years.

art-and-culture Updated: Jan 17, 2020 10:13 IST
HT Correspondent
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Hindustan Times
Poet, lyricist and screenwriter Javed Akhtar during an exhibition dedicated to him at Nehru Centre Art Gallery, Mumbai. It has been curated by photojournalist Pradeep Chandra and film historian SMM Ausaja. The exhibition is called The World of Javed Akhtar.
Poet, lyricist and screenwriter Javed Akhtar during an exhibition dedicated to him at Nehru Centre Art Gallery, Mumbai. It has been curated by photojournalist Pradeep Chandra and film historian SMM Ausaja. The exhibition is called The World of Javed Akhtar. (IANS)
         

If you are a fan of songs like Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga or Sandeshe Aate Hain, you are probably familiar with the name of famous lyricist and dialogue writer Javed Akhtar. While the man doesn’t need any introduction, it becomes inevitable to talk about the personality that he is, especially on his birthday.

Javed Akhtar was born on January 17, 1945 in Gwalior to Bollywood songwriter and Urdu poet Jan Nisar Akhtar and Safia Akhtar, a singer, teacher and writer. Javed Akhtar is grandson of Muztar Khairabadi and Bismil Khairabadi, and great great grandson of Fazl-e-Haq Khairabadi, all renowned Urdu scholars and poets.

Akhtar has won a number of awards and accolades, including the Padma Shri (1999), Padma Bhushan (2007), Sahitya Akademi Award and five National Film Awards. Apart from being a lyricist and a screenplay writer, Akhtar is also a social activist and was a member of Rajya Sabha.

Javed Akhtar with his son Farhan Akhtar during the exhibition.
Javed Akhtar with his son Farhan Akhtar during the exhibition. ( IANS )

Most of Akhtar’s childhood was spent in Lucknow. He graduated from Saifia College in Bhopal.

He was first married to Honey Irani in 1972, with whom he had two children, Farhan Akhtar and Zoya Akhtar. Javed Akhtar later married actress Shabana Azmi, the daughter of Urdu poet Kaifi Azmi.

 

Not many people know that Javed Akhtar’s birth name was Jadu, which was taken from a line in a poem penned by his father, Lamha lamha kisi jadu ka fasana hoga. However, it was later changed to Javed.

Javed Akhtar landed up in Mumbai and formed a formidable partnership with Salim Khan, Salman Khan’s father. he Salim-Javed duo wrote dialogues for many classic movies, including Sholay.

Here are 10 of the best quotes written by Javed Akhtar:

1. Main bhool jaun ab yehi munaasib hai, Magar bhulana bhi chahoon toh kis tarah bhulaaon, Ki tum toh phir bhi haqeeqat ho, koi khwab nahi.

2. Kyun darein zindagi mein kya hoga? Kuch na hoga toh tazurba hoga.

3. Gin-Gin ke sikke hath mera khurdura hua, jati rahi who sparsh ki nami, bura hua.

4. Tumhein bhi yaad nahi aur mai bhool gaya, who lamha kitna haseen tha magar fuzool gaya.

5. Unchi immaraton se makaan mera ghir gaya, kuch log mere hisse ka suraj bhi kha gaye.

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6. Iss sheher me jeene ke andaaz niraale hain, honthon pe lateefein hain awaaz mein chaalein hain.

7. Yeh khaamoshi jo guftagu ke beech thehri hai, yeh hi saari baat saari guftagu me sab se gehri hai.

8. Kabhi joh khwab tha woh paa liya hai, magar jo kho gayi woh cheez kya thi.

9. Koi shikva na gham na koi yaad, bas bethe bethe aankhein bhar aayi.

10. Gairon ko kab fursat hai dukh dene ki, jab hota hai koi humdum hi hota hai.

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