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Zoya Akhtar, Reema Kagti on comparisons with Salim Khan and Javed Akhtar: 'They have given more hits than anybody else'

Dec 03, 2023 03:12 PM IST

Zoya Akhtar and Reema Kagti say they can't be compared to Salim-Javed as they acknowledged the impact and success of the legendary screenwriter duo.

Zoya Akhtar and Reema Kagti, who have co-written The Archies, are busy promoting the film that marks the Bollywood debut of star kids Suhana Khan, Khushi Kapoor and Agastya Nanda. In an interview with Siddharth Kannan, Zoya and Reema weighed in on where they stand in comparison to legendary screenwriters Salim Khan and Javed Akhtar, who were known as Salim-Javed. Zoya said she could not be compared to her father, lyricist-writer Javed. Also read: Zoya Akhtar, Reema Kagti deny Made in Heaven's France wedding episode was based on Salman Khan and Katrina Kaif

Zoya Akhtar and Reema Kagti discuss them being compared to Salim-Javed.
Zoya Akhtar and Reema Kagti discuss them being compared to Salim-Javed.

Zoya Akhtar and Reema Kagti on Salim-Javed

When asked if they were the ‘new-age Salim-Javed’, Zoya Akhtar said, "Nahi (no). I don't think we are in any way close to what they did. They were very special. Unke pehle koi nahi aya, unke baad koi nahi ayega (There was no one before them and there will be no one after them). I don't think we are any way close."

Reema Kagti chimed in, saying, "I agree with Zoya. The impact they (Salim Khan and Javed Akhtar) had and they still have. They are still out there, they have permeated popular culture, popular imagination, they have given exponentially more hits than anybody else." To this, Zoya added they gave hits 'in a pan-Indian way'.

Javed Akhtar (left) and Salim Khan were an Indian screenwriting duo. They worked together on more than 20 films in the 1970s and 1980s.
Javed Akhtar (left) and Salim Khan were an Indian screenwriting duo. They worked together on more than 20 films in the 1970s and 1980s.

Javed on why he stopped working with Salim

Javed Akhtar and Salim Khan, who is the father of actor Salman Khan, worked as screenwriters in famous Hindi films such as Sholay, Don, Deewaar and Zanjeer, among many others. In an interview with BBC News Hindi earlier in 2023, Javed had opened up about not working with Salim after they ‘became successful’. Javed had said that once they became successful, their individual lives became bigger than their bond.

"In our struggling days, we were one team. We did not have any other friends, we would work together from morning till evening. We would even have meals together. Out of 24 hours, we would spend 15-16 hours with each other. But as we became successful, new people came into our lives and our friend circle got separated. The mental rapport we had was broken. We could no longer work as a team," Javed Akhtar had said.

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Meanwhile, filmmakers Zoya and Reema have worked together as co-writers in a number of films as well as the Prime Video series Made in Heaven, which they co-wrote with Alankrita Shrivastava. The Archies, their latest film together, has been directed by Zoya and co-written by Zoya, Reema and Ayesha DeVitre.

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