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Poet and screenwriter, Javed Akhtar feels awkward to cut cakes on his birthday. (AP)

Javed Akhtar: I never ask personal questions to my kids

PUBLISHED ON JAN 16, 2021 01:36 PM IST
The veteran writer-lyricist feels that once kids grow up, they have a right to their privacy and asking them personal questions is a no-no.
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Bollywood actor Kangana Ranaut had allegedly claimed that Akhtar had told him that she will be left with no option but to take her own life.(PTI)
Bollywood actor Kangana Ranaut had allegedly claimed that Akhtar had told him that she will be left with no option but to take her own life.(PTI)

Police probe ordered into Javed Akhtar’s defamation complaint against Kangana Ranaut

By Charul Shah | Edited by Abhinav Sahay | Hindustan Times, Mumbai
UPDATED ON DEC 19, 2020 01:14 PM IST
Javed Akhtar had filed a private complaint against Kangana on November 2, alleging that her comments made against him had damaged his reputation.
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Javed Akhtar had approached the court in November.(HT FILE PHOTO)
Javed Akhtar had approached the court in November.(HT FILE PHOTO)

Magistrate court records Javed Akhtar’s statement against Kangana Ranaut

By Charul Shah | Hindustan Times, Mumbai
PUBLISHED ON DEC 03, 2020 04:26 PM IST
Javed Akhtar’s statement was recorded by the magistrate under the process of verification of the complaint that he had lodged for defamation.
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Javed Akhtar has filed a complaint against Kangana Ranaut.
Javed Akhtar has filed a complaint against Kangana Ranaut.

Javed Akhtar files defamation case against Kangana Ranaut, claims she has hurt his reputation with ‘baseless comments’

By Press Trust of India | Mumbai
UPDATED ON NOV 03, 2020 09:31 PM IST
Javed Akhtar has filed a complaint against Kangana Ranaut over comments which allegedly garnered views in lakhs and thus tarnished his reputation.
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Farhan Akhtar and Zoya Akhtar often work together on projects.
Farhan Akhtar and Zoya Akhtar often work together on projects.

Farhan Akhtar wishes sister Zoya on her birthday, shares a funny throwback picture. See here

By HT Entertainment Desk | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON OCT 14, 2020 05:27 PM IST
Farhan Akhtar shared a funny throwback from their childhood days to wish older sister and ace director Zoya Akhtar on her birthday on Wednesday.
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This isn’t the first time that Kangana Ranaut’s sister Rangoli Chandel has spoken against Shabana Azmi.
This isn’t the first time that Kangana Ranaut’s sister Rangoli Chandel has spoken against Shabana Azmi.

Rangoli Chandel slams Shabana Azmi’s comments against Kangana Ranaut, tells her to ‘stick to acting and poetry’

By HT Entertainment Desk | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON OCT 07, 2020 09:12 AM IST
Kangana Ranaut’s sister, Rangoli Chandel, has fired back at Shabana Azmi, who recently made comments against Kangana and her perceived desire to remain in the news.
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Javed Akhtar with Zoya and Farhan Akhtar.
Javed Akhtar with Zoya and Farhan Akhtar.

Javed Akhtar on what he would say to his kids Zoya and Farhan Akhtar if he finds out they smoke marijuana

By HT Entertainment Desk | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON OCT 02, 2020 02:01 PM IST
Lyricist and writer Javed Akhtar, who has called smoking marijuana ‘innocuous’, was asked what he’d say to his children -- Zoya and Farhan Akhtar -- if he found out they smoke marijuana.
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Javed Akhtar has commented on the NCB’s investigation of Bollywood’s alleged drugs ties.
Javed Akhtar has commented on the NCB’s investigation of Bollywood’s alleged drugs ties.

Javed Akhtar says stars today are obsessed with fitness: ‘Do they look like drug addicts?’

By HT Entertainment Desk | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON SEP 29, 2020 09:18 PM IST
Javed Akhtar has said that stars today are obsessed with fitness and more disciplined than yesteryear actors. “Do they look like drug addicts?” he asked.
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Javed Akhtar took a jibe at news channels over their sidelining of the farmers’ protests.
Javed Akhtar took a jibe at news channels over their sidelining of the farmers’ protests.

Javed Akhtar takes a dig at news channels for ignoring farmers’ protests: ‘If Karan Johar had invited some farmers to his party…’

By HT Entertainment | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON SEP 25, 2020 07:35 PM IST
Javed Akhtar took a dig at news channels and sarcastically remarked that if Karan Johar had invited farmers to his party, they would not have to choose between covering Bollywood and the farmers’ protests.
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Kabir Akhtar is an Indian-origin American director of the series Never Have I Ever and is the nephew of lyricist Javed Akhtar
Kabir Akhtar is an Indian-origin American director of the series Never Have I Ever and is the nephew of lyricist Javed Akhtar

The new Akhtar on the block

By Lubna Salim | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON SEP 25, 2020 06:32 PM IST
Meet the Emmy-winning director-editor who talks as passionately about racism as his love for samosas
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Shabana Azmi was involved in a road accident in January.
Shabana Azmi was involved in a road accident in January.

Shabana Azmi on surviving January accident: ‘I fainted, it was a close shave’

By HT Entertainment Desk | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON SEP 19, 2020 07:13 AM IST
Actor Shabana Azmi, who was involved in a road accident in January, has spoken about what a ‘close shave’ it was, and that she had sustained an injury to her brain.
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Javed Akhtar(Photo: Prodip Guha/HT)
Javed Akhtar(Photo: Prodip Guha/HT)

Inheritance cannot be called nepotism: Javed Akhtar

By Nishad Neelambaran | HT Mumbai
UPDATED ON SEP 17, 2020 05:50 PM IST
A Padma Bhushan awardee, Akhtar sheds light on how nepotism cannot exist in Bollywood, and how “people have confused inheritance with nepotism”
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Vikram Bhatt shares his views on Kangana Ranaut.
Vikram Bhatt shares his views on Kangana Ranaut.

Vikram Bhatt was asked if he will work with Kangana Ranaut: ‘She is a good actor, but what will I do on her sets?’

UPDATED ON SEP 16, 2020 10:56 AM IST
Filmmaker Vikram Bhatt has talked about Kangana Ranaut, her right to voice her opinions, her acting skills, and why working with her maybe difficult for him. He also said that she must be prepared for political responses when she makes political statements.
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Migrant workers walking towards Farrukhabad and Sultanpur pause during a sudden dust storm, along NH24 near Indirapuram in New Delhi on May 10, 2020.(Ajay Aggarwal /HT PHOTO)
Migrant workers walking towards Farrukhabad and Sultanpur pause during a sudden dust storm, along NH24 near Indirapuram in New Delhi on May 10, 2020.(Ajay Aggarwal /HT PHOTO)

Hum-safar: Fellow Traveller a poem by Javed Akhtar. Watch video

By Javed Akhtar (Translated from the Urdu version by Rakhshanda Jalil) | Mumbai
UPDATED ON SEP 06, 2020 10:10 AM IST
Read the English translation and watch Javed Akhtar recite the original Urdu version of his poem Hum-safar about what the coronavirus lockdown meant to the poet and writer.
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Pandit Jasraj at a concert in Mumbai in 2008.(HT Archives)
Pandit Jasraj at a concert in Mumbai in 2008.(HT Archives)

Doyen of Hindustani classical music Pandit Jasraj dies at 90

By Vanessa Viegas | Hindustan Times, Mumbai
UPDATED ON AUG 18, 2020 05:54 AM IST
Pandit Jasraj’s love of music really did transcend. The proponent of the Mewati Gharana made his debut as a tabla artist in 1937. His first concert as a vocalist was in the darbar of King Tribhuvan Bik Bikram Shah of Nepal in 1952; he was 22.
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Classical vocalist Pandit Jasraj passed away at the age of 90. (Photo by Prakash Singh / HT Archive)
Classical vocalist Pandit Jasraj passed away at the age of 90. (Photo by Prakash Singh / HT Archive)

RIP Pandit Jasraj: Rekha Bhardwaj, Kailash Kher share condolences, say ‘our music world is deserted’

By HT Entertainment Desk | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON AUG 17, 2020 09:08 PM IST
Several singers, musicians, filmmakers and actors have expressed grief on the death of classical vocalist Pandit Jasraj on Monday.
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Sona Mohapatra has talked about nepotism and award ceremonies in her latest series of tweets.
Sona Mohapatra has talked about nepotism and award ceremonies in her latest series of tweets.

Sona Mohapatra says top talent is hired only if they are willing to ‘bow & scrape’ in front of Bollywood families

By HT Entertainment Desk | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JUL 31, 2020 12:40 PM IST
Singer Sona Mohapatra has said hardworking professionals with a great track record in other industries are hired only if they are willing to ‘toe the line’, ‘bow & scrape’ in front of the Bollywood families.
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Lyricists Swanand Kirkire and Varun Grover have been voicing out against lyricists not being credited on music streaming platforms and apps.
Lyricists Swanand Kirkire and Varun Grover have been voicing out against lyricists not being credited on music streaming platforms and apps.

Swanand Kirkire and Varun Grover wage a war, fight for lyricists’ credit on streaming platforms and music apps

By Rishabh Suri | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JUL 25, 2020 07:33 PM IST
Lyricists such as Swanand Kirkire and Varun Grover have been coming and speaking up against the online streaming platforms and music apps not either crediting the lyricist, or their algorithms being such that a song cannot be searched by their names, while it’s not the case with singers and music composers.
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Javed Akhtar poses with his family.
Javed Akhtar poses with his family.

Javed Akhtar, Zoya, Farhan join hands to explain nepotism, Kangana Ranaut’s team asks ‘why bully someone else’s daughter?’

By HT Entertainment Desk | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON JUL 23, 2020 09:37 PM IST
Javed Akhtar and his children -- Zoya Akhtar and Farhan Akhtar -- will make a joint appearance on a news programme over the weekend, but Kangana Ranaut’s team already has a rebuttal at the ready.
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Rekha’s staff member tested positive for Covid-19 on Tuesday.(Pratik Chorge)
Rekha’s staff member tested positive for Covid-19 on Tuesday.(Pratik Chorge)

Rekha’s staff tests positive for Covid-19, actor tells BMC she’ll get her own test done

By Eeshanpriya MS | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JUL 12, 2020 01:25 PM IST
Rekha’s security guard had tested positive for novel coronavirus on Tuesday following which a section of her compound was sealed by the BMC authorities.
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Shibani Dandekar enjoyed a sumptuous meal with boyfriend Farhan Akhtar and his family.
Shibani Dandekar enjoyed a sumptuous meal with boyfriend Farhan Akhtar and his family.

Farhan Akhtar and Shibani Dandekar dine with Javed Akhtar and family, Shabana Azmi cheers them on. Watch video

By HT Entertainment Desk | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JUN 22, 2020 12:58 PM IST
Shibani Dandekar dined with her boyfriend Farhan Akhtar and his family on Sunday. Watch the video shared by Shabana Azmi.
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In this May 2016 file photo Bollywood lyricist Javed Akhtar is seen along with his wife Shabana Azmi at the 63rd National Film Awards function in New Delhi.(PTI)
In this May 2016 file photo Bollywood lyricist Javed Akhtar is seen along with his wife Shabana Azmi at the 63rd National Film Awards function in New Delhi.(PTI)

Javed Akhtar calls himself ‘equal opportunity atheist who is against all faiths’ after offending both sides

By HT Entertainment Desk | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON JUN 13, 2020 02:57 PM IST
Javed Akhtar has called himself an ‘an equal opportunity atheist who is against all kinds of faiths’ after attracting backlash for his comments on loudspeakers being used during azaan.
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Shabana Azmi said that they received the email from Richard Dawkins on June 5.
Shabana Azmi said that they received the email from Richard Dawkins on June 5.

Shabana Azmi slams ‘pathetic trolls’ doubting Javed Akhtar’s Richard Dawkins award win, calls it a ‘preposterous claim’

By HT Entertainment Desk | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON JUN 10, 2020 02:18 PM IST
Richard Dawkins has officially confirmed that Javed Akhtar is the recipient of the 2020 Richard Dawkins Award, after the writer’s wife, Shabana Azmi, was forced to tackle trolls doubting them.
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Javed Akhtar is the only Indian to be honoured with the award in its 17 year history.
Javed Akhtar is the only Indian to be honoured with the award in its 17 year history.

Javed Akhtar becomes only Indian to win prestigious Richard Dawkins award, wishes pour in from Anil Kapoor, Shabana Azmi

By HT Entertainment Desk | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JUN 07, 2020 05:00 PM IST
Javed Akhtar added another honour to his cap. He is now the recipient of the prestigious Richard Dawkins 2020 award.
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100 Hours 100 Stars: In conversation with Javed Akhtar and Benny Dayal.
100 Hours 100 Stars: In conversation with Javed Akhtar and Benny Dayal.

100 Hours 100 Stars: In conversation with Javed Akhtar and Benny Dayal

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, Delhi
UPDATED ON JUN 16, 2020 08:37 PM IST
100 Hours 100 Stars: Famous screenwriter, lyricist and poet Javed Akhtar and singer-musician Benny Dayal were in conversation with Fever FM for 100 Hours 100 Stars, an initiative started by Fever Network.
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Ever since the post, it has received over 4 lakh views, and nearly one lakh likes, and users have been applauding Farhan for the cleverly worded rhyme scheme which reminds one of the original poem, which was penned by Farhan’s father, lyricist Javed Akhtar, for the film.(Photo: Instagram/faroutakhtar)
Ever since the post, it has received over 4 lakh views, and nearly one lakh likes, and users have been applauding Farhan for the cleverly worded rhyme scheme which reminds one of the original poem, which was penned by Farhan’s father, lyricist Javed Akhtar, for the film.(Photo: Instagram/faroutakhtar)

Farhan Akhtar recites the corona version of Zinda Ho Tum from ZNMD. And it goes viral!

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON APR 19, 2020 12:53 PM IST
The actor-singer recited the ‘corona version’ of the popular poem, Zinda Ho Tum, which was originally penned by his father, poet and lyricist Javed Akhtar
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Javed Akhtar and Shabana Azmi are one of the most loved couples in Bollywood.
Javed Akhtar and Shabana Azmi are one of the most loved couples in Bollywood.

Shabana Azmi sings comic version of the iconic Abhi Naa Jao after Javed Akhtar spills soup, asks ‘Isn’t it delightful?’

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON APR 14, 2020 10:32 AM IST
Shabana Azmi did a Facebook Live recently where she sang and narrated a funny incident involving her husband, writer Javed Akhtar and herself. Watch it here.
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US President Donald Trump and Prime Minister Narendra Modi(HT file photo)
US President Donald Trump and Prime Minister Narendra Modi(HT file photo)

News updates from Hindustan Times at 9 PM: India-US partnership to fight Covid-19, says PM Modi after call with Trump and all the latest news

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON APR 04, 2020 08:58 PM IST
Here are today’s top news, analysis and opinion at 9 PM. Know all about the latest news and other news updates from Hindustan Times.
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Javed Akhtar has applauded CM Uddhav Thackeray’s efforts in combating the coronavirus in Maharashtra.(IANS)
Javed Akhtar has applauded CM Uddhav Thackeray’s efforts in combating the coronavirus in Maharashtra.(IANS)

Javed Akhtar salutes CM Uddhav Thackeray for handling Covid-19 with ‘clear directive’

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON APR 04, 2020 08:48 PM IST
Lyricist Javed Akhtar has congratulated Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray for his government’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic in Maharashtra.
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Shabana Azmi and Javed Akhtar celebrate Holi in 2019.
Shabana Azmi and Javed Akhtar celebrate Holi in 2019.

Shabana Azmi says she won’t be celebrating Holi this year, shares pics from 2019 party with Javed, Farhan Akhtar

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON MAR 10, 2020 05:31 PM IST
Sharing pictures from her 2019 Holi party with husband Javed Akhtar, Shabana Azmi has said that she won’t be celebrating the festival this year.
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