Javed Akhtar turns 74 today, he wears many hats as a screenwriter, poet, lyricist in the Hindi film industry. His real name is ‘Jadu’, taken from a poem written by his father. Here is a line of a poem, “Lamha lamha kisi jadu ka fasana hoga”.

He married to Shabana Azmi, after giving divorce to his first wife Honey Irani. He is an atheist and raised his children, Farhan Akhtar, and Zoya Akhtar as atheists too. Javed Akhtar made a debut with his lyrics in film Haathi Mere Saathi in 1971.

Javed Akhtar has given us many beautiful songs of all times. He has penned down songs range from romantic to heart-wrenching.

Some of his best lyrics are Main Yahaan Hoon – Veer-Zaara, Iktara – Wake Up Sid, Yun Hi Chala Chal – Swades, Ek Ladki Ko Dekha – 1942: A Love Story, Kal Ho Naa Ho title track, Awara Bhanwre – Sapne, In Lamho Ke Daaman Mein – Jodha Akbar, Yeh Kahaan Aa Gaye Hum – Silsila.

He had also written the screenplay for many blockbuster films like Zanjeer, Sholay, Don, Deewar, Seeta Aur Geeta, Dostana, Trishul, and Mr. India. If we talk about his life, it is not less than a film story. He arrived in Mumbai on October 4, 1964. Javed had only 27 paise in his pocket. He had no house to live in Mumbai nor did the food to eat.

As Javed Akhtar turned 74 today, we have collected some powerful lines from the legend. Take a look and we guarantee, the lines will stir up your soul.

  1. “Yaad usey bhi ek adhoora afsana toh hoga, Kal rate mein usne humko phechana toh hoga.”

2. “Kyu darein zindagi me kya hoga? Kuch na hoga toh zindagi me tazurba hoga.”

3. “Main aur meri tanhai, aksar yeh baatein karti hai, tum hoti toh kaisa hota”

4. “Darr humko bhi lagta hai raaste ke sannate se, Lekin ek safar par ae dil ab jaana to hoga”

He received 6 Filmfare Awards as a lyricist and 3 National Awards too. He is also a recipient of the Padma Shri and Padma Bhushan from the Indian government.

We wish Javed Akhtar, A Very Happy Birthday!

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