Indian Cinema’s legend lyricist, script writer and writer Javed Akhtar is famous for his work not only in India but outside India too. People go gaga over his magical words. Today he is celebrating his 72nd Birth anniversary, however, no words can ever define his talent. As a screenwriter, he collaborated with Salim Khan and gave epic film stories like Yaadon Ki Barat, Seeta Aur Geeta, Zanzeer, Shole, Mr. India etc. Javed Akhtar was born on January 17, 1945, in Gwalior. Let’s know some unknown facts about this legendary writer.

His real name is Jaadu. Yes, you actually heard it right! His father Jaan Nissar Akhtar gave him this name later in school his name was registered as Javed.

His first wife Honey Irani was also a script writer. She was also born on January 17. They married each other in 1972. Honey was only 17 yrs of age that time. The couple had two children together Farhan Akhtar and Zoya Akhtar. Both parted their ways in 1978 and divorced in 1985. Akhtar got married to actress Shabana Azmi second time in 1984.

Javed Akhtar reached Mumbai in 1964 to follow his dreams and struggled a lot. He used to sleep under the trees and was homeless. He did a job of clapper boy since he met Salim Khan. In 1971 he got his first break with film “Andaz”.

He started his career as a songwriter from Yash Chopra’s film Silsila in 1981. He got National Award for five times as the best lyricist. He has a long list of awards in his vault. 

A very Happy Birthday!

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