Javed Akhtar (born 17 January 1945) is a poet, lyricist and scriptwriter from India. Akhtar is a mainstream writer and some of his most successful work was carried out with Salim Khan as half of the script-writing duo credited as Salim-Javed, between 1971 to 1982. Hailing from a family of freedom fighters, Javed Akhtar is the great-great-grandson of Allama Fazl-e-Haq Khairabadi, a notable name in the Indian Freedom Struggle and one of the main figures of the Indian Rebellion of 1857 who was hanged at the Kālā Pānī prison in 1861. He is a recipient of the Sahitya Akademi Award.
Akhtar arrived in Mumbai on 4 October 1964. In his early years there, he wrote the dialogue for a minor film for Rs. 100. Occasionally he worked as an assistant. He got a job as a dialogue writer on Yakeen which flopped. He struggled to get work in film industry between 1964-1970 but was not successful in any of his ventures till 1970. After some time, he joined Salim.
Javed Akhthar started writing lyrics for films beginning with Silsila in 1981 and since 1982 has written lyrics for around 80 films and scripts for over 20 films.After the split with Salim he wrote some scripts on his own but mostly moved into writing lyrics for films.
Following are the some popular films for his famous creations.
- Duniya (1984)
- 1942: A Love Story
- Dil Chahta Hai
- Lagaan (2001)
- Agni Varsha
- Mere Yaar Ki Shaadi Hai
- Badhaai Ho Badhaai
- Wake Up Sid (2009)
- Karthik Calling Karthik (2010)
- Khelein Hum Jee Jaan Sey (2010)
- Aishaa (2010)
- Red Alert – The War Within (2010)
- Prem Kaa Game (2010)
- Don 2: The King is Back (2011)
- Banda Yeh Bindaas Hai (2011)
- Traffic Signal (2009)
- Ekk Deewana Tha (2012)
- Talaash (2012)
Just follow the links to read some famous poems by Javed Akhtar