JAVED AKHTAR

  • TWTW: Cyrus Broacha in conversation with 'Jaaved Sahab' on Padma Awards January 31, 2015

    In an exclusive interview to Cyrus Broacha, Javed Akhtar's spokesperson 'Javed Chakhtar' talks about Padma Awards and Renowned screenwriter and Salman Khan's father Salim Khan has refused to accept the Padma Shri award. ...
  • Javed Akhtar: Translating Rabindranath Tagore not easy January 28, 2015

    Kolkata: Having penned more than 1,500 songs, lyricist Javed Akhtar has said that it was not easy for him to translate Tagore songs in Hindi. The celebrated poet-writer has translated eight songs of Rabindranath Tagore to Hindi, which are featured in an album. "I have a lot of experience in writing to...
  • Jaipur Literature Festival 2015: Sheldon Pollock talks about finding one's 'not self' through modern translations of ancient Indian scriptures January 24, 2015

    Jaipur: The tall, bearded professor looked like any other Caucasian erudite personality. But after listening to him for a minute, one can get dazzled by the eloquence with which he quotes ancient Indian scriptures, shlokas and mantras. On a chilly Saturday morning, noted Sanskrit scholar Sheldon Pollock was in conversation with...
  • No amount of money can make me write vulgar songs, says Javed Akhtar at Jaipur Literature Festival 2015 January 22, 2015

    Jaipur: In an industry dominated by item numbers, lyricist and script writer Javed Akhtar refuses to be a part of the herd. The renowned lyricist was at the Jaipur Literature Festival 2015 to launch his book on poetry which has been translated by Ali Hussain Mir. When asked whether creative...
  • Jaipur Literature Festival 2015: Rajasthan's rich heritage to be in focus this year January 19, 2015

    All roads in Jaipur will lead to Diggi Palace on January 21st for the annual Zee Jaipur Literature Festival. With an eclectic mix of speakers' part of this year's program, the festival promises to bigger and better. The lawns of the historic Diggi Palace, which once belonged to a Thakur family,...
  • Shabana Azmi and Javed Akhtar celebrate 30 years of togetherness December 9, 2014

    Mumbai: Veteran actress-social activist Shabana Azmi and lyricist-writer Javed Akhtar on Tuesday clocked 30 years of marriage. The actress took to micro-blogging site Twitter to sum up her journey with her husband's quote. "It's our 30th wedding anniversary 2day (Tuesday). To quote Javed 'Shabana and I are such good friends that...
  • Important to accept that people half your age know things which you don't: Javed Akhtar October 8, 2014

    New Delhi: Noted lyricist and screenwriter Javed Akhtar just completed 50 years in the film industry and he attributes his success and longevity to his ability to adapt to the generational changes. Akhtar, 69, began his cinematic journey in 1964 when he set foot in Mumbai from Gwalior to pursue...
  • Fifty years ago, Javed Akhtar slept on the streets for days; had only talent and determination: Shabana Azmi October 4, 2014

    Mumbai: As noted lyricist, poet, screenwriter Javed Akhtar clocked 50 years in the film industry today, his wife veteran actress Shabana Azmi says she looks at his incredible journey with respect. Akhtar, 69, arrived in Mumbai in 1964. He struggled to get work in the film industry and finally got his...
  • Vernacular gives you roots, but English language helps you to branch out: Javed Akhtar on CSAT row August 25, 2014

    While students took to the streets in Delhi to protest against the alleged language bias in the Union Public Service Commission Civil Services Examination recently, several prominent names in political circle and film fraternity got busy in discussing, debating and giving their take on the CSAT row. So yes, if...
  • Twoday old baby girl abandoned in Mathura August 22, 2014

    Mathura: A twoday old baby girl was found abandoned outside a temple in Mathura. The baby was later taken to an orphanage which houses many other children with similar fates. This twodayold baby was abandoned by her parents simply because she is a girl. Member of Child Welfare Society Pratibha Sharma...
  • There's no way we can justify MP's absence in Rajya Sabha, especially Sachin Tendulkar; his word carries weight: Javed Akhtar August 19, 2014

    New Delhi: Noted lyricist and writer Javed Akhtar today lamented the fact that Rekha and Sachin Tendulkar, members of parliament from the Indian film and sports fraternity haven't been attending the Parliamentary sessions regularly. Speaking at a press conference in the city, Akhtar said, "There's no way we can justify...
  • Farhan Akhtar thanks 'Lakshya' crew for keeping its message relevant June 18, 2014

    Mumbai: Remembering "Lakshya", which released a decade ago on this day, filmmaker Farhan Akhtar Wednesday thanked his crew for keeping the film's "memory and message" alive. "10 years since Lakshya... an experience that will always remain close to my heart & a big shout out to all collaborators who worked as...
  • Inviting SAARC nations a good gesture by Modi: Javed Akhtar May 26, 2014

    Lyricist and singer Javed Akhtar, however, also said that the invite should not be turned into a big issue. ...
  • Had made prior commitment to IIFA, say Bollywood actors on missing voting April 25, 2014

    Tampa Bay: Bollywood celebrities like Anil Kapoor, Shabana Azmi, and Javed Akhtar, present on the second day of the ongoing IIFA awards and skipping voting - scheduled on the same date in Mumbai - regretted not exercising their franchise but said they had committed to the show six months back...
  • 'What does not affect you today, might knock at your door tomorrow': Bollywood celebrities ask citizens to vote wisely April 17, 2014

    The Indian film industry, which prides itself on its secular image, appears to be taking sides for the first time during this Lok Sabha elections with several Bollywood A-listers asking people to vote "smart" and choose wisely. Here are some of the top tweets: ...
  • Amitabh Bachchan, Katrina Kaif invited to a cultural event in Lahore March 30, 2014

    Karachi: Actor Amitabh Bachchan and actress Katrina Kaif have been invited for the annual Literary and Cultural Conference to be held in Lahore, organisers said. According to a report in Dawn newspaper, Bachchan, 71, and Kaif are among the many foreign dignitaries, who may attend the event organised by the Lahore Arts...
  • Javed Akhtar speaks up for Aamir Khan and Satyamev Jayate March 11, 2014

    Mumbai: Veteran writer-lyricist Javed Akhtar finds it a "shame" that certain people have abused actor-filmmaker and 'Satyamev Jayate 2' host Aamir Khan and doubted his intentions of amassing donations via the social issue-based TV show. "Shame! Instead of appreciating Aamir, the great grandson (great grand nephew) of Maulana Azad for highlighting...
  • I was merely an actor who got lucky: Amitabh Bachchan March 8, 2014

    New Delhi: Megastar Amitabh Bachchan credited his success to the script writers for helping him rule the industry for more than four decades. Bachchan, 71, who got the 'Angry Young Man' image in the industry after his brave portrayal of inspector Vijay in 'Zanjeer', said he is thankful to Salim...
  • Javed and I are moved by Alia Bhatt's performance in 'Highway': Shabana Azmi February 27, 2014

    Mumbai: Immediately after seeing her performance in Imtiaz Ali's 'Highway' Shabana Azmi rushed to the Bhatts' residence to congratulate the parents and their daughter Alia for the 20-year-old's extraordinary performance. The multiple National award winning actress, acknowledged by many cineastes as among India's finest, sees Alia as the true inheritor of...
  • As society get educated, men will be liberated: Javed Akhtar January 26, 2014

    Kolkata: In the wake of the gang rape of a 20yearold woman at the behest of a kangaroo court in West Bengal's Birbhum district, acclaimed Bollywood lyricist Javed Akhtar Saturday expressed dismay that political parties do not have the 'will or courage' to act against such violent incidents because of...
  • After Javed Akhtar, Mary Kom cancels visit to Jaipur Literature Festival January 21, 2014

    Fivetime world champion and Olympic bronzemedallist Indian woman boxer MC Mary Kom cancelled her scheduled visit at the Jaipur Literature Festival. "Her baby is unwell after her recent London trip, so unfortunately she had to cancel the visit to Jaipur," her manager Jimmy Levion told PTI. Mary Kom was slated to participate...
  • Javed Akhtar gives Jaipur Literature Festival a miss January 20, 2014

    Bollywood lyricistscriptwriter Javed Akhtar who was to attend the annual Jaipur Literature Festival on Sunday gave it a miss. The 69yearold lyricist was scheduled to participate in a session titled "Urdu Mein Hindustan" in conversation with popular Hindi poet Ashok Vajpayi. In Akhtar's absence, the session was taken over by lyricist...
  • Idol Chat: Salman talks about SalimJaved split January 18, 2014

    In an exclusive interview to CNNIBN's Entertainment Rajeev Masand, actor Salman Khan talked about his upcoming film 'Jai Ho', the actor has also explains how the SalimJaved split affected his family. ...
  • Watch: Salman explains how the SalimJaved split affected his family January 16, 2014

    Actor Salman Khan whose upcoming film 'Jai Ho' gets release on January 20 exclusively spoke to CNNIBN's entertainment editor Rajeev Masand about his father, Salim Khan, and his professional split with his writing partner of many years, Javed Akhtar, in the early 80s. ...
  • Orchestra of ideas, voices at Jaipur Literature Festival January 13, 2014

    In a few days, the grounds and chambers of the heritage 17thcentury Diggi Palace will ring with informed debate and profound observations as writers and intellectuals from India and all over the world gather for the Jaipur Literature Festival (JLF), one of the largest such literary gatherings in the world,...
  • Amitabh wasn't a huge star when he was signed for 'Sholay': SalimJaved January 11, 2014

    There won't be many doubts if SalimJaved are termed as the greatest screenplay writers of the Hindi film industry till date. The duo talked about their films, Amitabh Bachchan, separation and fondness for each other in a candid chat with Rajeev Masand. ...
  • The good should win right from the beginning, say SalimJaved January 11, 2014

    The Hindi film industry realised the importance of good writing with the emergence of SalimJaved. Together they wrote superhit films such as 'Zanjeer', 'Deewar' and 'Sholay. Salim Khan and Javed Akhtar were known for their straightforward opinion. CNNIBN's Rajeev Masand talks to them about the role of a writer in...