Javed Akhtar

  • Amitabh Bachchan, Katrina Kaif invited to a cultural event in Lahore 30-03-2014 06:16 PM

    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...
  • Javed Akhtar speaks up for Aamir Khan and Satyamev Jayate 11-03-2014 10:33 AM

    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...
  • I was merely an actor who got lucky: Amitabh Bachchan 08-03-2014 05:24 PM

    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 27-02-2014 01:24 PM

    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...
  • As society get educated, men will be liberated: Javed Akhtar 26-01-2014 10:24 AM

    Kolkata: In the wake of the gang rape of a 20-year-old 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 21-01-2014 02:07 PM

    Five-time world champion and Olympic bronze-medallist 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...
  • Javed Akhtar gives Jaipur Literature Festival a miss 20-01-2014 09:52 AM

    Bollywood lyricist-scriptwriter Javed Akhtar who was to attend the annual Jaipur Literature Festival on Sunday gave it a miss. The 69-year-old 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...
  • Idol Chat: Salman talks about Salim-Javed split 18-01-2014 06:02 PM

    In an exclusive interview to CNN-IBN's Entertainment Rajeev Masand, actor Salman Khan talked about his upcoming film 'Jai Ho', the actor has also explains how the Salim-Javed split affected his family. ...
  • Watch: Salman explains how the Salim-Javed split affected his family 16-01-2014 09:07 AM

    Actor Salman Khan whose upcoming film 'Jai Ho' gets release on January 20 exclusively spoke to CNN-IBN'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 13-01-2014 08:11 AM

    In a few days, the grounds and chambers of the heritage 17th-century 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': Salim-Javed 11-01-2014 02:59 PM

    There won't be many doubts if Salim-Javed 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 Salim-Javed 11-01-2014 12:22 PM

    The Hindi film industry realised the importance of good writing with the emergence of Salim-Javed. Together they wrote superhit films such as 'Zanjeer', 'Deewar' and 'Sholay. Salim Khan and Javed Akhtar were known for their straight-forward opinion. CNN-IBN's Rajeev Masand talks to them about the role of a writer in...
  • Every person who knows his job and is aware of that is an arrogant person: Salim-Javed 11-01-2014 11:41 AM

    Mumbai: Salim-Javed, one of the most celebrated scriptwriters of the 1970s and 1980s, were seen as arrogant during their prime and the two feel that 'every person who knows his job' is arrogant. The duo scripted commercially successful films 'Zanjeer', 'Sholay', and 'Deewaar' before parting ways about 32 years ago....
  • Watch: Salim Khan and Javed Akhtar talk about the timeless movie 'Sholay' 08-01-2014 04:50 PM

    In an exclusive interview with CNN-IBN's Rajeev Masand, Bollywood's most successful writer duo Salim Khan and Javed Akhtar reveal their reactions to the 3D version of 'Sholay', the timeless movie for which they wrote the script over three decades ago. ...
  • Watch: Writer duo Salim Khan and Javed Akhtar talk about their split 08-01-2014 09:57 AM

    Writer Salim Khan said that he takes the blame of the split with Javed Akhtar on himself, while Javed Akhtar says both of them were responsible. ...
  • Javed Akhtar to get Sahitya Akademi award, son Farhan happy 20-12-2013 09:57 AM

    Mumbai: Actor-filmmaker Farhan Akhtar is happy that his father, veteran writer-lyricist Javed Akhtar has been chosen to receive the coveted Sahitya Akademi award for his Urdu poetry. He says it is a proud moment for the entire family. Javed, who has scripted many successful films like "Zanjeer, "Sholay" and "Deewar",...
  • The Last Word: Are the people who deserve the Bharat Ratna being overlooked? 18-11-2013 11:46 PM

    Days after India's highest civilian honour, the Bharat Ratna was awarded to batting genius Sachin Tendulkar and eminent scientist CNR Rao, the demand for the award has been coming from all quarters. The BJP was the first to demand Bharat Ratna for the ailing former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee....
  • Javed Akhtar, Salim Khan may team up, again 08-11-2013 01:08 PM

    Mumbai: It seems that the well-known Bollywood scriptwriters Salim Khan and Javed Akhtar, who scripted many successful film's like 'Zanjeer' and 'Deewaar' together, may team up again. "You never know there are possibilities. Have some patience," Akhtar told reporters Thursday when probed about them working together. Both the writers came...
  • Salim Khan: Love between Shah Rukh Khan, Salman Khan? Not possible 08-11-2013 10:31 AM

    Mumbai: Salman Khan and Shah Rukh Khan are seen as rivals in Bollywood and Salman's father Salim Khan on Thursday said that it's not possible for two competitors to appreciate each other's work. Salim Khan just patched up with his writing partner Javed Akhtar to unveil the trailer of the...
  • Every character in 'Sholay' is immortal, say Salim-Javed 08-11-2013 10:26 AM

    Mumbai: Noted Bollywood screenwriters Salim Khan and Javed Akhtar who wrote 1975 blockbuster Sholay and came together after a long time for the trailer launch of its 3D version, said here today, that every character in the movie is "immortal". "Sholay is a masterpiece. It's a moment of nostalgia and...
  • Javed Akhtar: 'Sholay' doesn't belong to us, we belong to the film 08-11-2013 09:59 AM

    Mumbai: Contrary to the normal belief that cult film 'Sholay' belongs to its scriptwriters Javed Akhtar and Sailm Khan, the writers say it is the other way round as the film is promoting them even 38 years after its release. "I don't generally watch my old films, I get embarrassed....
  • 90 pc Indians oppose Narendra Modi: Javed Akhtar 07-11-2013 11:13 AM

    New Delhi: Noted Bollywood writer-lyricist Javed Akhtar has said that 90 per cent Indian oppose BJP prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi. Taking on Modi supporters, Akhtar tweeted: "Some idiots imply that opposing Modi is an anti national activity. Are they suggesting that we , the 90 % Indians are anti...
  • Robert De Niro is charming: Shabana Azmi 06-11-2013 03:13 PM

    Mumbai: Veteran actress Shabana Azmi met Hollywood actor Robert De Niro in the capital and she enjoyed spending time with the 'charming' star. The actress, currently seen in TV show '24', posted a photograph with De Niro and her writer-lyricist-husband Javed Akhtar on Twitter Tuesday. "Javed and I had lunch...
  • I congratulate Rakesh Roshan, 'Krrish 3' is a director's film: Javed Akhtar 01-11-2013 12:45 PM

    Mumbai: Acclaimed writer-lyricist Javed Akhtar is stunned after seeing 'Krrish 3' and is amazed to see the level of techniques and special effects in the film. "It will take me a day or two to contain my amazement. I am stunned to see that our country can also make films...
  • Narendra Modi cannot be a good PM: Javed Akhtar 24-10-2013 05:37 PM

    Lyricist and Rajya Sabha MP Javed Akhtar on Thursday said Narendra Modi can never be a good prime minister, alleging that the BJP's PM aspirant was not only tainted of communal riots but was also "undemocratic". "Besides, all talks of involvement in Gujarat riots of 2002 which are before the...
  • 24: Javed Akhtar writes a special speech for Anil Kapoor's TV show 05-10-2013 01:40 PM

    Mumbai: Acclaimed writer-lyricist Javed Akhtar has penned a special speech to be delivered by a key character in fiction show '24'. The lines written by him will be used in a speech which will be made by on screen prime ministerial candidate Aditya Singhania, played by Neil Bhoopalam in the...