Javed Akhtar

  • There's no way we can justify MP's absence in Rajya Sabha, especially Sachin Tendulkar; his word carries weight: Javed Akhtar 2 days ago

    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 June 14, 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 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 January 21, 2014

    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 to participate...
  • Javed Akhtar gives Jaipur Literature Festival a miss January 20, 2014

    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 lyricist...
  • Idol Chat: Salman talks about Salim-Javed split January 18, 2014

    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 January 16, 2014

    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 January 13, 2014

    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 January 12, 2014

    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 January 11, 2014

    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 January 11, 2014

    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. They...
  • Watch: Salim Khan and Javed Akhtar talk about the timeless movie 'Sholay' January 8, 2014

    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 January 9, 2014

    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 December 20, 2013

    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", among...
  • The Last Word: Are the people who deserve the Bharat Ratna being overlooked? November 19, 2013

    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 November 8, 2013

    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 together afer...
  • Salim Khan: Love between Shah Rukh Khan, Salman Khan? Not possible November 8, 2013

    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 3D...
  • Every character in 'Sholay' is immortal, say Salim-Javed November 8, 2013

    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 November 8, 2013

    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. But...