Some Interesting Facts About ‘Javed Akhtar’ As He Turns 78 Today

Javed Akhtar celebrates his birthday today. He has blessed us with many iconic songs which will reverberate in our hearts forever. He has won five National Awards in the ‘Best Lyricist’ category.

‘Har Ghadi’ song from the film ‘Kal Ho Na Ho, Ek Ladki To Dekha To Aisa Laga’ from the film ‘1942 A Love Story, Sandese Aate Hai’ song from the film Border, Main Koi Aisa Geet Gaun’ song from the film ‘Yes Boss, include some of the evergreen songs for which he has penned down the lyrics.

Here are some interesting facts about the poet.  His nickname was’ Jadoo’. His father gave him this name. The name originated from the phrase ‘ Lamha lamha kisi jadu ka fasana hoga.’

Javed was first married to Honey Irani. The couple has two children, Farhan Akhtar and Zoya Akhtar.  He is married to the famous actress Shabana Azmi now.

Javed Akhtar has been working in Hindi cinema for more than half a century now. He was born on 17 January 1945 as the son of the songwriter  Jan Nisar Akhtar and Safia. His mother was an Urdu author and professor. His grandfather Muzhtar Khairabadi was also a well-known poet.

Javed Akhtar was awarded ‘Padma Shri’ in the year 1999. Let us all wish a very ‘Happy Birthday’ to the legend who turns 78 today.