Javed Akhtar

1945 - Today

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Javed Akhtar (born 17 January 1945) is an Indian screenwriter, lyricist and poet. Known for his work in Hindi cinema, he has won five National Film Awards, and received the Padma Shri in 1999 and the Padma Bhushan in 2007, two of India's highest civilian honours. Akhtar came to recognition in the duo Salim–Javed, and earned his breakthrough as a screenwriter with 1973's Zanjeer. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Javed Akhtar has received more than 5,275,543 page views. His biography is available in 27 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 26 in 2019). Javed Akhtar is the 5,767th most popular writer (down from 5,532nd in 2019), the 747th most popular biography from India (down from 691st in 2019) and the 107th most popular Indian Writer.

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Notable Works

The poems in this collection contain the poet's reminiscences of his childhood, and regret the loss of its innocence with passage of time. They are about love, its complications, pains and joys.
Talking Songs
Performing Arts
Chiefly selected works; text with parallel English verse translation; includes brief transcript of interview about his works.


Among writers, Javed Akhtar ranks 5,767 out of 7,302Before him are Dániel Berzsenyi, Diana Der Hovanessian, Elena Maróthy-Šoltésová, Vincenzo Consolo, Aleksandr Chakovsky, and Shahrnush Parsipur. After him are Julian Symons, Ulrich Plenzdorf, Daniel Pearl, Nigella Lawson, Irmtraud Morgner, and Nikolai Vladimirovich Nekrasov.

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Among people born in 1945, Javed Akhtar ranks 536Before him are Rainer Brüderle, Li Dong-woon, Simon Schama, Manuel Chaves, Susan Tyrrell, and Paola Pigni. After him are Claude Barthélemy, Ray Jackendoff, Ernst Messerschmid, Katya Paskaleva, Judith O'Dea, and David Marr.

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In India

Among people born in India, Javed Akhtar ranks 747 out of 1,861Before him are Divya Bharti (1974), Padmini (1932), N. Chandrababu Naidu (1950), Yogi Adityanath (1972), N. T. Rama Rao Jr. (1983), and Monier Monier-Williams (1819). After him are Dean Mahomed (1759), Subramanian Swamy (1939), John Shepherd-Barron (1925), Sumitra Mahajan (1943), Nambi Narayanan (1941), and A. R. Rahman (1966).

Among WRITERS In India

Among writers born in India, Javed Akhtar ranks 107Before him are Muthuswami Dikshitar (1775), Nalini Bala Devi (1898), Roshanara Begum (1617), Shrilal Shukla (1925), Anita Desai (1937), and Ravindra Prabhat (1969). After him are Nambi Narayanan (1941), Abdullah Yusuf Ali (1872), Damodar Dharmananda Kosambi (1907), Ruskin Bond (1934), Gurdial Singh (1933), and Bano Qudsia (1928).