The multi talented writer turns 70 today...
Born on January 17, 1945, Javed Akhtar started his career as a dialogue writer. He then went on to become a scriptwriter before turning into a fulltime lyricist. Akhtar, with his partner Salim Khan, gave us some of the most memorable and popular films of the ’70s and ’80s including gems like Zanjeer, Trishul, Dostana, Sagar, Kaala Patthar, Mashaal, Meri Jung and Mr India amongst many others.
Despite his work as a scriptwriter, the legend is remembered more for his poetic lyrics. Well known among many are songs from Lagaan, Kal Ho Na Ho, Main Hoon Na, Rock On!!, Namastey London, Om Shanti Om.
On his birthday we give you 10 of our most favourite songs written by Javed Akhtar...
Main hoon gumsum, tu bhi khamosh hai — Talaash (2011)
Tum ho to gaata hai dil, tum nahin to kya hai yahaan, tum ho to hai sab haasil, tum nahin to geet kahaan – Rock On!! (2008)
Main jahaan rahoon, main kahin bhi hoon, teri yaad saath hai — Namastey London (2007)
Kiska hai yeh tumko intezaar main hoon na — Main Hoon Na (2004)
Har pal yahaan ji bhar jiyo, jo hai samaa kal ho na ho – Kal Ho Na Ho (2003)
Ghanan ghanan ghir aaye badra, ghan ghan ghor kaali chhaye badra – Lagaan (2001)
Panchi nadiya pawan ke jhoke, koi sarhad na inhe roke – Refugee (2000)
Sandese aate hain, humein tadpate hain, jo chitthi aati hai, toh pooche jaati hai, ke ghar kab aoge, likho kab aoge, ke tum bin yeh ghar soona soona hai – Border (1997)
Ghar se nikalte hi, kuch door chalte hi, raste me hai uska ghar – Papa Kehte Hain (1996)
Ek ladki ko dekha toh aisa laga – 1942: A Love Story (1994)
We wish the scriptwriter-poet-lyricist a very happy birthday!
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