Son of well-known Urdu poet and film lyricist Jan
Nisar Akhtar and Safia Akhtar, teacher and writer,
Javed Akhtar belongs to a family lineage that can
be traced back to seven generations of writers.
The highly respected Urdu poet, Majaz was his
mother’s brother and the work of Muzter Khairabadi,
his grandfather, is looked upon as a milestone in
Javed Akhtar's body of work can be categorized
under three distinct categories:
a) Script Writer b) Lyricist c) Poet
Along with his ex-partner, Salim, he scripted
super hits like, 'Zanjeer', 'Deewar',' Sholay', 'Haathi
Mere Saathi', 'Seeta Aur Geeta', 'Don', 'Trishul',
etc. Salim-Javed as a writer-duo gave to Indian
Cinema the memorable persona of the ‘Angry Young
After the split from his partner Salim (in 1981),
he has written a list of successful films, notable
amongst them are; 'Sagar', 'Mr. India', 'Betaab',
'Arjun' and Lakshya etc.
AWARDS: FOR FILMS
National Award for Best Lyricist five times. Of
these three of them were in an unprecedented row.
Film Fare Award for Best Script / Best Lyricist
Screen Award for Best Lyricist four times.
Zee Award for Best Lyricist five times.
IIFA Award for Best Lyricist three times.
Sansui Viewers Choice Award four times and
AWARDS FOR ACTIVISM
1. Padmabhushan by the Government of India, given
to eminent citizens for excellence in their field
and distinguished contribution to society.
2. Avadh Ratna from Government of Uttar Pradesh in
3. National Integration Award from All India
Anti-Terrorist Association 2001.
4. National Integration Award from Mewar
5. Indira Gandhi Award for National Integration,
6. Nagrik Samman by Mayor of Bhopal 2002 amongst
countless other awards.
1. Harvard University – Keynote speaker on Secular
element in Urdu poetry.
2. Columbia University – Keynote speaker on Social
Justice and Communal Harmony.
3. University of Mary Land – Keynote speaker on
Forces to counter fundamentalism.
4. Berkeley California – Indian Politics &
5. University of London – Modern Urdu Poetry
6. University of Cambridge – Indian Society –
7. University of Oxford – Indian Cinema & New
8. Jawahar Lal Nehru University
9. Aligarh Muslim University
10. Vishwa Bharati University
Javed Akhtar started writing Urdu poetry in 1980.
His first collection of Nazms and Ghazals
entitled, ‘TARKASH' has had a very successful
release in 1995. It is already in its ninth
edition in Hindi, and fifth edition in Urdu. It
has received rave reviews both as a book and as
India's first audio book (available on cassettes
and CD) brought out by PLUS MUSIC. The audio book
has sold more than a hundred thousand copies.
Javed Akhtar is also a respected social
commentator and activist. He has written a large
number of poems against communalism, social
injustice, National Integration and for Women's
Rights. Ministry of Human Resource Development has
declared his song, beckoning the misguided youth
to come forward and build the country, the
National Anthem for Youth in 1995.
He is a founder member of the respected Muslim
Intelligentsia-a group that has been vocal against
fundamentalism of all hues and seeks to lead the
Muslims to concentrate on education and women's
On the occasion of Gandhi Jayanti 2nd October 2003
Javed Akhtar released the declaration of MUSLIMS
FOR SECULAR DEMOCRACY. MFSD of which Javed Akhtar
is president, was formed after consultation with
large numbers of organizations and intellectuals
from all sections of society. MFSD has not only
taken a secular, liberal and progressive stand,
but to a great extent has succeeded in building a
consensus on controversial issues of Muslims such
as Uniform Civil Code, Triple Talaq, Haj Subsidy
etc. It is heartening to note that MFSD has found
support amongst both Teachers and Students
Associations of Aligarh Muslim University.
Chapters of MFSD have been launched in cities like
Aligarh, Allahabad, Lucknow, Kanpur and Mumbai. It
is an ongoing process.
He is an active member of “Citizens for Justice
and Peace”. CJP is an organization for eleven
people that has kept the Gujarat Genocide issue
alive and has taken Gujarat government to court.
India Today a weekly magazine equal to Time and
News Week has included Javed Akhtar’s name in a
list of 50 Most Powerful people in the Country.
Javed Akhtar is an avid reader with a keen
interest in politics. His poetry reflects both his
political awareness and his literary concerns. His
latest book of poetry in Urdu LAVA was released in
New Delhi by Vice President Sh. Hamid Ansari and
in Mumbai by Lata Mangashker
Javed Akhtar has been given Hon. Doctorate from
Pondicherry University - Doctor of Letters (bonoris
Javed Akhtar has been Nominated to Rajya Sabha as
Member of Parliament by President of India 2010.
He was the leading force behind the recently
passed Copyright Amendment bill that restores
dignity to lyrics and music composers and gives
them what is rightfully theirs in terms of
A highly respected writer and social commentator
Javed Akhtar is admired for his secular, liberal
and progressive values.