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Javed Akhtar



Biography

Javed Akhtar is a Hindi/Urdu poet, lyricist and scriptwriter, well known in India as one half of the hugely successful song-writing duo, Salim-Javed. Akhtar continues to be prominent in Bollywood and is one of the most popular and sought-after lyricists in the film industry. Apart from writing lyrics for films, Akhtar has also attempted more serious Urdu poetry; a major compilation of his works appeared in Tarkash, rendered into audio in his voice. Javed Akhtar was awarded the Padma Bhushan in 2007; he has won the Filmfare Award 14 times, seven for Best Script, and seven for Best Lyrics, in addition to many others, including the prestigious National Award five times. In 2001 Akhtar received the National Integration Award from the All India Anti-Terrorist Association.
Javed Akhtar