Javed Akhtar: News

Javed Akhtar was born on January 17, 1945, in Gwalior, Central India Agency, British India. His credits include ‘Lagaan: Once Upon a Time in India,’ ‘Om Shanti Om,’ and ‘Kal Ho Naa Ho.’ Since December 9, 1984, he has been married to Shabana Azmi. Previously, he was married to Honey Irani. Akhtar gained fame as part of the Salim–Javed duo and his first film as a screenwriter was 1973-flick 'Zanjeer.’ He went on to create the soundtracks for the films ‘Deewar’ and ‘Sholay,’ both of which were released in 1975 and earned cult status as well as having a significant cultural impact. For his work as a lyricist, he won the National Film Award for Best Lyrics five times and the Filmfare Award for Best Lyricist eight times. The Government of India bestowed the civilian honor of Padma Shri on Akhtar in 1999, followed by the Padma Bhushan in 2007. As of 2020, he received the Richard Dawkins Award for being a "strong force for secularism, reason, and human rights, fighting superstition and bigotry through his poetry, filmmaking, and political activity."

29 Aug 2023


'Rock On!!': How Bollywood film changed landscape for rock bands

From head banging to Pichle Saat Dinon Mein to resorting to Tum Ho Toh during "sadboi hours," Rock On!! manages to be a part of our daily lives to date.

26 Jul 2023

Kangana Ranaut

Kangana Ranaut v/s Javed Akhtar defamation case timeline 

Veteran Bollywood lyricist Javed Akhtar has been summoned by a Mumbai Magistrate court on August 5 based on actor Kangana Ranaut's complaint as a counter to his ongoing defamation case.

14 Jun 2023

Kangana Ranaut

5 things Javed Akhtar said about his meeting with Kangana

Javed Akhtar and Kangana Ranaut have been embroiled in a legal battle since 2020 after the former filed a defamation suit against Ranaut. On Tuesday, Akhtar appeared before the Andheri Metropolitan Magistrate court revealing details about the time when he called Ranaut to his home for "giving advice" on her public spat with Hrithik Roshan.

04 May 2023

Kangana Ranaut

#DefamationCase: Javed Akhtar was 'humiliated' over Kangana Ranaut's 'suicide' remarks

Kangana Ranaut, the Queen of Bollywood is always rocking the headlines. She majorly makes it to the news for her controversial opinions and seldom for her films.

09 Mar 2023


When Satish Kaushik offered to marry Neena Gupta

The sudden passing of veteran actor-filmmaker Satish Kaushik on Thursday left a huge void in everyone's heart.

03 Mar 2023


Happy birthday, Shankar Mahadevan: Top 5 songs of the legend

Renowned singer-composer Shankar Mahadevan is celebrating his 56th birthday on Friday, March 3. The versatile singer and music composer has gifted the film industry with his soulful music and voice.

22 Feb 2023


'Don't consider her important': Javed Akhtar on Kangana supporting him

Bollywood actor Kangana Ranaut took everyone by surprise when she applauded popular writer/lyricist Javed Akhtar for reminding Pakistan of the Mumbai terror attacks of 26/11 at the Faiz Festival 2023 in Lahore where he was invited as a guest.

21 Feb 2023


Javed Akhtar recalls deadly 26/11 attacks at event in Pakistan

Lyricist-writer Javed Akhtar is presently in Lahore, for a festival.

17 Jan 2023


Happy birthday, Javed Akhtar: Revisiting our favorite songs by him

Poet, lyricist, and screenwriter Javed Akhtar is a living legend and an unparalleled institution of poetry and lyric writing.

24 Nov 2022

Salim Khan

5 Salim-Javed films that changed Hindi cinema forever

Indian Cinema is all about catapulting star images. Here we fall in love with our favorite actors, giving them a demi-god status.

30 Jul 2022

Kangana Ranaut

Defamation case: Kangana Ranaut requests court to record sister's statement

Bollywood actor Kangana Ranaut has reportedly approached a court in Mumbai, urging it to record her sister Rangoli Chandel's statement in the ongoing defamation case filed against her by lyricist Javed Akhtar.

25 Mar 2022

Kangana Ranaut

#DefamationCase: 'Celebrity, but accused,' Court denies Kangana Ranaut permanent exemption

In the ongoing defamation case filed against Bollywood actor Kangana Ranaut by veteran lyricist/screenwriter Javed Akhtar, the former had applied for permanent exemption from appearing in front of the court.

26 Feb 2022

Kangana Ranaut

Javed Akhtar defamation case: Order reserved on Kangana's transfer plea

We have a new update on the ongoing defamation case brought in by veteran lyricist-screenwriter Javed Akhtar against actor Kangana Ranaut.

04 Feb 2022


Shibani Dandekar-Farhan Akhtar to marry this month, confirms Javed Akhtar

It's the season of weddings in Bollywood and the next couple to tie the knot is actor/director/producer Farhan Akhtar and anchor/model Shibani Dandekar.

01 Feb 2022

Boney Kapoor

Shabana Azmi contracts COVID-19; Boney Kapoor leaves quirky comment

Veteran actor Shabana Azmi took to her social media handles late on Monday to announce that she has tested positive for the dangerous COVID-19.

28 Sep 2021


Show-cause notice sent to Javed Akhtar over RSS Taliban comment

A show-cause notice was issued to veteran Bollywood lyricist Javed Akhtar by a Thane court recently over his purported defamatory comment where he had compared the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) to the Taliban.

20 Sep 2021


Javed Akhtar case: Kangana Ranaut appears in court, files counter-complaint

Actress Kangana Ranaut appeared in front of the Metropolitan Magistrate's Court on Monday in relation to the defamation case filed against her by poet-lyricist Javed Akhtar.

09 Sep 2021

Bombay High Court

Javed Akhtar's defamation case filed against Kangana Ranaut will stay

Kangana Ranaut, whose film Thalaivii will hit the theaters tomorrow, received a major legal setback today.

06 Sep 2021


BJP wants Akhtar to apologize for comparing RSS with Taliban

Security was beefed up outside the residence of writer-lyricist Javed Akhtar in Mumbai on Monday after a Maharashtra BJP MLA demanded an apology from him over his remark where he allegedly compared the RSS with the Taliban, a police official said.

05 Sep 2021


BJP leader demands apology from Javed Akhtar over Taliban comment

Veteran writer-lyricist Javed Akhtar recently compared the Taliban to functionaries of organizations like the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) and Vishva Hindu Parishad (VHP) in a media interaction.

13 Aug 2021

Independence Day

Sad that filmmakers are dumping songs from films: Javed Akhtar

Noted screenwriter-lyricist Javed Akhtar says today filmmakers use songs in movies as an obligation for revenue and not as a narrative tool because they are "embarrassed" about it.

20 Jul 2021

Salman Khan

I once envisioned documentary on dad as private docu-drama: Arbaaz

Actor-producer Arbaaz Khan says he is thrilled that a documentary on the formidable screenwriter duo Salim Khan, his father, and Javed Akhtar is being developed, something that he had once envisioned as a private docu-drama for the family.

15 Jun 2021

Salman Khan

Salman, Farhan, Zoya to produce documentary on Salim-Javed

The story behind the formidable writer duo Salim Khan and Javed Akhtar will be brought to the screen in a documentary produced by their children, superstar Salman Khan, actor Farhan Akhtar, and filmmaker Zoya Akhtar.

01 Jun 2021

Zoya Akhtar

Netflix to buy streaming rights of documentary drama on Salim-Javed?

Netflix is apparently eyeing to buy the digital streaming rights of an upcoming docu-drama on the famed writer duo Salim-Javed, said a report.

26 Mar 2021


Kangana Ranaut granted bail in Javed Akhtar defamation case

On Thursday, a Mumbai court granted bail to actress Kangana Ranaut in the criminal defamation case filed by lyricist-writer Javed Akhtar.

02 Mar 2021


Kangana Ranaut moves SC seeking transfer of cases to Himachal

Bollywood actor, Kangana Ranaut, who often surfaces in the news for her statements, has now approached the Supreme Court, seeking the transfer of cases to Shimla, Himachal Pradesh, her home state, reports Live Law.

01 Mar 2021


Bailable warrant against Kangana Ranaut in Javed Akhtar's defamation case

A court in Mumbai today issued a bailable warrant against film actor Kangana Ranaut after she failed to appear before it in connection with a criminal defamation complaint filed against her by lyricist and poet Javed Akhtar, reports say.

01 Feb 2021

Mumbai Police

Kangana Ranaut summoned in Javed Akhtar's defamation case

On Monday, a Mumbai court issued summons to actor Kangana Ranaut in the defamation case filed by lyricist Javed Akhtar last year.

19 Dec 2020


Police probe ordered into Javed Akhtar's complaint against Kangana

A metropolitan magistrate court in Mumbai today ordered a police investigation into lyricist-poet Javed Akhtar's defamation complaint against actor Kangana Ranaut for allegedly making derogatory comments against him.

04 Nov 2020

Kangana Ranaut

Javed Akhtar files defamation case against Kangana Ranaut

Poet and lyricist Javed Akhtar has filed a defamation case against actor Kangana Ranaut.

09 Jul 2020


RIP Jagdeep: Bollywood thanks the veteran for decades of entertainment

Veteran actor Jagdeep, who played the iconic role of Soorma Bhopali in cult classic Sholay, and made the audience laugh for decades through his unmatchable comic timing and onscreen antics, passed away on Wednesday at his residence in Mumbai. He was 81. He will be laid to rest today.

10 Apr 2020

Airtel Digital TV

Amid lockdown, leading DTH operators offer subscribers free service channels

Leading DTH operators in India have started offering some free service channels in India, the offer is valid at least till April 14. The move is aimed at encouraging home-bound customers to try activities like cooking, dancing, and exercising during the ongoing nation-wide lockdown.

28 Feb 2020


'Mr. India' row: Javed Akhtar lashes out at Shekhar Kapur

The announcement of a planned reboot of the 1987 Bollywood movie Mr. India has got mired in a major controversy.

19 Feb 2020


Javed Akhtar threatened Kangana, said 'apologize' to Hrithik: Rangoli Chandel

In her latest attack, Kangana Ranaut's sister Rangoli Chandel has claimed that poet/lyricist Javed Akhtar once threatened Kangana Ranaut and asked her to apologize to fellow actor Hrithik Roshan, who the actress infamously had a spat with.

18 Jan 2020

Shabana Azmi

Shabana Azmi injured in road accident on Mumbai-Pune Expressway

In a tragic incident, veteran actress Shabana Azmi on Saturday met with a car accident on the Mumbai-Pune Expressway. Shabana (69) has reportedly sustained critical injuries.

26 Apr 2019

Kanhaiya Kumar

Shabana Azmi seeks votes for Kanhaiya Kumar, slams BJP

On Thursday, veteran actress Shabana Azmi campaigned for CPI candidate Kanhaiya Kumar in Begusarai, where she accused BJP of inciting communal tensions.

Congress removes stanza from campaign theme song after EC objects

The Congress had to remove one stanza from its campaign theme song, which was an apparent jibe at Prime Minister Narendra Modi, after the Election Commission objected to it, sources said.

23 Mar 2019

Vivek Oberoi

'PM Narendra Modi': Here's why Javed Akhtar, Sameer were credited

Prime Minister Narendra Modi's upcoming biopic has been in the swirling vortex of controversy since inception.

22 Dec 2018


Why should we ignore Bollywood babas?

Have you seen Elon Musk, Tim Cook, Ratan Tata giving people marital advice on Twitter? Or Sachin Tendulkar talking about how to raise funds from a venture capitalist? Exactly.

24 Jul 2018


Bollywood celebs voice their outrage over increasing instances of lynching

Bollywood celebrities, including lyricist Javed Akhtar and director Sudhir Mishra, today voiced their outrage over the increasing instances of lynching and pressed for justice for the victims.

27 Jun 2018

Delhi Police

Carton containing chopped-body leads Police to engineer who killed wife

The most carefully planned crimes can unravel with the minutest of details. So proved Delhi Police, who found pieces of a woman's body in a carton in Jasola Vihar.

02 May 2018

Sona Mohapatra

Sufi group threatens Sona Mohapatra, invites Javed Akhtar's ire

Javed Akhtar condemned sufi group, Madariya Sufi Foundation for threatening singer Sona Mohapatra and asking her to take down her music video of 'Tori Surat'.

23 Apr 2018


Javed Akhtar's IPRS company distributes Rs. 13cr royalty to members

Veteran film writer and lyricist Javed Akhtar, who is the Chairman of the Indian Performing Rights Society (IPRS), today distributed Rs. 13cr among its members as part of the royalty given by music companies.

12 Apr 2018

Uttar Pradesh

Justice for Unnao, Kathua rape victims: Bollywood comes forward

Angry, ashamed, and heartbroken is how the Indian film industry personalities described their feelings over the brutal Unnao and Kathua rapes and demanded swift action against the perpetrators.

28 Mar 2018

Aamir Khan

Don't try to pollute film industry with communal bias: Akhtar

Veteran screenwriter Javed Akhtar today warned "bigots" to be wary of communalizing the Indian film industry, which he termed as "the citadel of secularism".

23 Mar 2018


Daisy Irani, child-star of the 1950s, was raped at 6

Famous child star of the yesteryears, Daisy Irani, has revealed more than 60 years later that she was raped during a shoot when she was six.

19 Mar 2018


Karan Johar celebrates mother Hiroo Johar's birthday with Kajol

The 75th birthday of filmmaker Karan Johar's mother Hiroo turned out to be a memorable affair as Karan Johar and Kajol, who had a fallout in 2016, happily posed for pictures together.

Illayaraja's legal notice to Balasubramanyam for using his compositions

Music legend Illayaraja sent a legal notice to playback singer Balasubramanyam for singing the former's compositions without prior permission at many concerts.