The famous Indian poet, lyricist and screenwriter, Javed Akhtar had an illustrious career and soon, a biopic will be made on his life. According to a report in DNA, his wife Shabana Azmi and son Farhan Akhtar are planning the project. Farhan will not only direct the film but play the part of his old man.
Speaking to DNA, a source close to the Akhtars has revealed, “It’s been an idea under progress for nearly three years. And now, it’s time to get going with the idea.” Both Farhan and Shabana had kept the biopic a secret. “It was on October 4, 1964, that Javed Akhtar arrived in Bombay at the age of 19 with two pairs of clothes, a few books and lots of dreams. This marks the 53rd year of that arrival. He slept on the streets, at Khar railway station, graduated to studio compounds, dressing rooms, Mahakali Caves and went without food for days”, Shabana said.
Javed is one of the most influential lyricists and screenwriters for Indian cinema and especially Bollywood. He formed one half of the Salim-Javed duo that is famous for scripting blockbusters movies. They found success for screenwriting in movies such as Andaz, Adhikar, Haathi Mere Saathi, Sholay, Deewar, Kranti to name a few. Apart from screenwriting, Javed has written lyrics for a plethora of timeless classics. He had even worked with his son, Farhan, for movies such as Dil Chahta Hai, Rock On! And Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara. However, he had struggled to set his foot in the door. When he arrived in Mumbai in 1964, he struggled to find work in the Hindi film industry. Javed used to sleep under trees, or in corridors, until he took shelter in Kamal Amrohi Studio in Jogeshwari.
“On his most desolate day he told himself, ‘Things will change, I wasn’t born to die on the streets’. We can have nothing but unconditional respect for his indomitable will and for the person he is, rising above bitterness and anger to become the compassionate person he is. I am very proud of my Jadu”, Shabana told DNA.