Javed Akhtar

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Javed Akhtar said : "Of course he is, I mean fascists don't have horns on their head," "The moment you hate people in wholesale, you're a fascist," External link

aljazeera-en Friday, February 14, 2020 3:07:00 PM EAT

Javed Akhtar said : "Theatre or cinema's influence is highly exaggerated. No country can claim that a revolution or a great social change came into that society because of a film," External link

aljazeera-en Friday, February 14, 2020 3:07:00 PM EAT

Javed Akhtar said : "Of course he is, I mean fascists don't have horns on their head," "The moment you hate people in wholesale, you're a fascist," External link

aljazeera-en Friday, February 14, 2020 3:07:00 PM EAT

Javed Akhtar said : "Theatre or cinema's influence is highly exaggerated. No country can claim that a revolution or a great social change came into that society because of a film," External link

aljazeera-en Friday, February 14, 2020 3:07:00 PM EAT

Javed Akhtar said : “This is welcome news. I would like to congratulate both SPN and IPRS for working collaboratively. The creative community welcomes Sony Pictures Networks India (SPN) to IPRS as a licensee and I look forward to this relationship being strengthened further” External link

indiantelevision Thursday, February 6, 2020 10:54:00 AM EAT

Javed Akhtar added ( about Shabana Azmi ) : "It could have been a lot worse. I'd say Shabana had a miraculous escape," External link

news-yahoo-in Friday, January 31, 2020 12:15:00 AM EAT

Javed Akhtar expressed : "Some of the photographs go back to my school days. I am wondering where they sourced them from," External link

ibtimes-in Tuesday, January 14, 2020 3:22:00 PM EAT

Javed Akhtar told ( about Farhan Akhtar ) : "I have just heard it from you. I was with Farhan on his birthday, which was the day before yesterday. He didn't tell me anything about this. But you never know, children can be very secretive," External link

news-yahoo-in Tuesday, January 14, 2020 2:06:00 AM EAT

Javed Akhtar told ( about Farhan Akhtar ) : “I have just heard it from you. I was with Farhan on his birthday, which was the day before yesterday. He didn’t tell me anything about this. But you never know, children can be very secretive,” External link

expressindia Monday, January 13, 2020 1:22:00 PM EAT

Javed Akhtar told ( about Farhan Akhtar ) : “I have just heard it from you. I was with Farhan on his birthday, which was the day before yesterday. He didn’t tell me anything about this. But you never know, children can be very secretive,” External link

HindustanTimes Sunday, January 12, 2020 3:06:00 PM EAT

Javed Akhtar added : “Faiz Ahmed Faiz was like a leading star of the progressive writers who emerged in undivided India,” External link

tribune Saturday, January 4, 2020 12:34:00 PM EAT

Javed Akhtar said : “The man who wrote a poem to express his sorrow over the division of India is now being termed as anti-India,” External link

tribune Saturday, January 4, 2020 12:34:00 PM EAT

Javed Akhtar told : “Describing Faiz’s poem as anti-Hindu is both absurd and funny. He was a leading star of the Progressive Writers’ movement in undivided India. He spent half his years outside Pakistan because he was being labelled anti-Pakistan. He wrote this poem against the regressive, communal and fundamentalist Zia-ul-Haq government,” External link

timesofindia Friday, January 3, 2020 1:15:00 AM EAT

Javed Akhtar told ( about Mohammad Zia ul Haq ) : "This poem was written against a fundamentalist called Zia-ul-Haq, a dictator. It is interesting that fundamentalists, all kinds of, don't like this poem," External link

business-standard Thursday, January 2, 2020 8:54:00 PM EAT

Javed Akhtar said : "It seems we are negotiating with people who have no sense of history, have no idea who this great poet was, who have no idea what poetry is, who don't know the language in which it was written, they don't know anything. This is written against a fundamentalist, regressive, almost Talibani mentality holding dictator. This poem was banned under his regime," External link

business-standard Thursday, January 2, 2020 8:54:00 PM EAT

Javed Akhtar told ( about Mohammad Zia ul Haq ) : "He lived half his life outside Pakistan, he was called anti-Pakistan there. 'Hum Dekhenge' he wrote against Zia ul Haq's government which was a communal regressive and fundamentalist government," External link

newindianexpress Thursday, January 2, 2020 6:34:00 PM EAT

Javed Akhtar said ( about Faiz ) : “Calling Faiz’s poetry anti-Hindu is absurd. And so funny that it is difficult to seriously talk about it,” External link

HindustanTimes Thursday, January 2, 2020 3:44:00 PM EAT

Javed Akhtar said : "An-al-Haq means 'Aham Brahma', this is not an Islamic thought... This was started by the Sufis. Those who are speaking against an-al-haq should know that they are speaking the language of Aurangzeb. He had the same thoughts, he cracked down on those who used term," "Now how to speak to such jaahils (illiterates) and idiots who don't understand that the term is Sufi, it is in sync with advait philosophy," External link

business-standard Thursday, January 2, 2020 2:36:00 PM EAT

Javed Akhtar stated : "calling Faiz Ahmed Faiz an 'anti-Hindu' is so absurd and funny that its difficult to seriously talk about it. He lived half his life outside Pakistan, he was called anti-Pakistan there. Faiz wrote 'Hum Dekhenge' poem against Zia ul Haq's communal, regressive and fundamentalist Government" External link

business-standard Thursday, January 2, 2020 2:36:00 PM EAT

Javed Akhtar told ( about Mohammad Zia ul Haq ) : "He lived half his life outside Pakistan, he was called anti-Pakistan there. 'Hum Dekhenge' he wrote against Zia ul Haq's government which was a communal regressive and fundamentalist government," External link

myanmarnews Thursday, January 2, 2020 2:15:00 PM EAT

Javed Akhtar said : "He was a very paradoxical man, I can't say a more boring thing about him if I say he was a good man. When he was good he could be good beyond limits and same goes for when he was angry with somebody. It was like a pendulum with him," External link

business-standard Saturday, December 14, 2019 2:47:00 PM EAT

Javed Akhtar told : "She was 93 and she was having one problem after another. She was admitted to Kokikaben Dhirubai Ambani hospital, for certain days she was in the ICU and then she was out of ICU. It was all age related," External link

dnaindia Saturday, November 23, 2019 5:32:00 PM EAT

Javed Akhtar said : “I have never been discriminated against in the name of religion. Students love me. Language and literature are not the monopoly of any religion. The wider is the perspective of the scholars of a language, the greater is its development and popularity,” External link

timesofindia Friday, November 22, 2019 6:07:00 AM EAT

Javed Akhtar added ( about Amitabh Bachchan ) : "People often ask me, what is the secret of success? I give them an example, look at the rivers, Amazon, Nile, Ganga all these rivers have formed their own way to reach the ocean but each of their route is different. So Amitabh Bachchan had to be successful it was just a matter of chance," External link

business-standard Sunday, October 13, 2019 1:15:00 PM EAT

Javed Akhtar said : "An average Hindi film's screenplay is nearer to a novel than a short story. Now the new cinema that's developing is gradually going towards short story and is rejecting the songs. So the epic-like quality is gradually going out of Indian cinema and I am very sad about it," External link

business-standard Tuesday, October 8, 2019 6:44:00 PM EAT

Javed Akhtar says : “When we met, we got very emotional, recalled our old days. And then he sent over four bundles of my possessions that he’d been keeping. And I found four of my precious autograph books were in them!” External link

HindustanTimes Wednesday, September 25, 2019 11:34:00 PM EAT

Javed Akhtar added : “Language has shrunk and our connection with literature has been severed. Writers are the historians of the common man. Reading good literature gives you a developed sense of beauty; it is something that teaches you to reject injustice because it is ugly, to reject exploitation because it is ugly. Never has the value of literature been more crucial than it is today,” External link

expressindia Saturday, September 21, 2019 6:00:00 AM EAT

Javed Akhtar said : “We always strive to help our music fraternity through all available means … The moment we came to know about the ill-health of our composer friend Vanraj Bhatia, we immediately released from our funds for his aid,” External link

thehindu Thursday, September 19, 2019 12:21:00 AM EAT

Javed Akhtar told : "If her comments have upset the Pakistani establishment, they can do whatever they wish," External link

business-standard Thursday, August 22, 2019 12:29:00 PM EAT

Javed Akhtar commented : "The day one of them will stop abusing me, I will wonder what is wrong with me," External link

business-standard Thursday, August 22, 2019 12:29:00 PM EAT

Javed Akhtar told : "If her comments have upset the Pakistani establishment, they can do whatever they wish," External link

news18 Thursday, August 22, 2019 12:10:00 PM EAT

Javed Akhtar commented : "The day one of them will stop abusing me, I will wonder what is wrong with me," External link

news18 Thursday, August 22, 2019 12:10:00 PM EAT

Javed Akhtar added : "I get trolled by all Muslim extremists and Hindu extremists but, as long as both the brigades are abusing me I am totally convinced that I am saying something right," External link

news-yahoo-in Thursday, August 22, 2019 12:49:00 AM EAT

Javed Akhtar described : "He wasn't working for a long time due to his age and even Bollywood today didn't want the type of music he composed." External link

irishsun Tuesday, August 20, 2019 11:20:00 AM EAT

Javed Akhtar said : “No one knows him better than me, and the others who did aren’t alive,” External link

pakobserver Friday, August 2, 2019 8:06:00 PM EAT

Javed Akhtar said ( about Sahir Ludhianvi ) : “If there is someone who can write a film on him (Ludhianvi), that is me. No one knows him better than me. And the others who knew him aren’t alive,” External link

pakobserver Friday, August 2, 2019 8:06:00 PM EAT

Javed Akhtar replied : "What do you mean by still a refugee? Does it mean that you feel like an outsider and not an Indian and you don't feel that this is your motherland. If in India you are still a refugee where will you not feel like a refugee , In Pakistan? Cut this melodrama, you poor rich but lonely guy," External link

news-yahoo-in Monday, July 29, 2019 9:54:00 AM EAT

Javed Akhtar wrote : “What do you mean by still a refugee Does it mean that you feel like an outsider n not an Indian n you don’t feel that this is your motherland. If in India you are still a refugee where will you not feel like a refugee, In Pakistan? Cut this melodrama, you poor rich but lonely guy,” External link

expressindia Monday, July 29, 2019 9:18:00 AM EAT

Javed Akhtar said : “If in India you are still a refugee where will you not feel like a refugee , In Pakistan? Cut this melodrama, you poor rich but lonely guy,” “You introduce yourself as neither prejudiced by the past nor afraid of the future living in this moment and in the same breath you say you are a refugee of partition and still a refugee. One doesn’t need a magnifying glass to see the contradiction,” External link

HindustanTimes Sunday, July 28, 2019 6:53:00 PM EAT

Javed Akhtar said : "We have an interesting relationship with nostalgia and it is not just the film industry but the entire country. We often praise the olden days as if everything was just amazing then. But at the same time we do not respect the old times," External link

news18 Thursday, July 25, 2019 8:27:00 AM EAT

Javed Akhtar said ( about Ki Barfi ) : "I honestly feel every generation makes good and bad films. There are some really good films being made today, such as 'Article 15', 'Super 30', 'Udaan', 'Andhadhun', 'Bareilly Ki Barfi' and 'Gully Boy'. Even the dialogues (in these films) are real. We no longer get to hear typical dialogues of the films of the eighties and the nineties," External link

mid-day Wednesday, July 24, 2019 4:03:00 PM EAT

Javed Akhtar pointed out ( about Mohammed Rafi ) : "We all are admirers of Rafi saab. I was yet to start writing songs when he sang, but I have grown up listening to him in school and college. I feel we haven't appreciated one quality of Rafi saab. He was really the first playback singer of the world. There have been many big singers in the world but you can't pinpoint a singer who used to change his voice according to the actors who was acting out the song on the screen. He was first singer when it comes to that sort of a skill," External link

mid-day Wednesday, July 24, 2019 4:03:00 PM EAT

Javed Akhtar said ( about Mohammad Rafi ) : "Rafi sir had one quality which didn't earn the appreciation it should have. I believe that he was the world's first playback singer," External link

business-standard Wednesday, July 24, 2019 12:17:00 PM EAT

Javed Akhtar said ( about Mohammed Rafi ) : "There is one thing about Rafi that is not appreciated. I believe he was world's first playback singer," External link

business-standard Wednesday, July 24, 2019 8:58:00 AM EAT

Javed Akhtar said : "The world has seen many big singers, but you can't name one male singer who changed his voice according to the actor he was singing for," External link

business-standard Wednesday, July 24, 2019 8:58:00 AM EAT

Javed Akhtar added : "I am his admirer. I wasn't writing songs when he was working, but I did grow up listening to his songs in school and college," External link

business-standard Wednesday, July 24, 2019 8:58:00 AM EAT

Javed Akhtar responded ( about Shashi Tharoor ) : “Shashi Ji, whoever has given you these lines should never be trusted again. It is obvious that someone had planted these lines in your repertoire to sabotage your literary credibility” External link

india Sunday, July 21, 2019 8:03:00 PM EAT

Javed Akhtar said ( about Mirza Ghalib ) : "The sher (couplet) that the prime minister saheb has quoted in his Rajya Sabha speech is wrongly attributed to Ghalib in the social media. Actually, both the lines are not even in the proper meter," External link

business-standard Wednesday, June 26, 2019 11:05:00 PM EAT

Javed Akhtar added : "Then he or she lives happily ever after. So, I hope life imprisonment is good enough but it will not have these kind of privileges that after two-three years, the same people will be walking out free. That should not happen," External link

news18 Wednesday, June 12, 2019 10:40:00 AM EAT

Javed Akhtar said : “This case should be fast tracked in the courts by daily hearings . Any one can guess the inevitable and obvious verdict of any court on this most heinous crime possible . Wish he could be hanged publicly,” External link

india Friday, June 7, 2019 10:21:00 AM EAT

Javed Akhtar said : “Covering face may be a problem when it comes to security. If burqa is banned then, ghunghat too should be taken into account. What is the need of burqa or ghunghat?” External link

pakobserver Monday, June 3, 2019 11:01:00 AM EAT

Javed Akhtar said : “Covering face may be a problem when it comes to security. If burqa is banned then, ghunghat too should be taken into account. What is the need of burqa or ghunghat?” External link

pakobserver Wednesday, May 8, 2019 11:54:00 AM EAT

Javed Akhtar told : “If you want to bring a law banning burqa here (in India) and if it is someone’s view I have no objection. But before the last phase of election in Rajasthan, this government should announce a ban on the practice of ‘ghunghat’ (covering of the face by Hindu women) in that State,” External link

dailytimesPK Sunday, May 5, 2019 1:47:00 AM EAT

Javed Akhtar said : "All women in my family have been professionals. My mother taught at Hamidiya Collage of Bhopal. I have never seen the burqa at my home. That's why my knowledge about it is brief" "There is a controversy over the burqa. Iran is a hardliner Muslim country, but women don't cover their faces there. A new law in Sri Lanka bars women from covering their faces. Whatever is your attire, the face should be visible," External link

newindianexpress Friday, May 3, 2019 9:39:00 PM EAT

Javed Akhtar said : "If someone wants this kind of law here, and if this is somebody's opinion I don't have any objection. But before the end of last phase of (Lok Sabha) elections, the government must announce that no woman will be allowed to use ghoonghat in Rajasthan," External link

newindianexpress Friday, May 3, 2019 9:39:00 PM EAT

Javed Akhtar said ( about Rahul Gandhi ) : "Till now Rahul hasn't done anything to prove that he can be a good PM," External link

newindianexpress Friday, May 3, 2019 9:39:00 PM EAT

Javed Akhtar said : "Faces covered with the burqa or the ghoonghat, it's same. If both would be removed, I would be happy" External link

newindianexpress Friday, May 3, 2019 9:39:00 PM EAT

Javed Akhtar said : "BJP is full of good people. Yet she is what you chose for Bhopal? You (BJP) should have looked for a place which is inhabited by illiterate, communal people and made her contest from there" External link

newindianexpress Friday, May 3, 2019 9:39:00 PM EAT

Javed Akhtar told : “If you want to bring a law banning burqa here (in India) and if it is someone’s view I have no objection. But before the last phase of election in Rajasthan, this government should announce a ban on the practice of ‘ghunghat’ (covering of the face by Hindu women) in that State,” External link

Hindu Friday, May 3, 2019 11:57:00 AM EAT

Javed Akhtar told : “If you want to bring a law banning burqa here (in India) and if it is someone’s view I have no objection. But before the last phase of election in Rajasthan, this government should announce a ban on the practice of ‘ghunghat’ (covering of the face by Hindu women) in that State,” External link

thehindu Friday, May 3, 2019 11:40:00 AM EAT

Javed Akhtar told : “If you want to bring a law banning burqa here (in India) and if it is someone’s view I have no objection. But before the last phase of election in Rajasthan, this government should announce a ban on the practice of ‘ghunghat’ (covering of the face by Hindu women) in that state,” External link

firstpost Friday, May 3, 2019 10:25:00 AM EAT

Javed Akhtar told : “If you want to bring a law banning burqa here (in India) and if it is someone’s view I have no objection. But before the last phase of election in Rajasthan, this government should announce a ban on the practice of ‘ghunghat’ (covering of the face by Hindu women) in that state,” External link

news18 Friday, May 3, 2019 9:26:00 AM EAT

Javed Akhtar said : “If you want to bring a law banning burqa, I have no objection. But before the last phase of election in Rajasthan, this government should announce a ban on the practice of ‘ghoonghat’ (covering of the face by Hindu women) in that state,” “I feel that ‘ghoonghat’ should go and burqa should go. I will be happy,” External link

timesofindia Friday, May 3, 2019 7:15:00 AM EAT

Javed Akhtar said : "Our country's atmosphere stands vitiated today. The BJPs ideology is that if you are not with them then you are an anti-national," "No. I don't see him becoming prime minister," External link

timesofindia Friday, May 3, 2019 3:04:00 AM EAT

Javed Akhtar told : “If you want to bring a law banning burqa here (in India) and if it is someone’s view I have no objection. But before the last phase of election in Rajasthan, this government should announce a ban on the practice of ` ghunghat ‘ (covering of the face by Hindu women) in that state,” External link

india Thursday, May 2, 2019 11:15:00 PM EAT

Javed Akhtar said : “If you want to pass a law banning burqa, the government should also ban ghoonghat (veil) taken by women in Rajasthan,” External link

news18 Thursday, May 2, 2019 5:14:00 PM EAT

Javed Akhtar said : "I have very close relationship with Paresh Rawal and Anupam Kher, it's a different thing that their political thinking is different but at personal level we never had sourness in our relationship for a second," External link

news-yahoo-in Thursday, May 2, 2019 4:46:00 PM EAT

Javed Akhtar said ( about Pragya Singh ) : “It is shameful that BJP chose to field Sadhvi Pragya from this seat. If they wanted, they could have fielded her from a place where people are uneducated,” External link

asianage Thursday, May 2, 2019 4:25:00 PM EAT

Javed Akhtar said : "Nowadays, it has become a frequent practice that people buy rights of a song from an old film. They re-record it and use it. This is not fair.," "They gave my name in the poster as the songwriter of this film. I was never the songwriter of this picture. Why give my name on the poster? If you want to thank or honour me, tell me why did you deprive A R Rahman (composer) from it? It is against the practice and tradition, there has to be basic honesty. They had no business to pretend that I am the songwriter of the film," External link

firstpost Friday, April 5, 2019 8:47:00 AM EAT

Javed Akhtar said : "Nowadays, it has become a frequent practice that people buy rights of a song from an old film. They re-record it and use it. This is not fair," External link

dnaindia Thursday, April 4, 2019 9:42:00 PM EAT

Javed Akhtar said : “Nowadays, it has become a frequent practice that people buy rights of a song from an old film. They re-record it and use it. This is not fair,” External link

financialexpress Thursday, April 4, 2019 7:54:00 PM EAT

Javed Akhtar said : “Let me narrate to you an incident while coming up with a film Yugandhar, directed by N. Chandra. Yugandhar means one who can change the world. The music in the film was by Laxmikant Pyarelal. I was the lyricist. One day, when I reached, the director and music director Laxmikant looked a bit awkward. I asked them what the next situation and tune was on which the lyrics had to be written. After hesitating for some time they told me reluctantly that they wanted to include an aarti of Krishna given the demand of the situation. Hearing them, their problem became clear to me. I asked them to give me the tune and we will figure something out,” External link

india Sunday, March 31, 2019 3:46:00 PM EAT

Javed Akhtar said : "The temperament of a Hindustani cannot be an extremist. It is seen that 15 to 20 or even 40 generations before we were all farmers and today in the 21st century we are a 70 per cent farming society so you can imagine that over 500 years ago almost all of society in India were farmers. And a farmer is never an extremist. It is not in their temperament to be extremists; it is not possible for them to be hardcore communist or a hardcore VHP. They will always come back to the middle path," External link

mid-day Sunday, March 31, 2019 6:36:00 AM EAT

Javed Akhtar wrote : “Am shocked to find my name on the poster of this film. Have not written any songs for it!” External link

pakobserver Monday, March 25, 2019 4:26:00 PM EAT

Javed Akhtar wrote : “Am shocked to find my name on the poster of this film. Have not written any songs for it!” External link

HindustanTimes Friday, March 22, 2019 9:06:00 PM EAT

Javed Akhtar said : “It is very unfortunate but true that as a society we are becoming more regressive. The elbow room for creativity, literature, cinema or for any kind of point of view is shrinking and that is not advisable at all. I think we should be careful about it” External link

HindustanTimes Friday, March 22, 2019 9:06:00 PM EAT

Javed Akhtar said : “IPRS is determined to ensure that this relationship augers well and proves beneficial to the creative fraternity in India. This deal between IPRS and Google for its YouTube and other related services will provide benefits to creators and members of IPRS in a tangible and meaningful way,” External link

financialexpress Tuesday, March 19, 2019 6:44:00 PM EAT

Javed Akhtar said : “I don't understand what is their (Pakistan) agenda and what will they get out of it by constantly sponsoring terrorism. It's an open truth that they support terrorist organisations but they are constantly denying it,” External link

news-yahoo-in Thursday, February 28, 2019 5:18:00 PM EAT

Javed Akhtar said : "I don't understand what is their (Pakistan) agenda and what will they get out of it by constantly sponsoring terrorism. It's an open truth that they support terrorist organisations but they are constantly denying it," External link

business-standard Thursday, February 28, 2019 12:25:00 PM EAT

Javed Akhtar said : "I feel this situation is actually being forced upon us (India). It was not our choice but if things go beyond your control, then till when and how many times, should we be quiet about this? So, we have to react to it some day or the other," "I think repercussions of the current developments are really dangerous and banning Pakistani actors and artistes are minor things but whatever is happening on our borders should be stopped. We should ban terrorism. It's an unfortunate thing" External link

business-standard Thursday, February 28, 2019 12:25:00 PM EAT



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poet9.41%EN09/15/201715/09/2017
actor0.59%EN09/13/201713/09/2017
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director6.47%EN03/09/201709/03/2017
dasu project director1.18%EN03/09/201709/03/2017
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Javed Akhtar said : "Of course he is, I mean fascists don't have horns on their head," "The moment you hate people in wholesale, you're a fascist," External link

aljazeera-en Friday, February 14, 2020 3:07:00 PM EAT

Javed Akhtar said : "Theatre or cinema's influence is highly exaggerated. No country can claim that a revolution or a great social change came into that society because of a film," External link

aljazeera-en Friday, February 14, 2020 3:07:00 PM EAT

Javed Akhtar said : "Of course he is, I mean fascists don't have horns on their head," "The moment you hate people in wholesale, you're a fascist," External link

aljazeera-en Friday, February 14, 2020 3:07:00 PM EAT

Javed Akhtar said : "Theatre or cinema's influence is highly exaggerated. No country can claim that a revolution or a great social change came into that society because of a film," External link

aljazeera-en Friday, February 14, 2020 3:07:00 PM EAT

Javed Akhtar said : “This is welcome news. I would like to congratulate both SPN and IPRS for working collaboratively. The creative community welcomes Sony Pictures Networks India (SPN) to IPRS as a licensee and I look forward to this relationship being strengthened further” External link

indiantelevision Thursday, February 6, 2020 10:54:00 AM EAT

Javed Akhtar added ( about Shabana Azmi ) : "It could have been a lot worse. I'd say Shabana had a miraculous escape," External link

news-yahoo-in Friday, January 31, 2020 12:15:00 AM EAT

Javed Akhtar expressed : "Some of the photographs go back to my school days. I am wondering where they sourced them from," External link

ibtimes-in Tuesday, January 14, 2020 3:22:00 PM EAT

Javed Akhtar told ( about Farhan Akhtar ) : "I have just heard it from you. I was with Farhan on his birthday, which was the day before yesterday. He didn't tell me anything about this. But you never know, children can be very secretive," External link

news-yahoo-in Tuesday, January 14, 2020 2:06:00 AM EAT

Javed Akhtar told ( about Farhan Akhtar ) : “I have just heard it from you. I was with Farhan on his birthday, which was the day before yesterday. He didn’t tell me anything about this. But you never know, children can be very secretive,” External link

expressindia Monday, January 13, 2020 1:22:00 PM EAT

Javed Akhtar told ( about Farhan Akhtar ) : “I have just heard it from you. I was with Farhan on his birthday, which was the day before yesterday. He didn’t tell me anything about this. But you never know, children can be very secretive,” External link

HindustanTimes Sunday, January 12, 2020 3:06:00 PM EAT

Javed Akhtar added : “Faiz Ahmed Faiz was like a leading star of the progressive writers who emerged in undivided India,” External link

tribune Saturday, January 4, 2020 12:34:00 PM EAT

Javed Akhtar said : “The man who wrote a poem to express his sorrow over the division of India is now being termed as anti-India,” External link

tribune Saturday, January 4, 2020 12:34:00 PM EAT

Javed Akhtar told : “Describing Faiz’s poem as anti-Hindu is both absurd and funny. He was a leading star of the Progressive Writers’ movement in undivided India. He spent half his years outside Pakistan because he was being labelled anti-Pakistan. He wrote this poem against the regressive, communal and fundamentalist Zia-ul-Haq government,” External link

timesofindia Friday, January 3, 2020 1:15:00 AM EAT

Javed Akhtar told ( about Mohammad Zia ul Haq ) : "This poem was written against a fundamentalist called Zia-ul-Haq, a dictator. It is interesting that fundamentalists, all kinds of, don't like this poem," External link

business-standard Thursday, January 2, 2020 8:54:00 PM EAT

Javed Akhtar said : "It seems we are negotiating with people who have no sense of history, have no idea who this great poet was, who have no idea what poetry is, who don't know the language in which it was written, they don't know anything. This is written against a fundamentalist, regressive, almost Talibani mentality holding dictator. This poem was banned under his regime," External link

business-standard Thursday, January 2, 2020 8:54:00 PM EAT

Javed Akhtar told ( about Mohammad Zia ul Haq ) : "He lived half his life outside Pakistan, he was called anti-Pakistan there. 'Hum Dekhenge' he wrote against Zia ul Haq's government which was a communal regressive and fundamentalist government," External link

newindianexpress Thursday, January 2, 2020 6:34:00 PM EAT

Javed Akhtar said ( about Faiz ) : “Calling Faiz’s poetry anti-Hindu is absurd. And so funny that it is difficult to seriously talk about it,” External link

HindustanTimes Thursday, January 2, 2020 3:44:00 PM EAT

Javed Akhtar said : "An-al-Haq means 'Aham Brahma', this is not an Islamic thought... This was started by the Sufis. Those who are speaking against an-al-haq should know that they are speaking the language of Aurangzeb. He had the same thoughts, he cracked down on those who used term," "Now how to speak to such jaahils (illiterates) and idiots who don't understand that the term is Sufi, it is in sync with advait philosophy," External link

business-standard Thursday, January 2, 2020 2:36:00 PM EAT

Javed Akhtar stated : "calling Faiz Ahmed Faiz an 'anti-Hindu' is so absurd and funny that its difficult to seriously talk about it. He lived half his life outside Pakistan, he was called anti-Pakistan there. Faiz wrote 'Hum Dekhenge' poem against Zia ul Haq's communal, regressive and fundamentalist Government" External link

business-standard Thursday, January 2, 2020 2:36:00 PM EAT

Javed Akhtar told ( about Mohammad Zia ul Haq ) : "He lived half his life outside Pakistan, he was called anti-Pakistan there. 'Hum Dekhenge' he wrote against Zia ul Haq's government which was a communal regressive and fundamentalist government," External link

myanmarnews Thursday, January 2, 2020 2:15:00 PM EAT

Javed Akhtar said : "He was a very paradoxical man, I can't say a more boring thing about him if I say he was a good man. When he was good he could be good beyond limits and same goes for when he was angry with somebody. It was like a pendulum with him," External link

business-standard Saturday, December 14, 2019 2:47:00 PM EAT

Javed Akhtar told : "She was 93 and she was having one problem after another. She was admitted to Kokikaben Dhirubai Ambani hospital, for certain days she was in the ICU and then she was out of ICU. It was all age related," External link

dnaindia Saturday, November 23, 2019 5:32:00 PM EAT

Javed Akhtar said : “I have never been discriminated against in the name of religion. Students love me. Language and literature are not the monopoly of any religion. The wider is the perspective of the scholars of a language, the greater is its development and popularity,” External link

timesofindia Friday, November 22, 2019 6:07:00 AM EAT

Javed Akhtar added ( about Amitabh Bachchan ) : "People often ask me, what is the secret of success? I give them an example, look at the rivers, Amazon, Nile, Ganga all these rivers have formed their own way to reach the ocean but each of their route is different. So Amitabh Bachchan had to be successful it was just a matter of chance," External link

business-standard Sunday, October 13, 2019 1:15:00 PM EAT

Javed Akhtar said : "An average Hindi film's screenplay is nearer to a novel than a short story. Now the new cinema that's developing is gradually going towards short story and is rejecting the songs. So the epic-like quality is gradually going out of Indian cinema and I am very sad about it," External link

business-standard Tuesday, October 8, 2019 6:44:00 PM EAT

Javed Akhtar says : “When we met, we got very emotional, recalled our old days. And then he sent over four bundles of my possessions that he’d been keeping. And I found four of my precious autograph books were in them!” External link

HindustanTimes Wednesday, September 25, 2019 11:34:00 PM EAT

Javed Akhtar added : “Language has shrunk and our connection with literature has been severed. Writers are the historians of the common man. Reading good literature gives you a developed sense of beauty; it is something that teaches you to reject injustice because it is ugly, to reject exploitation because it is ugly. Never has the value of literature been more crucial than it is today,” External link

expressindia Saturday, September 21, 2019 6:00:00 AM EAT

Javed Akhtar said : “We always strive to help our music fraternity through all available means … The moment we came to know about the ill-health of our composer friend Vanraj Bhatia, we immediately released from our funds for his aid,” External link

thehindu Thursday, September 19, 2019 12:21:00 AM EAT

Javed Akhtar told : "If her comments have upset the Pakistani establishment, they can do whatever they wish," External link

business-standard Thursday, August 22, 2019 12:29:00 PM EAT

Javed Akhtar commented : "The day one of them will stop abusing me, I will wonder what is wrong with me," External link

business-standard Thursday, August 22, 2019 12:29:00 PM EAT

Javed Akhtar told : "If her comments have upset the Pakistani establishment, they can do whatever they wish," External link

news18 Thursday, August 22, 2019 12:10:00 PM EAT

Javed Akhtar commented : "The day one of them will stop abusing me, I will wonder what is wrong with me," External link

news18 Thursday, August 22, 2019 12:10:00 PM EAT

Javed Akhtar added : "I get trolled by all Muslim extremists and Hindu extremists but, as long as both the brigades are abusing me I am totally convinced that I am saying something right," External link

news-yahoo-in Thursday, August 22, 2019 12:49:00 AM EAT

Javed Akhtar described : "He wasn't working for a long time due to his age and even Bollywood today didn't want the type of music he composed." External link

irishsun Tuesday, August 20, 2019 11:20:00 AM EAT

Javed Akhtar said : “No one knows him better than me, and the others who did aren’t alive,” External link

pakobserver Friday, August 2, 2019 8:06:00 PM EAT

Javed Akhtar said ( about Sahir Ludhianvi ) : “If there is someone who can write a film on him (Ludhianvi), that is me. No one knows him better than me. And the others who knew him aren’t alive,” External link

pakobserver Friday, August 2, 2019 8:06:00 PM EAT

Javed Akhtar replied : "What do you mean by still a refugee? Does it mean that you feel like an outsider and not an Indian and you don't feel that this is your motherland. If in India you are still a refugee where will you not feel like a refugee , In Pakistan? Cut this melodrama, you poor rich but lonely guy," External link

news-yahoo-in Monday, July 29, 2019 9:54:00 AM EAT

Javed Akhtar wrote : “What do you mean by still a refugee Does it mean that you feel like an outsider n not an Indian n you don’t feel that this is your motherland. If in India you are still a refugee where will you not feel like a refugee, In Pakistan? Cut this melodrama, you poor rich but lonely guy,” External link

expressindia Monday, July 29, 2019 9:18:00 AM EAT

Javed Akhtar said : “If in India you are still a refugee where will you not feel like a refugee , In Pakistan? Cut this melodrama, you poor rich but lonely guy,” “You introduce yourself as neither prejudiced by the past nor afraid of the future living in this moment and in the same breath you say you are a refugee of partition and still a refugee. One doesn’t need a magnifying glass to see the contradiction,” External link

HindustanTimes Sunday, July 28, 2019 6:53:00 PM EAT

Javed Akhtar said : "We have an interesting relationship with nostalgia and it is not just the film industry but the entire country. We often praise the olden days as if everything was just amazing then. But at the same time we do not respect the old times," External link

news18 Thursday, July 25, 2019 8:27:00 AM EAT

Javed Akhtar said ( about Ki Barfi ) : "I honestly feel every generation makes good and bad films. There are some really good films being made today, such as 'Article 15', 'Super 30', 'Udaan', 'Andhadhun', 'Bareilly Ki Barfi' and 'Gully Boy'. Even the dialogues (in these films) are real. We no longer get to hear typical dialogues of the films of the eighties and the nineties," External link

mid-day Wednesday, July 24, 2019 4:03:00 PM EAT

Javed Akhtar pointed out ( about Mohammed Rafi ) : "We all are admirers of Rafi saab. I was yet to start writing songs when he sang, but I have grown up listening to him in school and college. I feel we haven't appreciated one quality of Rafi saab. He was really the first playback singer of the world. There have been many big singers in the world but you can't pinpoint a singer who used to change his voice according to the actors who was acting out the song on the screen. He was first singer when it comes to that sort of a skill," External link

mid-day Wednesday, July 24, 2019 4:03:00 PM EAT

Javed Akhtar said ( about Mohammad Rafi ) : "Rafi sir had one quality which didn't earn the appreciation it should have. I believe that he was the world's first playback singer," External link

business-standard Wednesday, July 24, 2019 12:17:00 PM EAT

Javed Akhtar said ( about Mohammed Rafi ) : "There is one thing about Rafi that is not appreciated. I believe he was world's first playback singer," External link

business-standard Wednesday, July 24, 2019 8:58:00 AM EAT

Javed Akhtar said : "The world has seen many big singers, but you can't name one male singer who changed his voice according to the actor he was singing for," External link

business-standard Wednesday, July 24, 2019 8:58:00 AM EAT

Javed Akhtar added : "I am his admirer. I wasn't writing songs when he was working, but I did grow up listening to his songs in school and college," External link

business-standard Wednesday, July 24, 2019 8:58:00 AM EAT

Javed Akhtar responded ( about Shashi Tharoor ) : “Shashi Ji, whoever has given you these lines should never be trusted again. It is obvious that someone had planted these lines in your repertoire to sabotage your literary credibility” External link

india Sunday, July 21, 2019 8:03:00 PM EAT

Javed Akhtar said ( about Mirza Ghalib ) : "The sher (couplet) that the prime minister saheb has quoted in his Rajya Sabha speech is wrongly attributed to Ghalib in the social media. Actually, both the lines are not even in the proper meter," External link

business-standard Wednesday, June 26, 2019 11:05:00 PM EAT

Javed Akhtar added : "Then he or she lives happily ever after. So, I hope life imprisonment is good enough but it will not have these kind of privileges that after two-three years, the same people will be walking out free. That should not happen," External link

news18 Wednesday, June 12, 2019 10:40:00 AM EAT

Javed Akhtar said : “This case should be fast tracked in the courts by daily hearings . Any one can guess the inevitable and obvious verdict of any court on this most heinous crime possible . Wish he could be hanged publicly,” External link

india Friday, June 7, 2019 10:21:00 AM EAT

Javed Akhtar said : “Covering face may be a problem when it comes to security. If burqa is banned then, ghunghat too should be taken into account. What is the need of burqa or ghunghat?” External link

pakobserver Monday, June 3, 2019 11:01:00 AM EAT

Javed Akhtar said : “Covering face may be a problem when it comes to security. If burqa is banned then, ghunghat too should be taken into account. What is the need of burqa or ghunghat?” External link

pakobserver Wednesday, May 8, 2019 11:54:00 AM EAT

Javed Akhtar told : “If you want to bring a law banning burqa here (in India) and if it is someone’s view I have no objection. But before the last phase of election in Rajasthan, this government should announce a ban on the practice of ‘ghunghat’ (covering of the face by Hindu women) in that State,” External link

dailytimesPK Sunday, May 5, 2019 1:47:00 AM EAT

Javed Akhtar said : "All women in my family have been professionals. My mother taught at Hamidiya Collage of Bhopal. I have never seen the burqa at my home. That's why my knowledge about it is brief" "There is a controversy over the burqa. Iran is a hardliner Muslim country, but women don't cover their faces there. A new law in Sri Lanka bars women from covering their faces. Whatever is your attire, the face should be visible," External link

newindianexpress Friday, May 3, 2019 9:39:00 PM EAT

Javed Akhtar said : "If someone wants this kind of law here, and if this is somebody's opinion I don't have any objection. But before the end of last phase of (Lok Sabha) elections, the government must announce that no woman will be allowed to use ghoonghat in Rajasthan," External link

newindianexpress Friday, May 3, 2019 9:39:00 PM EAT

Javed Akhtar said ( about Rahul Gandhi ) : "Till now Rahul hasn't done anything to prove that he can be a good PM," External link

newindianexpress Friday, May 3, 2019 9:39:00 PM EAT

Javed Akhtar said : "Faces covered with the burqa or the ghoonghat, it's same. If both would be removed, I would be happy" External link

newindianexpress Friday, May 3, 2019 9:39:00 PM EAT

Javed Akhtar said : "BJP is full of good people. Yet she is what you chose for Bhopal? You (BJP) should have looked for a place which is inhabited by illiterate, communal people and made her contest from there" External link

newindianexpress Friday, May 3, 2019 9:39:00 PM EAT

Javed Akhtar told : “If you want to bring a law banning burqa here (in India) and if it is someone’s view I have no objection. But before the last phase of election in Rajasthan, this government should announce a ban on the practice of ‘ghunghat’ (covering of the face by Hindu women) in that State,” External link

Hindu Friday, May 3, 2019 11:57:00 AM EAT

Javed Akhtar told : “If you want to bring a law banning burqa here (in India) and if it is someone’s view I have no objection. But before the last phase of election in Rajasthan, this government should announce a ban on the practice of ‘ghunghat’ (covering of the face by Hindu women) in that State,” External link

thehindu Friday, May 3, 2019 11:40:00 AM EAT

Javed Akhtar told : “If you want to bring a law banning burqa here (in India) and if it is someone’s view I have no objection. But before the last phase of election in Rajasthan, this government should announce a ban on the practice of ‘ghunghat’ (covering of the face by Hindu women) in that state,” External link

firstpost Friday, May 3, 2019 10:25:00 AM EAT

Javed Akhtar told : “If you want to bring a law banning burqa here (in India) and if it is someone’s view I have no objection. But before the last phase of election in Rajasthan, this government should announce a ban on the practice of ‘ghunghat’ (covering of the face by Hindu women) in that state,” External link

news18 Friday, May 3, 2019 9:26:00 AM EAT

Javed Akhtar said : “If you want to bring a law banning burqa, I have no objection. But before the last phase of election in Rajasthan, this government should announce a ban on the practice of ‘ghoonghat’ (covering of the face by Hindu women) in that state,” “I feel that ‘ghoonghat’ should go and burqa should go. I will be happy,” External link

timesofindia Friday, May 3, 2019 7:15:00 AM EAT

Javed Akhtar said : "Our country's atmosphere stands vitiated today. The BJPs ideology is that if you are not with them then you are an anti-national," "No. I don't see him becoming prime minister," External link

timesofindia Friday, May 3, 2019 3:04:00 AM EAT

Javed Akhtar told : “If you want to bring a law banning burqa here (in India) and if it is someone’s view I have no objection. But before the last phase of election in Rajasthan, this government should announce a ban on the practice of ` ghunghat ‘ (covering of the face by Hindu women) in that state,” External link

india Thursday, May 2, 2019 11:15:00 PM EAT

Javed Akhtar said : “If you want to pass a law banning burqa, the government should also ban ghoonghat (veil) taken by women in Rajasthan,” External link

news18 Thursday, May 2, 2019 5:14:00 PM EAT

Javed Akhtar said : "I have very close relationship with Paresh Rawal and Anupam Kher, it's a different thing that their political thinking is different but at personal level we never had sourness in our relationship for a second," External link

news-yahoo-in Thursday, May 2, 2019 4:46:00 PM EAT

Javed Akhtar said ( about Pragya Singh ) : “It is shameful that BJP chose to field Sadhvi Pragya from this seat. If they wanted, they could have fielded her from a place where people are uneducated,” External link

asianage Thursday, May 2, 2019 4:25:00 PM EAT

Javed Akhtar said : "Nowadays, it has become a frequent practice that people buy rights of a song from an old film. They re-record it and use it. This is not fair.," "They gave my name in the poster as the songwriter of this film. I was never the songwriter of this picture. Why give my name on the poster? If you want to thank or honour me, tell me why did you deprive A R Rahman (composer) from it? It is against the practice and tradition, there has to be basic honesty. They had no business to pretend that I am the songwriter of the film," External link

firstpost Friday, April 5, 2019 8:47:00 AM EAT

Javed Akhtar said : "Nowadays, it has become a frequent practice that people buy rights of a song from an old film. They re-record it and use it. This is not fair," External link

dnaindia Thursday, April 4, 2019 9:42:00 PM EAT

Javed Akhtar said : “Nowadays, it has become a frequent practice that people buy rights of a song from an old film. They re-record it and use it. This is not fair,” External link

financialexpress Thursday, April 4, 2019 7:54:00 PM EAT

Javed Akhtar said : “Let me narrate to you an incident while coming up with a film Yugandhar, directed by N. Chandra. Yugandhar means one who can change the world. The music in the film was by Laxmikant Pyarelal. I was the lyricist. One day, when I reached, the director and music director Laxmikant looked a bit awkward. I asked them what the next situation and tune was on which the lyrics had to be written. After hesitating for some time they told me reluctantly that they wanted to include an aarti of Krishna given the demand of the situation. Hearing them, their problem became clear to me. I asked them to give me the tune and we will figure something out,” External link

india Sunday, March 31, 2019 3:46:00 PM EAT

Javed Akhtar said : "The temperament of a Hindustani cannot be an extremist. It is seen that 15 to 20 or even 40 generations before we were all farmers and today in the 21st century we are a 70 per cent farming society so you can imagine that over 500 years ago almost all of society in India were farmers. And a farmer is never an extremist. It is not in their temperament to be extremists; it is not possible for them to be hardcore communist or a hardcore VHP. They will always come back to the middle path," External link

mid-day Sunday, March 31, 2019 6:36:00 AM EAT

Javed Akhtar wrote : “Am shocked to find my name on the poster of this film. Have not written any songs for it!” External link

pakobserver Monday, March 25, 2019 4:26:00 PM EAT

Javed Akhtar wrote : “Am shocked to find my name on the poster of this film. Have not written any songs for it!” External link

HindustanTimes Friday, March 22, 2019 9:06:00 PM EAT

Javed Akhtar said : “It is very unfortunate but true that as a society we are becoming more regressive. The elbow room for creativity, literature, cinema or for any kind of point of view is shrinking and that is not advisable at all. I think we should be careful about it” External link

HindustanTimes Friday, March 22, 2019 9:06:00 PM EAT

Javed Akhtar said : “IPRS is determined to ensure that this relationship augers well and proves beneficial to the creative fraternity in India. This deal between IPRS and Google for its YouTube and other related services will provide benefits to creators and members of IPRS in a tangible and meaningful way,” External link

financialexpress Tuesday, March 19, 2019 6:44:00 PM EAT

Javed Akhtar said : “I don't understand what is their (Pakistan) agenda and what will they get out of it by constantly sponsoring terrorism. It's an open truth that they support terrorist organisations but they are constantly denying it,” External link

news-yahoo-in Thursday, February 28, 2019 5:18:00 PM EAT

Javed Akhtar said : "I don't understand what is their (Pakistan) agenda and what will they get out of it by constantly sponsoring terrorism. It's an open truth that they support terrorist organisations but they are constantly denying it," External link

business-standard Thursday, February 28, 2019 12:25:00 PM EAT

Javed Akhtar said : "I feel this situation is actually being forced upon us (India). It was not our choice but if things go beyond your control, then till when and how many times, should we be quiet about this? So, we have to react to it some day or the other," "I think repercussions of the current developments are really dangerous and banning Pakistani actors and artistes are minor things but whatever is happening on our borders should be stopped. We should ban terrorism. It's an unfortunate thing" External link

business-standard Thursday, February 28, 2019 12:25:00 PM EAT



Key Titles and Phrases Count Lang Last Seen
lyricist29.41%EN10/14/201714/10/2017
poet9.41%EN09/15/201715/09/2017
actor0.59%EN09/13/201713/09/2017
songwriter0.59%EN08/24/201724/08/2017
director6.47%EN03/09/201709/03/2017
dasu project director1.18%EN03/09/201709/03/2017
secretary3.53%EN02/12/201712/02/2017
general secretary0.59%EN02/12/201712/02/2017
writer5.29%EN01/25/201725/01/2017
mp4.12%EN01/08/201708/01/2017
coordinator0.59%EN12/07/201607/12/2016
legislator0.59%EN06/28/201628/06/2016
leader0.59%EN06/19/201619/06/2016
famous lyricist1.76%EN03/15/201415/03/2014
assistant director1.76%EN02/20/201420/02/2014
executive director27.65%EN01/02/201302/01/2013
head5.29%EN01/02/201302/01/2013
spokesman0.59%EN12/05/200805/12/2008
Names Lang Count
Javed AkhtarEN99.46%
Javed AkhtarFR0.36%
Javed AkhtarSA0.18%


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