Take a look at Javed Akhtar’s struggling days to see how he established himself in the film industry. In 2006, in an interview with Hindustan Times, Javed Akhtar talked about living in different cities but understood the real meaning of life in Mumbai. He had said, ‘I used to sleep wherever I wanted, sometimes in a verandah, sometimes in a corridor, sometimes under a tree where many homeless and unemployed people also lived. He added, ‘Finally, in November 1969, I got some work, which is called a break in the film language.’
Javed Akhtar wrote scripts for several blockbuster films in the 1970s and 1980s with his partner Salim Khan. These include ‘Sita Aur Geeta’, ‘Deewar’, ‘Sholay’, ‘Don’ and ‘Mr India’. However, Javed Akhtar and Salim Khan parted ways in 1982 due to personal differences. Javed Akhtar has won several National Awards including Best Lyricist (Saaj in 1997, Border in 1998 and Godmother in 1999) for three consecutive years. Javed Akhtar has received two of India’s highest civilian honours, the Padma Shri and the Padma Bhushan.
In 2020, Javed Akhtar recalled his journey and the day he first reached Mumbai. Javed Akhtar had tweeted, ‘It was 4 October 1964 when I came to Bombay. In this long journey of 56 years, there were many bumpy roads, many roller coasters, ups and downs, but the turn is in my favour. Thank you Mumbai, thank you film industry, thank you Zindagi. You all have been very kind.’