Hindi cinema would be incomplete without the mention of Javed Akhtar. A strong pillar of the soulful lyrics behind some of the classic songs of the Indian cinema, Javed Akhtar has a prolific talent in choosing words which capture emotions beautifully.
He has had a very successful career as a lyricist and a scriptwriter and is still penning down words that strike a chord for us. He primarily writes in Urdu, especially his poems and gazhals are a reflection of his knowledge of Urdu language. We all have enjoyed his films, but a lesser number of people know about his exceptional writing skills.
Akhtar started out as a dialogue writer. He comes from an illustrious family of poets, philosophers and scholars. He started out in Bombay, by writing dialogues for Rs. 100. Things were tough in the beginning, but the breakthrough came when he started his unforgettable partnership with Salim Khan. The duo, Salim-Javed has given great scripts of films like Sholay, Don, Deewar and many more.
Javed Akhtar, is best known for his autobiographical work, Tarkash. The English translation of the book is called Quiver. The book is a collection of Poem that takes you through Akhtar’s life journey. He starts out with a brief description of his life and continues to make observations in different phases of life. What makes Quiver, a joy for reading, is the effortlessness in Akhtar’s writing. It is crystal clear that he has not put in almost any effort while writing the book. A marvel, the book is a mirror in Javed Akhtar’s life through his poems. As a reader you can feel an instant connection with the author.
Talking Songs is another book, written in the form of a conversation between Akhtar and documentary movie director, Nasreen Munni Kabir compels you to turn pages. The book is a conversation about songs. Hindi cinema has a very large space for songs. Routinely we come across songs that by age have been heard thousands of times by millions of people. The book gives an interesting take on how such songs are thought of, and what goes into making such songs. The book is a must read for cinema fans. It gives an insight to the readers what goes in to the mind of the lyricist while penning a song and how does a director comprehend it into his film’s situation.
Similar to these lines is the book called Talking Films, again with the Nasreen Munni Kabir that discusses the intriguing conversation of Hindi cinema and gives the reader the detailed insight to movie making of some of the cult classics.
Javed Akhtar has a colorful personality. His poems, song lyrics, movie scripts have inspired millions. His humor and bold public statements are no secrets. He has declared time and again, that he is an atheist and doesn’t believe in spiritual enlightenment. His songs and poems have reflected the philosophy that he ascribes to. If you intend to enjoy Hindi poems, Akhtar’s books are probably the best read for you.
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