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And Now A Javed Akhtar Bio-Pic

Javed Akhtar

There are  no to-ways  about the fact that poet-author-lyricist-activist-thinker-orator Javed Akhtar  is one  of Indian cinema’s  most influential voices.

And unknown  to the world his family, primarily Farhan Akhtar and  wife Shabana Azmi have been planning a bio-pic on the man and the poet, the thinker and  humanitarian.

While the family is  tightlipped about its dream  project a source close to the Akhtar-Azmi parivar spills the beans. “It’s been an idea under progress for nearly three years.And now it’s time to  get going with the idea.”

Not only will Farhan direct he will also play his father.

Shabana Azmi who is holidaying with her  friends in Europe spoke on why a  bio-pic on Javed Akhtar is  in  order: “It was on 4th Oct 1964 that JavedAkhtar 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 ,went without food for days.”

The proud wife feels Javed’s life  is  hugely inspirational. “ 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.”

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