When the writer brought an entire flower shop for his wife Shabana Azmi

Mumbai, first published on Jan 17, 2022 at 8:32 am IST

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Renowned Bollywood lyricist, writer and poet Javed Akhtar turned 77. As he celebrates his birthday, we bring you a tale that shows he’s not a romantic with just his choice of words but also in his heart.

Javed Akhtar was born in Gwalior (now Madhya Pradesh) in 1945. Similar to his father Jan Nisar Khan and grandfather Muzhtar Khairabadi, Javed Akhtar also grew up to follow in their footsteps.

His father and grandfather were renowned poets in their time. The same goes for Javed Akhtar, who is known for the beautiful weavings of words he presents in every poetry or song he writes.

Javed Akhtar’s famous partnership with Salman Khan’s father Salim Khan has given many gems to the industry. Their “Jodi” has deservedly become one of the best writing duos of all time. From films such as ‘Adhikaar’ and ‘Andaaz’ to the cult classic ‘Sholay’, the Salim-Javed pair have become the best screenwriters in the industry and have also achieved star status.

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Javed Akhtar has received several accolades, including five National Film Awards, eight Filmfare Awards, the prestigious Padma Shri, Padma Bhushan and Sahitya Akademi awards.

It was in 1972 when Javed Akhtar married his first wife, Honey Irani. He has two children with him – Zoya Akhtar and Farhan Akhtar. Javed and Honey’s marriage was a love story that started on the sets of ‘Seeta Aur Geeta’ where Honey Irani appeared as a supporting actor.

But Javed Akhtar’s love marriage was rather short-lived as while Honey Irani was taking care of the house and Javed was busy with his work, rumors about the latter’s love interest for his colleague, Shabana Azmi, started circulating.

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Soon talk of their affair was over with Shabana Azmi’s family having objections to Javed Akhtar being a married man. According to reports, when Honey Irani found out about their relationship, she asked him to leave and be with Azmi, as they both made sure their fights were kept away from their two children. It was after six years of separation that Javed and Honey divorced.

And shortly after his divorce from Honey Irani, Javed Akhtar got married to Shabana Azmi. In one of the old interviews, Azmi once shared how Javed Akhtar ended up buying a whole flower shop for her. It happened that once while they were traveling together, Azmi came across a flower shop and said how much he loved the flowers there. The next thing Akhtar did was buy all the flowers kept inside the flower shop and stuff their apartment with them as a gift to Azmi.

This incident shows that Javed Akhtar was not only a romantic with the dialogues and poetry he wrote all these years, but he also turned out to be a romantic in real life.

Last updated Jan 17, 2022 at 8:36 a.m. IST

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