Shabana Azmi on Friday said she and her husband, Javed Akhtar, have decided not to attend Kaifi Azmi's birth centenary celebrations in Karachi in the wake of Pulwama terror attack. The couple was invited to Pakistan by the Karachi Arts Council for a two-day event.
The event will bring people from various walks of life who have been working towards upholding the tenets of democracy. The list of speakers includes Jasti Chelameswar, former Supreme Court judge; student leader Kawalpreet Kaur; actor Amol Palekar and writer Javed Akhtar.
The veteran lyricist and screenwriter Javed Akhtar has come out in support of filmmaker Rajkumar Hirani who has been accused of sexual assault by a woman who worked with him on Ranbir Kapoor starrer Sanju.
The 2018 edition of the annual event will mark the celebration of Urdu's eclectic art forms and its heritage through ghazals, Sufi music, qawwali, dastangoi, panel discussions, poetry symposiums and film screenings.
Voot's upcoming web series Barefoot 11 will be penned by Javed Akhtar. Barefoot 11 is the story of two Indians, a Hindu and a Muslim, who unite a divided India, reeling under the partition, through soccer.
The video starts with Akhtar taking the podium and stating that the poem he was going to read was probably the longest ever poetry written in World literature. He then goes on to read a couplet of the poem.
When Bollywood celebrities step out to celebrate, they make sure it looks like the best time ever. At Javed Akhtar's Diwali bash, celebrities came dressed in their finest and with attendees like Aamir Khan, Hrithik Roshan, Amitabh Bachchan, Shilpa Shetty, Vidya Balan and many others, this Diwali party was stars galore.
Veteran actress Shabana Azmi along with her husband Javed Akhtar hosted a colourful Holi bash that saw the likes of Dia Mirza, Aditi Rao Hydari and Richa Chadda along with several members from the film and television industry. (Photo: Varinder Chawla)
“Pen is mightier than sword.” If there is one man in Bollywood who has justified this phrase, but in his very own manner, it has to be Javed Akhtar. Here are seven soul-stirrig shayaris by the man himself.