55 years ago on this day, veteran lyricist and poet Javed Akhtar came to Mumbai to fulfill his dreams, his wife, celebrated actress Shabana Azmi revealed on Friday, October 4. The actress took to social media and shared an inspiring anecdote about Javed Akhtar's struggle in the industry. Opening up about the hardships the lyricist faced and how he did not "give up to adversity", Shabana Azmi recalled that Javed was just 19 when he first arrived in the dream city, Mumbai. He just had Rs 27 with him and used to sleep on the pavements. She revealed that Javed Akhtar went without food for four days, but he believed in himself and never gave up.
Saluting husband Javed Akhtar for his persistence, Shabana Azmi wrote, "On this date, 55 years ago a 19-year-old boy got down at Bombay Central Station with 27 rupees in his pocket and dreams in his eyes @javedakhtarjadu slept on pavements went without food for days but belief in himself. A story of not giving up to adversity and dignity. I salute him."
On this date 55 years ago a 19 year old boy got down at Bombay Central Station with 27 rupees in his pocket and dreams in his eyes@javedakhtarjadu slept on pavements went without food 4 days but belief in himself.A story of not giving up to adversity and dignity. I salute him— Azmi Shabana (@AzmiShabana) October 4, 2019
Javed Akhtar, who has written the screenplay for iconic movies like Deewar, Zanjeer, and Sholay along with Salim Khan, is one of the most celebrated writers of the industry. He has been honored with several prestigious awards including Padma Shri (1999), Padma Bhushan (2007), the Sahitya Akademi Award and five National Film Awards. Javed Akhtar married Shabana Azmi in 1984 after divorcing his former wife Honey Irani with whom he shares two children, Zoya Akhtar and Farhan Akhtar.
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