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Javed Akhtar

In this file photo, Amitabh Bachchan with lyricist Javed Akhtar and renowned ghazal singer Jagjit Singh

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Javed Akhtar at Anil Kapoor's house to offer his condolences to Sridevi's family, in Mumbai.

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Renowned Hindi-Urdu poet and film lyricist Javed Akhtar being felicitated with 'Mir Taqi Mir' award by Principal Secretary Manoj Shrivastav and Secretary Urdu Academy Nusrat Mehdi (L), during an award ceremony organised by Madhya Pradesh Urdu Academy, in Bhopal.

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Actress Shabana Azmi and lyricist Javed Akhtar attend the funeral of actor Om Puri, in Mumbai.

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Javed Akhtar and Shabana Azmi at the 63rd National Film Awards function in New Delhi.

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Abhishek Bachchan greets Javed Akhtar and Shabana Azmi at the 63rd National Film Awards in Delhi.

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Shabana Azmi and Javed Akhtar recite poetry during "Kaifi Azmi aur Main" a romantic Saga in Jersey City.

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Vice President Hamid Ansari presents a memento to retiring nominated Member Javed Akhtar at a farewell function for the retired and retiring Members of Rajya Sabha (2016) at Parliament Library Building in New Delhi.

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CPI(M) General Secretary Sitaram Yechury, JD(U) MP KC Tyagi and Rajya Sabha member Javed Akhtar at Parliament House during the ongoing budget session in New Delhi.

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Writer Javed Aakthar talks with Trinamool Congress MP & Party deputy leader Derek-o-Brien during " Kolkata literaray meet" at Victoria Memorial hall, Kolkata.

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Narbhaya's parents Badrinath Singh and Asha Devi with Rajya Sabha MP Javed Akhtar at a programme to observe the third anniversary of Nirbhaya gang-rape case as 'Nirbhaya Chetna Divas' at Jantar Mantar, in New Delhi.

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Vice President Mohammad Hamid Ansari with eminent Urdu scholar Professor Gopi Chand Narang and Bollywood lyricist Javed Akhtar release a five-volume compendium of Muztar Khairabadi's poetry, in New Delhi .

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Amitabh Bachchan, Jaya Bachchan, Anil Kapoor, Farhan Akhtar, Javed Akhtar, Shabana Azmi walk the ramp during fashion show 2015 for Shabana Azmi's Mijwan Welfare Society in Mumbai.

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Actress Shabana Azmi and her husband lyricist Javed Akhtar celebrate Holi at their residence, in Mumbai.

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Actress Shabana Azmi and her husband lyricist Javed Akhtar celebrate Holi at their residence, in Mumbai.

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Lyricist and scriptwriter Javed Akhtar, his wife and actress Shabana Azmi and Mahindra & Mahindra Group Chairman Anand Mahindra during the Jaipur Literature Festival at Diggi Palace in Jaipur.

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Lyricist Javed Akhtar, actor Shabana Azmi, Tanvi Azmi and her husband and cinematographer Baba Azmi during Farah Khan's 50th birthday celebration, in Mumbai.

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Lyricist Javed Akhtar with his actor wife Shabana Azmi at the Taj Mahal, in Agra.

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Javed Akhtar, Saira Banu, Aamir Khan, Madhuri Dixit, Amitabh Bachchan and Priyanka Chopra during the launch of veteran actor Dilip Kumar's autobiography in Mumbai.

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Bollywood lyricist Javed Akhtar speaks at an International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) function in Florida, US.

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Shabana Azmi and Javed Akhtar celebrate Holi at their residence in Mumbai.

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Javed Akhtar and Shabana Azmi after being honoured during Sahitya Kala Akademi 2014 awards function in New Delhi.

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Rajeev Masnad shared this photo on Twitter and said "Whoa! Interviewed Javed Akhtar & Salim Khan together, who got teary eyed talking about their split."

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Shabana Azmi and Javed Akhtar attend funeral of Farooq Shaikh in Mumbai.

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Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar along with lyricist Javed Akhtar releasing the book "The New Bihar" authored by N.K. Singh (C) in Patna.

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Beyond The Veil He had forewarned you of its arrival in his Delhi Diary. So here it is at last—Outlook editorial chairman Vinod Mehta's biography of one of cinema's most iconic beauties, tragedienne par excellence Meena Kumari. Mr Mehta poses with film lyricist Javed Akhtar at the book launch.

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Filmy anecdotes make a memorable evening. "How many of us find true love in our lifetime?" asked Vinod Mehta, Editorial Chairman, Outlook Group, at the relaunch of his book, "Meena Kumari: The Classic Biography" in New Delhi on Oct 04, 2013. Seen here with Javed Akhtar, poet, lyricist and scriptwriter.

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Filmy anecdotes make a memorable evening. "How many of us find true love in our lifetime?" asked Vinod Mehta, Editorial Chairman, Outlook Group, at the relaunch of his book, "Meena Kumari: The Classic Biography" in New Delhi on Oct 04, 2013. Seen here with Javed Akhtar, poet, lyricist and scriptwriter.

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Noted lyricist Javed Akhtar with his wife Shabana Azmi at Rakesh Roshan's birthday party in Mumbai.

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Actress Shabana Azmi and lyricist Javed Akhtar walk the ramp during the India International Jewellery Week in Mumbai.

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Actress Shabana Azmi with husband lyricist Javed Akhtar celebrates Holi at their Juhu residence in Mumbai.

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Poet and lyricist Javed Akhtar during the session "Bollywood and National Narrative" at Jaipur Literature Festival in Jaipur.

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Actors Jaya Bachchan, Hema Malini and lyricist Javed Akhtar during a candle light rally to pay tribute to Delhi gang rape victim, in Mumbai.

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Lyricist and MP Javed Akhtar with wife actress Shabana Azmi and BJP member Najma Heptulla at an Iftaar Party at 7RCR in New Delhi.

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Lyricist and Rajya Sabha MP Javed Akhtar in the Rajya Sabha in New Delhi.

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From left, Javed Akhtar, Shabana Azmi and Anil Kapoor attend producer Mona Kapoor's funeral at Pawan Hans in Juhu, Mumbai. Mona Kapoor was the first wife of filmmaker Boney Kapoor.

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The Fire-Brands time will tell if Lava, Javed Akhtar’s new poetry collection, lives up to its sudorific title. It’s a given though that Shabana’s incendiary Fire will stay the most searing of the family’s association with the flame. Farhan and Zoya haven’t gotten to playing with fire yet.

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Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar with lyricist Javed Akhtar during second day of Global Bihar Summit 2012 in Patna.

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Lyricist Javed Akhtar with wife Shabana Azmi show their inked fingers after voting for BMC elections at Dilkhush School in Mumbai.

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Vocalist Subha Mudgal welcomes lyricist and poet Javed Akhtar during inauguration of a music festival 'Baajaa Gaajaa 2012' in Pune on Friday evening.

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Lyricist and writer Javed Akhtar meets with Carl W. Ernst (R), a specialist in Islamic studies, at Jaipur Literature Festival 2012 in Jaipur.

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Lyricist and writer Javed Akhtar and singer-actor Ila Arun at Jaipur Literature Festival in Jaipur.

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Famous writer and lyricists Javed Akhtar, right, talks with writer, poet and lyricist Gulzar during a session on what is a story, at the Jaipur Literature Festival in Jaipur.

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Gulzar, Javed Akhtar and Vidhu Vinod Chopra at the Jaipur fest

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Lyricist Javed Akhtar with daughter Zoya Akhtar, actor Anil Kapoor and his daughter actress Sonam Kapoor at the launch of music album 'Legends - Kaifi Azmi' in Mumbai.

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File photo of renowned ghazal singer Jagjit Singh with actor Amitabh Bachchan and lyricist Javed Akhtar. Singh, 70, passed away in Mumbai's Lilavati Hospital.

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Single Ex Man Common sense dictates that inviting your ex (Reena Dutta, right) to a bash you are taking your wife to is marital poison. Still, Aamir Khan isn’t one to not buck conventional wisdom. After all, Javed Akhtar had likened Lagaan to career suicide.

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Dance Trance
Sweet 60, and it was time for actress Shabana Azmi to throw a bash at Juhu’s Trilogy lounge. The invitees weren’t quite the activist types—count in the Ambanis, Godrejs, Bachchans, Rekha, Shotgun. A headgear-themed do, the b’day girl surprised all by flaunting her ‘ambiguous dancing skills’ to the pounding rythm of Munni Badnam Hui.

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Lyricist Javed Akhtar comes out of a police station after lodging a complaint against the threat to his life, in Mumbai. Akhtar received the threat allegedly for his comments against Darul Uloom Deoband's fatwa asking women not to work with men.

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Lyricist Javed Akhtar holds a placard during a dharna by secular Muslim citizens to support Women's Reservation Bill in New Delhi.

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From right, Shaukat Kaifi with actor Shabana Azmi, Lyricist Javed Akhtar, Tanvi and Baba Azmi at the release of the book 'Kaifi & I', the English version of Shaukat Kaifi's 'Kaifi Aur Mein', in Mumbai.

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Actress Shabana Azmi along with her husband and lyricist Javed Akhtar launching a book at Jaipur Literature Festival.

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Actor Farhan Akhtar with father Javed Akhtar during the music launch of the film Karthik Calling Karthik in Mumbai.

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Lyricist and poet Javed Akhtar with wife Shabana Azmi at the wedding reception of actress Shilpa Shetty in Mumbai.

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Shabana Azmi and Javed Akhtar show their ink marked finger after casting their votes for the assembly elections in Mumbai.

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Writer Javed Akhtar celebrates with the trophy after winning the Best Lyrics award for the movie Rock On !! at the 10th International Indian Film Awards presentation.

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Javed Akhtar-- Shabana Azmi 
One can call them Bollywood’s most cerebral couple. Shabana has said recently how her marriage with Javed is like an arranged match—between people with a common intellectual-activist background and shared interests. But the alliance happened in the autumn of their lives. Shabana jokes that the secret of their long-lasting marriage is that they’re never together.

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