Javed Akhtar is one half of the Salim-Javed duo, one of the most successful writing teams in Bollywood. The two scripted almost all the blockbusters of the 1970s.
Javed worked with Salim Khan until 1980 after which he began writing lyrics for Hindi film songs. He is considered one of the best writer/poets of Hindi cinema today.
Javed was previously married to writer Honey Irani and has two children. His son Farhan Akhtar is one of India's young cutting-edge directors and Javed has worked closely with Farhan on his movies. His daughter Zoya Akhtar is also a director.
Javed is married to actress Shabana Azmi.