Born on 17th January, 1945, Javed Akhtar turns 69 years old today and what a legacy he has. He is a lyricist, poet and a scriptwriter and the recipient of the Sahitya Akademi Award but nothing speaks as well as the volumes of brilliant works of art that he has given us right from his epic partnership with Salim Khan popularly known as Salim-Javed to the lyrics that will touch your soul. Here’s a list of some of his best songs that come to us as soon as we think of Javed Akhtar.
Iktaara – Wake Up Sid
The well-told story of a spoilt brat who finds his calling is supported well with the songs of epiphany.
Kuch Na Kaho – 1942 A Love Story
The epic song of a man who has finally fallen in love with who he was meant to be with and Javed Akhtar’s lyrics are the icing on the cake he baked.
Dil Chahta Hai title track
Raking up more than couple of awards for the songs in 2001’s award ceremonies, the youth anthem of sorts was given life by Javed Akhtar as the three embark on an epic journey to Goa and through life.
Jashn-e-Bahara – Jodha Akbar
Known for his amazing grasp over Hindi and of course Urdu, this is a masterpiece from the grand master himself.
Awaara Bhanwara – Sapnay
The film may have not done as well to be remembered but the innocent lyrics and great music sure has a place in out memories even if the film wasn’t one you saw at the theatre.
Hosanna – Ek Dewana Tha
This film really bombed but the song made huge ripples across the music scene with it becoming a widely popular song in no time.
Pichle Saat Dinon Main – Rock On!!
The song has odd lyrics but somehow the tension built up from initial delaying gives way to great music and interesting lyrics which which definitely worked.
Aankhon Main Teri – Om Shanti Om
The film’s success in terms of story is debatable but there are no two opinions about the success or popularity of the songs. Every song is a jewel in Javed Akhtar’s proverbial crown as he leads the lyricist industry.
Ghar Se Nikalte Hi – Papa Kehte Hai
Dramy filters used with a baby looking Jugal Hansraaj and another lesser known female indulge in sanskaari romance as they flirt from quite a distance with the help of Javed Akhtar’s words.
Payaliya Chunmun – Virasat
The remake of a Tamil film had an interesting take on joint family system and that induced sense of bondage while still maintaining your connections with your roots is wonderfully depicted via the lyrics given by Javed Akhtar.
Gal Mithi Mithi Bol – Aisha
The snobbish film did come down to Earth a few times during the film and when it did, Javed Akhtar’s words would splurge the scene with melodious words.
I Love You – Mr India
The film needs no introduction and given the intense plot with such a great story, the music despite being good did take a backseat but the songs are great nonetheless.
Sandese Aate Hai – Border
An excellent song for our protectors raging against the enemy and the elements of nature to protect us as they are reminded of their ties with their families and loved ones.
Kal Ho Na Ho title track
The song and lyrics are so good that even if a terrorist listens to them a few times, he/she will break down. Watch the movie to cry bucketfulls.
Radha Kaise Na Jale – Lagaan
The elegant song on love and jealousy from India’s Oscar candidate in 2001 sings like a folklore of sorts and has a captivating feel to it.
Dheeme Dheeme – Zubeida
The story of a Royal family who has nothing left but the royal past and a few reminders of that glory to get them by has beautiful songs with Karishma Kapoor portraying a very elegant queen.
Panchi Nadiya Pawan Ke – Refugee
The colossal debut film of Abhishek Bachchan and Kareena Kapoor may have had a sad and ill-formed story but that is certainly not the case for the songs written by Javed Akhtar. The songs are far more popular than the film ever became.
Tumse Milke – Main Hoon Na
A racy fun love song with Shahrukh Khan and Sushmita romancing as a pretend student and a Chemistry teacher have the help of the great Javed Akhtar to keep the audience gripped to their seat.
Tere Liye – Veer Zaara
The love story of two lovers whose lives have been ravaged by the hatred of the people in power across the borders and how that hatred tries to kill off the love they share despite one being from India and another from Pakistan.
Kitni Baatein – Lakshya
Misunderstandings, ego and failure to stand up for what you should usually lead to a really messed up situation that is usually beyond repair and the lyrics beautifully depict that tension the lovers tiff causes.
Aao Na – Kyun Ho Gaya Na
This song is belongs to probably the least known film from the list but you will surely have hear the song as the love story between a sorted girl set to embark on her life falls in love with a frank spoiled brat.
Yeh Jo Des Hai Tera – Swades
Shahrukh Khan may have gotten away with many questionable performances to the applause of his blind fans but this film is one of his all time greats. The pull of your country’s love and your long lost loved ones will give you the chills irrespective of where you reside and remind you of the place where you belong.
Kabhi Alvida Na Kehna title track
An uncomfortable topic for many but well-told in the film finds good support from the supressed feelings that come out with the songs from Kabhi Alvida Na Kehna.
Jee Le Zara – Talaash
The film may have had a mixed response mostly on the negative side but the songs are evidence of the beautiful story that could have been told much better. Just by listening to the songs, you can feel the anxiety that the film scenes failed to depict aptly.