Recognised by his writings that are believed by fans not just to start a revolution of their own but also calm raging storms, lyricist-poet Javed Akhtar needs no introductions as the legend turns 74 years old today. Charming as ever, the multi-talented writer started his career as a dialogue writer, going on to become a scriptwriter, before turning into a full-time lyricist. Dripping with grace and finesse, his writings spin the magic to invoke the deepest of emotions, transporting one to a land of pure emotions.
The Padma Shri (1999), Padma Bhushan (2007), the Sahitya Akademi Award, as well as five National Film Awards, are humble feathers to his success cap and despite his work as a scriptwriter, the lyrical maestro is remembered more for his poetic lyrics. On his birthday today, we bring top 15 evergreen songs that flowed out from his pen that, though are just the tip of the iceberg, are sure to leave a lasting impression on your minds:
Yeh Kahaan Aa Gaye Hum (Silsila, 1981)
Credited as Javed’s first claim to fame as a songwriter, the song from the 1981 movie Silsila, with a lasting chorus, heartwarming stanzas and Amitabh Bachchan’s baritone, is Javed’s instant romantic classic.
Ek Ladki Ko Dekha (1942: A Love Story, 1994)
Javed defied the norms with this romantic number as he perfectly demonstrated through his lyrics, the true feelings of romance through a guy’s perspective. Not only does this song captures the feelings that run through a man’s heart every time he sees the woman he loves but the composition is also devoid of a chorus and runs like an endless loop of beautiful melodies.
Awaara Bhanwara (Minsara Kanavu, 1997)
Composed by the legendary AR Rahman, the song with its innocent lyrics and great music sure has a place in out memories even if the film may have not done as well to be remembered.
Panchi Nadiya Pawan Ke (Refugee, 2000)
This song by Javed Akhtar went on to become far more popular than the colossal debut film of Abhishek Bachchan and Kareena Kapoor.
Dheeme Dheeme (Zubeidaa, 2001)
Javed’s choice of words has hands down complemented the singer’s melodious voice and elegantly portrays the emotions of the queen in this Karisma Kapoor starrer.
Dil Chahta Hai title track (2001)
Raking up more than a couple of awards for the songs in 2001’s award ceremonies, this song, that is listed as a youth anthem, was given life by Javed Akhtar as the protagonists embark on an epic journey to Goa and through their lives.
Yun Hi Chala Chal Rahi (Swades, 2004)
Had it not been for Javed’s lyrics, the scenic hinterlands in the visuals of this Swades track would not have looked as beautiful. The writer’s lyrics win full credits for striking a fine balance between inspiration and adrenaline.
Kitni Baatein (Lakshya, 2004)
These lyrics by Javed Akhtar beautifully depicts the tension between the lovers caused by tiffs of misunderstandings, ego and failure to stand up for what one wants, leading to a messed up situation, usually beyond repair.
Tere Liye (Veer Zaara, 2004)
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 has been summed up in a bout of emotional lyrics by Javed Akhtar in this song.
Aankhon Main Teri (Om Shanti Om, 2007)
This song too goes down as a jewel in Javed Akhtar’s proverbial crown as he leads the lyricist industry.
Jashn-e-Bahara (Jodha Akbar, 2008)
Known for his amazing grasp over Hindi and of course Urdu, this is a masterpiece from the grand master himself, a lovely romantic number that oozes pure love.
Pichhle Saat Dino Mein (Rock On!, 2008)
highly unlikely to pass as a Javed Akhtar song, the song is nothing short of remarkable as the lyrics connect with the youth so effortlessly.
Iktara (Wake Up Sid, 2009)
This has to be one of the best songs from the Ranbir Kapoor and Konkona Sen starrer as the lyrics perfectly describe the dilemma of a youthful heart with innumerable dreams.
Gal Mithi Mithi Bol (Aisha, 2010)
Trust Javed Akhtar to spin out words that would splurge a scene with unexpected melody and instantly put you in a peppy mood just like this Punjabi track for the Bollywood movie Aisha.
Hosanna (Ek Deewana Tha, 2012)
The song made huge ripples across the music world, for its deep romantic yet funky lyrics, becoming a widely popular song in no time, even though the film bombed at the Box Office. That is the magic of Javed Akhtar.