Noted Urdu litterateur, poet and lyricist Javed Akhtar, has been a recipient of many national awards. He has won the Filmfare Award fourteen times in all four writing categories — story, dialogue, screenplay and lyrics. He has also received India’s second highest literary honour – Sahitya Akademi Award in Urdu – for his poetic collection ‘Lava.’ He has also been honoured with Padma Shri (1999) and Padma Bhushan (2007). With a career spanning over 40 years, Akhtar is holding strong to both his words and his charm.
In the words of late editor Khushwant Singh, “Javed Akhtar was born with poetry in his blood.” The celebrated writer is quite vocal about his views on many socio-political issues. When someone asked him if Shia and Sunni were different religions, he said all kinds of religious people were “equally unreasonable”.
Akhtar is also very active on social media. As an advocate of secularism in India, he quite often takes to Twitter to express his views. However, his comments often land him in trouble, but this does not stop him in speaking his heart out.
Something similar happened when Javed Akhtar lashed out at some section of Twitterati and called them paid trolls and retarded bigots and imbeciles.
My friends ask me why some times I engage with these paid trolls and retarded bigots . I can see their point but some times this desire governs me to show that though decent people don’t react rudely to indecency but it doesn’t mean that they can’t .
— Javed Akhtar (@Javedakhtarjadu) January 29, 2019
However, Akhtar’s remarks did not go well with some. They hit back and said he is also a paid troll and Congress paid him through making him Rajya Sabha MP. Take a look at these replies:
Oh but infact it seems u were getting paid by congress in terms of Rajya sabha seats then padma awards to troll bjp?
Did you really deserve wasnot that kind of paying you by congress to keep a urdu shyair in their kitty who will be their Pidi forever?
— ~Amit~ (@LovAmit) January 29, 2019
Sir ab neembu chaat lo..utar jayegi..maan jao..bas karo yeh narangii peena
— Dr. Shamu Supari (@ShamuSupari) January 29, 2019
Sir फ़ो जाइये || फुबह बात करेंगे अब ||
— जय श्री राम (@ssingh0106) January 29, 2019
Isiliye kehte Hain Chicha Kam piya Karo. Ek tweet kitni bar karoge??
— manisha chauhan (@manishaanuj) January 29, 2019
अख्तर साहेब एक तो वैसे ही कोई आपकी इज़्ज़त नहीं करता और जो थोड़ी बहुत बची है उसे खत्म करने आप खुद ही ऐड़ी चोटी का जोर लगा रहे हैं @FarOutAkhtar फरहान आपके पिताजी को बहुते ज्यादा चढ़ गई है नींबू पानी दो इन्हें और समझाओ काहे अपनी बेइज्जती करवा रहे हैं
— Manoj 🇮🇳 नमो अगेन 🇮🇳 (@manojkumar498) January 29, 2019
Not a fingle fenny faid, fut fespond to you to let you know you’re faking a foke of yourselfhttps://t.co/k7SM6STxZ4
— Farzi Lord (@DhaOnez) January 29, 2019
Calling yourself decent is like Pappu calling himself Kalidaas.
— Amar Joshi (@coffeewithamar) January 29, 2019
सीधे सीधे बोलो न तुम्हारे दोस्त बोलते है सोशल मीडिया पर #बक्चोदी की वजह से इतनी गालियां खाते हो, क्यों उन भक्तो को बेवजह छेड़ते हो
— पं• वि पि न तिवारी (@hiddenwarriors2) January 29, 2019
Quest to Shabana ji :
Yeh kaun sa hain jaam jo aapne pila diya ….
Is firfire ka fara fystem fila diya ….
— Appu17 (@17_appu) January 29, 2019
Sir. Sorry but I have gone thru entire thread.. The 1st reaction came from you when you tried to show Auqat to someone who doesnot agree to the view point of Ram Guha. If you use this kind of language for a common citizen, it will have a backlash. And I am not a paid troll
— Shubhankar Bose 🇮🇳 (@iShubhankarBose) January 30, 2019
आज़म तू भी आज आ ज़मीं बन जा,
तेरा अख़्तर रुसवा है तू आ जा।
— अमात्य राक्षस™®🇮🇳 (@capt_mishra) January 30, 2019
Pahle log bas sunte the..ab poochne lage hain..ye intellectuals ko criticism ki aadat naheen hai..ego bhare hue hain
— amit (@amitllr) January 30, 2019
Javed has given screenplays in many blockbusters movies in 1970s such as Zanjeer, Deewaar, Sholay and Trishul, that he co-authored with Salim Khan. But it was film director Yash Chopra who gave us the lyricist Javed Akhtar.