Javed Akhtar: The gift of words
Javed Akhtar - Poet, lyricist, screenwriter
Javed Akhtar is an eminent Indian film scriptwriter, lyricist and poet, whose lineage can be traced back to seven generations of renowned Urdu writers, poets and freedom fighters. Full bio
you are about to meet is
the value of words like no one else does.
spanning over four decades,
with beauty and versatility,
the one and only Javed Akhtar Sahab.
the power of words --
and one that's very close to my heart.
that are so close to us, near us.
"Why is air transparent?"
what is it that has passed?
What went away?
"What exactly are these words?"
to do with the animal.
the identity of this animal.
then another below it, and wrote: "cat."
I filled a sound
into some criss-crossed lines
has been added onto it.
they formed a word.
these words have become like human beings.
being used with it?
or an average verb, an average mind
When was it last used in conversation?
when you hear a word you remember.
he uses a certain word,
with a certain reference,
surprise, belonging, alienation
any emotion, any reaction,
you will make a small house.
especially from young ones,
is running out of words.
at the cost of depth of words.
hence communication is faster.
about other people,
to articulate your own feelings,
in a detailed manner or clearly.
is carried forward with words.
you cut him off from a culture, a history.
with us today.
they are neither good nor bad.
in the world is because of words.
between us and the rest of the creatures,
although we too are animals.
we can pass on, through our words,
and our knowledge to the next generation.
is passed on to the next.
I came to Mumbai about 25 years ago.
things from Javed Sahab.
like us give him suggestions
this word or that instead.
neither awake nor rests.
Oh! I feel something strange.
throws out words in anger,
Shah Rukh Sahab shared is indeed true.
a super hit film over its title.
bygones and work on some other film.
else is still fine
and return these two to you.
for this reason called
round of applause for Javed Akhtar Sahab.
About the speaker:Javed Akhtar - Poet, lyricist, screenwriter
Javed Akhtar is an eminent Indian film scriptwriter, lyricist and poet, whose lineage can be traced back to seven generations of renowned Urdu writers, poets and freedom fighters.
Why you should listen
A respected social commentator and activist admired for his secular, liberal and progressive values, Javed Akhtar has written a large number of poems against communalism, social injustice, national integration, and for women’s rights.
His publications include his first poetry collection, Tarkash, currently in its 11th edition in Hindi and 7th in Urdu. It has been translated into English, French and a range of Indian regional languages. According to a recent survey done by a publisher’s organization, it is the most sold book of verses in the last 60 years in India. His other books Talking Films and Talking Songs are hailed as some of the most definitive works on Indian cinema.
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