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A mere mention of 'birthday', replays millions of memories in our brain. The cute birthday party with pineapple cake, wafers and games used to be the ultimate one, planned by our parents. We waited all year for our birthday to arrive. While we are no longer kids, our birthday still brings a rush of happiness. After all, it is the most joyous time for all of us. No matter, whether we are five or fifty, we anxiously wait for this day to come all year round. And today, on January 17, 2020, Javed Akhtar, who has introduced us to the magic of love on the silver screen with his famous songs and shayaris, is celebrating his 75th birthday. (Recommend Read: Farhan Akhtar And Shibani Dandekar Recreate 'Don' Look For Javed Akhtar's Retro-Themed Birthday Bash)
Before we take you further into the story, let us take a look back at Javed ji's life. In the year 1984, Javed saab had tied the knot with famous actress, Shabana Azmi. He had met her for the first time at famous poet, Kaifi Azmi’s home and instantly found himself being drawn towards her beauty. But Javed ji was already married to Honey Irani and was a father of two children, Zoya and Farhan. It took him a lot of time to win Shabana ji's love. And now, they are living in a modern family scenario which is happily accepted by Javed ji's children.
On January 17, 2020, Farhan took to his Instagram handle and penned a cute note for his father. He shared a picture of Javed ji with his kids, and captioned it as "75 years of ‘Jadoo’ .. love you pa. Happy birthday." Take a look at it below:
On January 16, 2020, Javed Akhtar had hosted a retro-themed pre-birthday bash for his family, friends and acquaintances. Many A-listers like Zoya Akhtar, Anil Kapoor and wife, Sunita Kapoor, Amir Khan and wife, Kiran Rao, Urmila Matondkar, Boney Kapoor, Divya Dutta, Satish Kaushik, Richa Chadha and boyfriend, Ali Fazal, Tabu and many more marked their presence. Check out their pictures below:
Recently, at a photo exhibition that showcased the life of Javed Akhtar, his son, Farhan had talked about his father and had shared, "When you really love and respect a human being then it is very difficult to point out one best memory. I feel fortunate that he is my father. I have learned a lot from him about life, work, relationships, culture, etiquettes and languages. I will keep learning from him, so I couldn't have asked for a better person to be my father." (Also Read: Akanksha Puri Reveals That Beau, Paras Chhabra Wanted To Marry Her In 2020, But Now She Is Not Sure)
In an old interview with Rediff.com, Javed ji had shared details of his divorce with his first wife and how it had affected his kids, Farhan and Zoya. He had shared, "It would be naive on my part to believe that it must not have made a difference. But on the positive side, my children have always seen mutual respect between Honey and me. We had extremely civilised relations which kept growing better and friendlier with time. Today, Honey and I are the best of friends."
He had further added, "I wasn’t a "father" in the conventional sense of the word. Traditionally, fathers and sons have never had a communicative relationship. But Farhan, Zoya and I have had a very democratic relationship. There’s nothing in the world they can’t discuss with me. My kids can be very argumentative. (Laughs) Democracy has its own problems." (Don't Miss: Janhvi Kapoor Thrilled To See Father, Boney Kapoor In Shammi Kapoor's Iconic Look From 'Junglee')
Well, we wish Javed ji, the happiest birthday!