When Javed Akhtar Talked About His Attraction Towards Shabana, Said It Was Much Before He Knew Her

Long back, on Simi Garewal's chat show, Javed Akhtar had talked about his love and fascination towards his wife, Shabana Azmi. Details inside!


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When Javed Akhtar Talked About His Attraction Towards Shabana, Said It Was Much Before He Knew Her

Shabana Azmi and Javed Akhtar are among the most sought-after couples winning our hearts for more than three and a half decades. For the unversed, Javed Akhtar was previously married to Honey Irani and had two kids, Farhan Akhtar and Zoya Akhtar. However, their love was so strong that Javed and Shabana had fought all the odds to be together.

Javed Akhtar and Honey Irani had separated their ways in 1978, and then he had exchanged vows with Shabana Azmi on December 9, 1984. National award winner songwriter, lyricist, and scriptwriter, Javed Akhtar turned a year older on January 17, 2022. On his 77th birthday, let's revisit what he had to say about his love story and his beautiful wife, Shabana Azmi.

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Javed Akhtar had once appeared on Simi Garewal's chat show, Rendezvous With Simi Garewal, in 2000 and had talked about the first moment when he had felt the love for his Shabana Azmi. He had said:

"Much before I told it to myself, I was really fascinated by her. I don't know why. When I didn't know her much, then too, she used to attract me. There was something about her that was always fascinating. It's very difficult for me to decide what was the precise moment when I fell in love with her. I can't think of a time when I knew this name, I knew this person, even remotely, and I was not attracted to her."


In the joint conversation with Javed on Simi's show, Shabana Azmi had also opened up about the moment when she had felt Javed Akhtar was the one for her. She had mentioned that both of them came from quite a similar background which had led them to the road of love. The actress had shared:

"Quite soon after I got to know him. Firstly, he used to make me laugh a lot, I used to keep laughing all the time. I enjoyed his company. I find him very stimulating, I find him to be one of the most intelligent men I have met, so I enjoyed his company very much and that, I think, led to love." 

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Earlier, in a conversation with Twinkle Khanna on the talk show, The Icons, Shabana Azmi had disclosed that her parents were not on her side as she was in a relationship with an already married man, Javed Akhtar. Shabana had explained the situation at that time and how her parents had disapproved of her love story with Javed Akhtar. She had said:

"He was a married man, he had children, it was really tough. And that's why I feel that people shouldn't speculate. It's difficult enough for the people involved and then just for gossip's sake. And obviously, people are going to say, 'You call yourself a feminist and then how have you got yourself in this situation."


On January 17, 2022, Shabana Azmi had taken to her Instagram handle, and to wish Javed Akhtar on his 77th birthday, she had shared an unseen family photo. In the picture, we could see Shabana posing with Javed Akhtar and his ex-wife, Honey Irani, along with their children, Farhan and Zoya and Farhan's fiancee, Shibani Dandekar. Sharing the picture, Shabana had written:

"Happy birthday Jadu."


We absolutely adore and get inspired by Javed and Shabana's love story, every day!

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