Actor-singer Farhan Akhtar wished lyricist-screenwriter Javed Aktar on birthday via an Instagram post. Javed turned 78 on Tuesday. Farhan shared a black and white photo of his father. He wrote a heartfelt message for Javed to mark the occasion. Javed’s director daughter Zoya Akhtar also shared the picture of her father and wished him on his birthday. She called him “Dad.” Along with fans, Hrithik Roshan, Shibani Dandekar and Chunky Panday responded to Farhan’s birthday message to Javed. (Read also: When Javed Akhtar said he wasn’t a “conventional father” to Farhan Akhtar and Zoya Akhtar: “My kids can be very…”)
Farhan shared a black and white photo of Javed. In the picture, Javed was wearing a coat and smiling as he posed for the camera. Farhan shared the photo on Instagram and wrote, “Congratulations Dad. You know what you mean to me and to everyone whose life, thinking and work you have influenced for the better. I love you (red heart emojis).” He also tagged his father. His sister Zoya and wife Shibani dropped heart emojis. Actor Hrithik Roshan also posted a heart emoji. Actors Chunky Panday said, “Happy Birthday Javed Saab (red heart and hug emojis)” and Mir Sarwar wrote, “Happy Birthday Ustaad-e-mohtaram.”
Commenting on the post, one of Javed’s fans wrote, “Congratulations to the GOAT (goat and hand folded emojis).” Another fan commented, “Happy Birthday Legend Forever! Keep Shining.” Another fan wrote: “Happy birthday and good luck.”
Zoya took to Instagram and shared an old black and white photo of her dad from 1964 and wrote, “Happy birthday dad (red heart emoji).” She used ‘Javed Akhta’, ‘Bombay’ and ‘1964’ as hashtags. Actors Hrithik commented, “Congratulations Javed uncle and Amitabh Bachchan’s daughter Shweta Bachchan wrote, “Congratulations Javed uncle. What a beautiful picture.”
Javed is the father of Farhan Aktar and Zoya Akhtar. He was married to writer Honey Irani and married Shabana Azmi in 1984. His son, Farhan, was previously married to Adhuna Bhabani with whom he shares two daughters: Shakhya and Akira. Farhan got divorced from Adhuna in 2016, after 16 years of marriage. Subsequently, Farhan married Shibani Dandekar on February 19, 2022 after dating for almost four years.
Javed Akhtar recently saw the release of his new book, titled Jadunama, a coffee table book unveiled by Gulzar. The book takes its title from the screenwriter’s nickname Jadu. It is a compilation of extracts from his famous public speeches and quotes.