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When Javed Akhtar said he was not a “conventional father” to Farhan, zoya Akhtar| Bollywood

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Screenwriter Javed Aktar once answered if he was a ‘good father’ to his children – Farhan Akhtar and Zoya Akhtar. He admitted that he may not have been a “conventional dad” to them, but there’s nothing he can’t discuss with them. With Javed turning 78 on Tuesday, take a look back to when he opened up about his relationship with his kids. Read also: When Javed Akhtar was mistaken for Gulzar at the airport but did not correct it

Javed was married to actor-screenwriter Honey Irani. They separated in 1978 and share son Farhan Akhtar and daughter Zoya Akhtar. Later, Javed fell for Shabana Azmi and tied the knot with her in 1984.

During an interview with Filmfare in 2001, Javed was asked if he was a “good father” to his children. In response, film website Tanqeed quoted him as saying, “I was not a ‘dad’ 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. Democracy has its own problems.”

“It would be naive on my part to believe it made no difference. But on the bright side, my kids have always seen mutual respect between Honey and me. We had extremely civilized relationships that got better and friendlier with time. Today Honey and I are the best of friends,” he also added during the same conversation about the difference in his relationship with the kids after his divorce.

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Javed Akhtar recently launched 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 public speeches, interviews and quotes.

Javed Akhtar came to Indian cinema when there was an idea of ​​screenwriters and it was Rajesh Khanna who is credited with giving the first chance to Javed Akhtar and Salim Khan as writers in Haathi Mere Saathi. The duo wrote screenplays for many films such as Seeta Aur Geeta, Deewar, Sholay, Don and Mr India. They later separated in 1982. Betaab, Saagar, Meri Jung, Khel, Roop ki Rani Choron Ka Raja, Lakshya and Don: The Chase Begins Again are some of his best works as an individual screenwriter.

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