‘My Father Taught Me The Worth of Simplicity in Writing.’ - Javed Akhtar

Like father, like son goes the famous idiom. Justifying the idiom eminent Bollywood poet Javed Akhtar remembered his illustrious father legendary poet and Bollywood lyricist Jan Nisar Akhtar on the occasion of Father’s Day. Incidentally the year also marks the 100th birth anniversary of his father. 

Recalling his father Javed Akhtar said, “My father was a poet from the old school of poetry who did not stoop to the dictates of producers hence despite being a poet of immense talent he did not achieve the glory that he deserved. Woh Balraj Sahni, Sanjeev Kumar aur Naseeruddin Shah bann sakte hain. Rajesh Khanna ya Amitabh Bachchan nahin."

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Briefing about his father Javed Akhtar said, “My father has written many hits songs like Bechain Nazar Betab Jigar... (YASMIN), Ae dil-e-nadaan…(RAZIA SULTAN), Aaja Re O Mere Dilbar Aa Ja... (NOORI), Aap Yun Faaslon Se Guzarte Rahe … (SHANKER HUSSAIN), 'Yeh dil unki aur nigahon ke saaye... (PREM PARBAT) etc. but it was his fortune that most of the movies that he wrote lyrics for did not fare well at the box office despite hit music and tragically in Bollywood, your work is judged by your success and not by quality!” 

Javed informed, “My father has played an important role in shaping my career as a poet. At a young age he had seen a budding poet in me hence he motivated me to write. He would affectionately recite his poems and explain me the art of writing verses.” 

He added, “The most important think I learned from my father was the simplicity in writing. He taught me the worth of using simple words in poems rather than the use of Arabic and Persian words that was a common trend in those days. He believed it is easy to write in difficult vocabulary but very difficult to express in simple language.” 

Javed concludes, “As my father could not achieve stardom hence I did not inherit wealth but I am blessed to inherit his style of expression and his command over poetry.”