Javed Akhtar (born 17 January 1945) is a poet, lyricist and scriptwriter from India.
Akhtar is a mainstream writer and some of his most successful work was carried out with Salim Khan as half of the script-writing duo credited as Salim-Javed between 1971 to 1982.
Hailing from a family of freedom fighters, Javed Akhtar is the great-great-grandson of Allama Fazl-e-Haq Khairabadi, a notable name in the Indian Freedom Struggle and one of the main figures of the Indian Rebellion of 1857 who was hanged at the K?l? P?n? prison in 1861. He is a recipient of the Sahitya Akademi Award.
Javed Akhthar started writing lyrics for films beginning with Silsila in 1981 and since 1982 has written lyrics for around 80 films and scripts for over 20 films. After the split with Salim he wrote some scripts on his own but mostly moved into writing lyrics for films.
Akhtar has attempted more serious Urdu poetry aside from writing lyrics for movies. A major set of his works were compiled in Tarkash, which was rendered into audio in his voice. Singers such as the late Jagjit Singh and the late Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan have sung some of his poetry.
Javed Akhtar was a judge alongside Anu Malik, Kailash Kher and Sonali Bendre on India's singer hunt Indian Idol 4. He is on the advisory board of the Asian Academy of Film & Television.
Akhtar was nominated to the Parliament upper house Rajya Sabha on 16 Nov 2009.