Javed Akhtar’s wife and celebrated actress Shabana Azmi opened up about the hardships the lyricist faced and how he did not “give up to adversity”.

About 55 years ago, the renowned lyricist, poet and screenwriter Javed Akhtar began his journey to fulfil his dreams.

His wife and celebrated actress Shabana Azmi opened up about the hardships the lyricist faced and how he did not “give up to adversity”.

“On this date, 55 years ago a 19-year-old boy got down at Bombay Central Station with 27 rupees in his pocket and dreams in his eyes @javedakhtarjadu slept on pavements went without food for days but belief in himself. A story of not giving up to adversity and dignity. I salute him,” she tweeted.

 On this date 55 years ago a 19 year old boy got down at Bombay Central Station with 27 rupees in his pocket and dreams in his eyes@javedakhtarjadu slept on pavements went without food 4 days but belief in himself.A story of not giving up to adversity and dignity. I salute him

Javed who has written the screenplay for iconic movies like Deewar, Zanjeer, and Sholay along with Salim Khan, has been awarded Padma Shri (1999), Padma Bhushan (2007), the Sahitya Akademi Award as well as five National Film Awards.

Javed married Shabana in 1984 after divorcing his first wife Honey Irani with whom he shares two children, Zoya Akhtar and Farhan Akhtar.