‘JAVED HAS NEVER SAID ANY­THING RO­MAN­TIC TO ME’

Sha­bana Azmi shares what it’s like to be mar­ried to Javed Akhtar, the man be­hind sev­eral love songs

Hindustan Times (Patna) - Live - - Front Page - An­juri Na­yar Singh an­juri.na­yar@htlive.com

One would pre­sume that liv­ing with renowned poet and lyri­cist Javed Akhtar would mean be­ing show­ered with ro­man­tic poetry and sweet noth­ings at home. His wife, ac­claimed ac­tor Sha­bana Azmi says that’s not true at all.

Talk­ing about Akhtar, 72 — who has penned lyrics for some of Bol­ly­wood’s most ro­man­tic songs such as Ye Ka­haan Aa Gaye Hum, Ek Ladki Ko Dekha and Mitwa — Azmi, 66, shares: “Many girls come [to me] and say, ‘You are so lucky to be mar­ried to him. He writes such ro­man­tic songs and poetry’. But Javed Akhtar doesn’t have a sin­gle ro­man­tic bone in his body. He has never said any­thing ro­man­tic to me.”

And, guess what Akhtar tells her when she com­plains about this? “He says, ‘If you are a trapeze artist in a cir­cus, will you hang up­side down in your own house.” Each wit­tier than the other!

The two got mar­ried in 1984. It has been more than three decades of to­geth­er­ness and Azmi says: “He still makes me laugh... He is very witty and funny. What we share is a very solid friend­ship. Javed is fond of say­ing that Sha­bana is such a good friend of mine that even mar­riage could not ruin it!”

Not just great pals, they’re a source of mo­ti­va­tion for each other. Azmi tells us that it was Akhtar who pushed her to go ahead with film­maker Aparna Sen’s next film based on a play by Ma­hesh Elkunch­war. Azmi will also sing in the film. “Javed pushes me a lot. He said, ‘You work at it, there is noth­ing that you can­not do,’” says Azmi.

Javed is fond of say­ing that Sha­bana is such a good friend of mine that even mar­riage could not ruin it SHA­BANA AZMI, AC­TOR

PHOTO: WASEEM GASHROO/HT PHOTO: SATISH BATE/HT

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