Free Press Journal
  • Javed Akhtar, Hridaynath Mangeshkar Award, Hridaynath Mangeshkar, 28th anniversary of Hridayesh Arts, 80th birthday of veteran music composer Hridaynath Mangeshkar

    Javed Akhtar: Indian film industry is citadel of secularism

    Mumbai: The Indian film industry is a citadel of secularism where there’s no scope for communal bias, says veteran writer-lyricist Javed Akhtar. “I had joined the film industry in 1965 on a salary of 50 rupees a month. In these 53 years, not for a second I have experienced or even seen any communal bias in our industry. This film industry is the citadel of secularism. Bigots, don’t try to pollute it,”

  • Mahabharta: Javed Akhtar slams French journalist for saying Aamir Khan, a Muslim, can’t play Lord Krishna

    It was few days ago when reports came that Reliance chairman Mukesh Ambani is all set to produce Mr Perfectionist Aamir Khan‘s most ambitious project, the Mahabharata series on the big screen, with Aamir playing the role of Lord Krishna. And since then, a Twitter user called Francois Gautier, a French journalist asked how can Aamir, a Muslim, play the role of Hindu god, Lord Krishna? Though Aamir didn’t

  • Check out: Sridevi’s surprise birthday party for Boney Kapoor

    Boney Kapoor turned 63 in style earlier this week. On November 11 he flew down some of his closest friends to Chennai for an intimate birthday get-together where the food and the drinks and the reminiscences flowed freely.

  • Javed Akhtar, Hridaynath Mangeshkar Award, Hridaynath Mangeshkar, 28th anniversary of Hridayesh Arts, 80th birthday of veteran music composer Hridaynath Mangeshkar

    Javed Akhtar receives Hridaynath Mangeshkar Award

    Mumbai: Veteran writer-lyricist Javed Akhtar has been honoured with the Hridaynath Mangeshkar Award. Akhtar received the honour here last night at an event which marked the 28th anniversary of Hridayesh Arts and the 80th birthday of veteran music composer Hridaynath Mangeshkar. Akhtar said that receiving the award was one of his highest honours as it comes from the Mangeshkar family.

  • Film industry speaks up on national anthem issue

    Mumbai: Don’t test anyone’s patriotism by making it mandatory for cinema halls to play the national anthem, say film fraternity members who feel respect for the “Jana gana mana” should be natural.

  • Farhan to act and direct a biopic on father Javed Akhtar

    There are no two ways about the fact that poet-author-lyricist-activist-thinker-orator Javed Akhtar is one of Indian cinema’s most influential voices. And unknown to the world his family, primarily Farhan Akhtar and wife Shabana Azmi have been planning a biopic on the man and the poet, the thinker and humanitarian.

  • Mumbai: ED records Javed Akhtar’s statement in money laundering case

    Mumbai: The ED on Wednesday recorded the statement of lyricist Javed Akhtar in connection with a money laundering probe case involving an umbrella body of artistes. Officials said Akhtar is a complainant in the case and the central probe agency is questioning him for information and details of the matter.

  • Women are labelled as bossy if they are in control: Zoya Akhtar

    Mumbai: Filmmaker Zoya Akhtar says people are quick to label a woman as “bossy” if she is leading a team. The 44-year-old filmmaker believes people appreciate authoritarian men but have negative things to say about women who have a strong hold.

  • I take back my ‘harsh’ words on Sehwag, says Javed Akhtar

    Mumbai: Noted lyricist Javed Akhtar, who had hit out at Virender Sehwag for his comments on Delhi University student Gurmehar Kaur, has said that he takes back his “harsh” words as the cricketer has already clarified his statements.

  • Bhopal: WhatsApp, FB bastardising language says Javed Akhtar

    BHOPAL: Ace lyricist Javed Akhtar was felicitated with Mir Taqui Mir Award in a felicitation ceremony organised by MP Urdu Academy here on Friday at Ravindra Bhawan.  After felicitation, the veteran lyricist recited some of his popular poetry which won huge round of applauses from audience who were present in good numbers.

  • Bollywood wishes Happy Birthday to ‘charming’ Javed Akhtar

    Mumbai: Wishing lyricist-poet Javed Akhtar on his 72nd birthday on Tuesday, Hindi film industry celebrities like Anil Kapoor, Farah Khan and Shekhar Ravijiani, expressed their fondness for the “charming” Padma Bhushan awardee.

  • Jaipur Literature Festival 2017

    Our guide to Jaipur Literature Festival 2017: Schedule, time and speaker list

    The much awaited annual literature festival –Jaipur Literature Festival –steps in its 10th year in 2017. The fest to celebrate its 10th anniversary has come up with a special theme ‘The Freedom to Dream: India at 70’ that focuses on 70 years of India as a democratic country. The festival over the years has seen eminent writers, authors and thinkers participating in the festival. The five-day fest will take place at Diggi Palace, Jaipur.

  • Lectured on morality, Shami hits back at trolls

    New Delhi : Indian cricketer Mohammed Shami found himself at the centre of a social media storm after he posted pictures with his wife and daughter, which invited some nasty remarks on his spouse’s dress.

  • ‘Rock On 2’ hit by demonetisation, says Javed Akhtar

    Kolkata: Lyricist and poet Javed Akhtar on Friday admitted that his son Farhan Akhtar starrer “Rock On 2” was hit by demonetisation as the film released close to the November 8 decision by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to scrap Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes.