Javed Akhtar Birthday: Top songs that prove he is a magician with words

Winner of Padma Shri (1999), Padma Bhushan (2007), the Sahitya Akademi Award, and five National Film Awards, lyrical maestro Javed Akhtar needs no introduction.

Javed Akhtar, a legend, has been in the industry for almost five decades, in which he has done several memorable works (as lyricist and screenwriter). Known for writing the stories (along with Salim Khan) of blockbuster films like Sholay, Deewar, Trishul and many more. At one time, producers use to make a beeline to work with Salim-Javed, and they were superstars in their own right.

Javed Akhtar has also penned the lyrics for several songs that have went on to become classics.

Here, we take a look at some of his best songs that prove his mastery over words.

Let’s begin with songs that will resonate with the young at heart.

Dil Dhadakne Do Full Video Song from Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara, for those who love to travel.

Dil Chahta Hai title track (2001), one of my favourite tracks.

Hosanna (Ek Deewana Tha, 2012)…Amazing song and lyrics

Tum Ho Toh Song from Rock On, a modern romantic song

Here are some inspirational songs.

Sandese Aate Hai song from Border, one that plays every Independence and Republic day

Lakshya – Title Track, another inspirational track

Chale Chalo from Lagaan

Here are a few melodious tracks from recent years.

Chand Tare Tod song from Yes Boss

Jashn-E-Bahaara from Jodha Akbar

Radha Kaise Na Jale from Lagaan

And here are the evergreen classics.

Dekha Ek Khwab from Silsila

Yeh Kahaan Aa Gaye Hum (Silsila, 1981)

Chehra Hai Ya Chaand Khila (Saagar 1985)