Javed Akhtar Reveals The Secret Of His Marriage With A Strong-Minded Woman, 'Not A Bed Of Roses'

As Arbaaz Khan released the upcoming episode of his show, the legendary poet, Javed Akhtar was heard opening up about the secret of his marriage!


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Javed Akhtar Reveals The Secret Of His Marriage With A Strong-Minded Woman, 'Not A Bed Of Roses'

One of the finest poets and lyricists in the industry, Javed Akhtar is known for his impressive hits one after the other in several Bollywood films. Be it some magical lines from his poems, unmissable shayaris or songs like Sandese Aate Hai, Ek Ladki Ko Dekha To, Main Koi Aesa Geet Gaoon, Panchchi Nadiyaan, and many more, Javed's composition needs no more introduction. Coming to his personal life, he was earlier married to Honey Irani until 1978, when the duo parted ways. Together they have two kids, Farhan Akhtar and Zoya Akhtar. Later, he tied the knot for the second time with veteran actress, Shabana Azmi on December 9, 1984. Now, in a candid conversation, Javed opened up about his married life and the secret behind the successful relationship.

Javed Akhtar on his marriage with Shabana Azmi

As the popular actor, Arbaaz Khan shared the teaser of his show, The Invincibles' upcoming episode, we can see him interviewing Javed Akhtar. During their conversation, Arbaaz asked Javed about the secret recipe for his successful marriage. To this, the writer-cum-lyricist was heard revealing that living a merry life with an independent, strong woman like Shabana Azmi isn't a bed of roses. Moreover, Javed mentioned that sometimes he had to push her, but he always kept in mind that she is his equal. Check out:

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Javed Akhtar and Shabana Azmi’s work front

On the professional front, Shabana Azmi would be next seen in the upcoming film, Rocky Aur Rani Ki Prem Kahani, co-starring Ranveer Singh and Alia Bhatt. The Karan Johar directorial film is slated to be released in July 2023. On the other hand, Javed Akhtar last worked as a lyricist in the sport-drama film, Panga in 2020.

Javed Akhtar and Shabana Azmi

When Shabana Azmi revealed she and Javed Akhtar was staying away from each other initially

Javed and Shabana met each other at Kaifi Azmi’s house, where he used to visit for his love of Urdu poetry. However, this interest of him got Javed attracted towards the beauty queen, Shabana. But since Javed was a married man then, Shabana had kept her distance from him. In an interview with DNA, Shabana had revealed the same and mentioned that her marriage with Javed was perfectly arranged. Further, she mentioned that even though she had understood how well they matched each other, they stayed away for a long period of time.

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When Javed Akhtar’s wife, Shabana Azmi revealed their long-lasting relationship's real reason

In another conversation on the popular chat show, Koffee With Karan, Shabana and Javed were asked about their long-lasting relationship. To this, Javed had mentioned that if two people are completely similar or entirely different, then there is no point in living together. However, if there are some similarities and certain dissimilarities, then that kind of tension is interesting. Soon, Shabana jumped into the conversation and mentioned that since she and Javed meet very rarely, there is no scope for fights and arguments between them. Moreover, replying to the show's host, Karan Johar's question, she shared about her friendship with Javed more than being husband and wife.


What do you think about Javed's revelations about having a successful marriage?

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