Shabana Azmi recalls the time when Javed Akhtar slept on Mumbai streets

Oct 05, 2017, 18:56 IST | The Hitlist Team

Yesterday, Shabana Azmi was on an emotional trip. October 4 is special because hubby Javed Akhtar, who she fondly calls Jadu, set foot in filmdom to chase his dreams on that day

Yesterday, Shabana Azmi was on an emotional trip. October 4 is special because hubby Javed Akhtar, who she fondly calls Jadu, set foot in filmdom to chase his dreams on that day.

Shabana Azmi with husband Javed Akhtar
Shabana Azmi with husband Javed Akhtar

She wrote on Facebook, "It was on October 4, 1964 that Javed Akhtar arrived in Bombay at the age of 19, with two pairs of clothes, a few books and lots of dreams. Today marks the 53rd year of that arrival. He slept on the streets, at Khar railway station, graduated to studio compounds, dressing rooms and Mahakali caves. He went without food for days.

On his most desolate day he told himself, "Things will change, I wasn't born to die on the streets.." Respect for his indomitable will and for the person he is - rising above bitterness and anger to become the compassionate person he is. Proud of you Jadu." Though Azmi is currently on an all-girls road trip in Italy with her besties, she did not forget the date.

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