I slept under trees like ‘homeless, jobless people’ when I first came to Mumbai: Javed Akhtar

Popular lyricist and screenwriter Javed Akhtar was not very well-to-do when he first came to Mumbai in the 1960s.
On his 77th birthday, let’s have a look at the struggle and the rough experiences he’s been through.

“I slept wherever I fancied – sometimes in some verandah, sometimes in some corridor, sometimes under some tree where several homeless, jobless people like me also lived. At last, in November 1969, I got some work which in film parlance is called a ‘break’,” he said in an interview.

“It was 4th of October 1964 when I came to Bombay. This 56-year-long journey had many zig-zag roads, many roller coasters, ups and downs, but the grand total is heavily in my favour. Thank you Mumbai, thank you film industry, thank you life. You all have been too kind.” He once wrote on twitter in 2020.