Mumbai, June 15, 2021: Salim-Javed revolutionised Indian cinema in the 1970s and now a documentary on them is being produced by their children — Salman Khan, Farhan Akhtar and Zoya Akhtar.
Documentary on Salim-Javed
Salim-Javed revolutionised Indian cinema in the 1970s and they brought in the concepts of “angry young men”, “Bombay underworld crime films”, “dacoit Western genres” reinvented Bollywood movies. Their Sholay, Zanjeer, Deewar, Don and Seeta Aur Geeta, have become some of the greatest hits of Bollywood. Now, the story behind the formidable writer duo — Salim Khan and Javed Akhtar — will be brought to the screen in a documentary produced by their children Salman, Farhan and Zoya.
The documentary will be produced as a joint venture under three banners — Salman Khan’s Salman Khan Films; Farhan Akhtar and Ritesh Sidhwani’s Excel Entertainment; and Zoya Akhtar and Reema Kagti’s Tiger Baby Films.
“The project will capture the magic of the era that Salim-Javed, together created,” read a statement from the producers.
Namrata Rao to narrate Salim-Javed’s story
Titled Angry Young Men, the documentary on Salim-Javed will be directed by Namrata Rao.
Rao is known for her work as an editor on successful movies such as Oye Lucky! Lucky Oye!, Ishqiya, Band Baaja Baaraat and Kahaani.
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Trade analyst Taran Adarsh took to Twitter to share the news. “SALMAN KHAN – EXCEL – TIGER BABY JOIN HANDS… SALIM-JAVED DOCUMENTARY… #SalmanKhan, Excel Entertainment [#FarhanAkhtar, #RiteshSidhwani] and Tiger Baby Films [#ZoyaAkhtar, #ReemaKagti] to make documentary on #SalimKhan and #JavedAkhtar… Titled #AngryYoungMen. Directed by Namrata Rao, the documentary – #AngryYoungMen – will capture the magic of the era that Salim-Javed created together. #SalmanKhan #FarhanAkhtar #RiteshSidhwani #ZoyaAkhtar #ReemaKagti #SalimKhan #JavedAkhtar,” tweeted Adarsh.
Break ke baad
Salim-Javed association lasted till 1982 when both decided to split. Thereafter, Javed Akhtar moved into writing lyrics for around 80 films and scripts for 20 films from 1981 till present times, while Salim Khan wrote for 10 scripts between 1983–1996. However, till the time they were together they even shared up to 25% of the profit.
They are credited together on two films after the split, Zamana (1985) and Mr. India (1987), due to these scripts being written earlier and made into film later after their split.
It’s said they had a “last unofficial partnership” in the 2003 film Baghban starring Amitabh Bachchan, Hema Malini and Salman Khan. Amitabh requested to Javed Akhtar to write his final speech. Salman, for his speech prior to that, requested his father to write his speech.
However, neither Salim Khan nor Javed Akhtar were credited.