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A visual tribute celebrating Javed Akhtar's 75th birthday begins tomorrow


The exhibition celebrating Javed Akhtar's journey will be inaugurated by his children, Farhan and Zoya Akhtar.

Pradeep Chandra, Javed Akhtar and SMM Ausaja

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An exhibition of rare photographs, paintings, sketches, film posters, lobby cards and personal memorabilia commemorating the 75th birthday of scriptwriter, poet and activist Javed Akhtar is being organized tomorrow at the Nehru Centre art gallery in Mumbai.

Curated by photojournalist Pradeep Chandra and film historian SMM Ausaja, the show follows 75 Frames, the 2017 exhibition celebrating Amitabh Bachchan’s platinum year that was also organized by the duo.

Speaking about the exhibition, Pradeep Chandra said, “I have known and observed Javed saheb since the early 1970s when he was rising as a scriptwriter. It is years of admiration that has culminated in this tribute.”

Ausaja said, “Having grown up in Lucknow and Kanpur in the 1970s and 1980s, Javed saheb’s films were an integral part of my journey. It is his brilliance as a scriptwriter that made me his fan. This show is a humble celebration of his awe-inspiring repertoire.”

The event will be inaugurated by filmmakers Farhan and Zoya Akhtar, Javed Akhtar's offspring. A special edition pen will also be released in honour of the literatteur, followed by a Q&A with author Nasreen Munni Kabir. The exhibition will be accessible to fans and admirers till 18 January.