Written by Salim-Javed: The Story of Hindi Cinema’s Greatest Screenwriters

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Penguin UK, Oct 1, 2015 - Performing Arts - 372 pages
The dramatic, entertaining story of the dream team that pioneered the Bollywood blockbuster Salim Khan and Javed Akhtar reinvented the Bollywood formula with an extraordinary lineup of superhits, becoming game changers at a time when screenwriting was dismissed as a back-room job. From Zanjeer to Deewaar and Sholay to Shakti, their creative output changed the destinies of several actors and filmmakers and even made a cultural phenomenon of the Angry Young Man. Even after they decided to part ways, success continued to court them-a testament not only to their impeccable talent and professional ethos, but also their enterprising showmanship and business acumen. Fizzing with energy and brimming over with enough trivia to delight a cinephile's heart, Written by Salim-Javed tells the story of a dynamic partnership that transformed Hindi cinema forever.

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How My SalimJaved Story Started a k a Main Majboor
Enter Javed Akhtar
Haathi Mere Saathi
Yaadon Ki Baaraat
Aakhri Daao
Chacha Bhatija
Kaala Patthar
The Split
Going Solo

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About the author (2015)

Diptakirti Chaudhuri is a salesman by day and writer by night. This is his third book and the second on Hindi cinema. He is currently working on a biography of India's most explosive screenwriters, Salim Javed. He lives in Bangalore with his wife, a son and a daughter. They don't share his obsessive love for the movies. Yet.

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