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Javed Akhtar reveals why he and Salim Khan stopped working together 

Tuesday, January 24, 2023 • Hindi Comments
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Javed Akhtar reveals why he and Salim Khan stopped working together 

Salim Khan and Javed Akhtar are arguably the greatest screenwriting duo in the history of Bollywood. They were responsible for writing Amitabh Bachchan's initial movies which earned him the image of 'angry young man'. Some of their iconic films include 'Sholay', 'Deewar', 'Zanjeer', 'Don', 'Haathi Mere Saathi' and 'Yaadon Ki Baarat' to name a few. However, Salim and Javed's collaboration didn't last very long and in a recent media interaction, the latter explained why they stopped working together.

In a recent chat with BBC News Hindi, Javed said, "We did not sit and decide that now we are partners. This just gradually happened. In our earlier unsuccessful days, we were struggling, we were one. We did not have any other friends, we would work together from morning to evening. We would even have dinner together. Out of 24, we would spend 15-16 hours together."

He further added, "Jab kaamyaabi aayi, toh naye naye log zindagi mein aana shuru ho gaye aur voh circle dheere dheere alag ho gaye. Toh voh mental rapport tha humara, voh toot gaya. Toh fir voh kaam nahi ho sakta tha. (When we became successful, new people came into our lives and our circles got separated. The mental rapport we had, that got broken. We could no longer work together.)"

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