Amongst the most popular Bollywood screenwriters, Javed Siddiqui deserves special mention. An Urdu and Hindi writer, Javed Siddiqui is a notable playwright of the country. He has over 50 story lines, screenplays and dialogues under his belt.
After completing his graduation in Urdu Literature from Rampur, Javed Siddiqui moved to Bombay in the year 1959. At this time, he worked as a professional journalist for several Urdu dailies including Khilafat Daily and Inquilaab. He soon became an Urdu reporter for his own newspaper.
His career began as a dialogue writer in Bollywood cinema with Satyajit Ray`s film Shatranj Ke Khiladi in the year 1977. Since then, there was no looking back for him. He has produced excellent works in both art and commercial cinema. His genius in screenwriting was seen in various art films in the likes of Fiza, Zubeidaa, Tehzeeb, Umrao Jaan, and Mammo. Baazigar, Darr, Yeh Dillagi, Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge, Raja Hindustani, Pardes, Chori Chori Chupke Chupke and Koi Mil Gaya saw the best of his screenwriting talent in commercial cinema.
One of the prominent screenwriters in Bollywood, Javed Siddiqui has worked with popular directors in the likes of Satyajit Ray, Shyam Benegal, Yash Chopra and Subhash Ghai during his career. He was considered as an essential part of Indian cinema, in both commercial and art films. This talented screenwriter in Bollywood has won two Filmfare Awards, two Star Screen Awards and one BFJA Award. He won the 1994 Filmfare award for Best Screenplay for the movie Baazigar and the 1996 Filmfare award for Best Dialogue for Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge.
Javed Siddiqui has also written scripts for popular serials featuring Shyam Benegal`s Bharat Ek Khoj, Yash Chopra`s Waqt, Ramesh Sippy`s Kismet, and much more. He has also carved a niche for himself in the field of theater.
Javed Siddiqui served as the National Vice President of IPTA, and later took initiative in the operating of the Marathi IPTA. He has worked with the Marathi IPTA as its national member. His famous play, Tumhari Amrita, based on A R Gurney`s classic American play, Love Letters, was critically acclaimed. It has been performed all over the world, since its first enactment in 1993. It has been the first play to take place at the United Nations.
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