Tillie Olsen, “Silences in Literature,” Silences (NY: Delacorte, 1978), 20.


Javed Akhtar

"Bollywood and the Global India"

in conversation with

Priya Joshi

5-7pm, Thursday, April 14, 2011
Alter Hall Auditorium, A31
1801 Liacouras Walk
Philadelphia, PA 19122




A video of Mr. Akhtar's remarks may be viewed here.

Javed Akhtar has been a defining voice in Bollywood cinema and its global diffusion for decades. Screenwriter, poet, and Member of Parliament, Akhtar co-wrote the screenplays for Bollywood's biggest blockbusters in the 1970s, including Sholay, Deewar, and Trishul. His lyrics articulate responsibility and conscience, politics and grief, and capture the zeitgeist of India in transition. A staunch believer in secular ideals, Akhtar has been an outspoken voice in the streets and in Parliament on matters of social justice and religious harmony. He has been honored by every major film award in India numerous times (including 14 Filmfare awards) and both the Padma Shri and Padma Bhushan, given for exemplary citizenship by the Government of India.

Join Javed Akhtar as he speaks about his remarkable career and the many Indias of which it continues to be a part.


Priya Joshi, Associate Professor of English at Temple University, is an award-winning scholar who writes on Hindi popular cinema. She is the author of the forthcoming book, Cinema and Public Fantasy in India, and is the Founding Director of the New India Forum.



Javed Akhtar, "About Myself," from Quiver: Poems (HarperCollins, 2001)

Shabana Azmi, "Foreword," Talking Songs (Oxford UP, 2005)

Nasreen Munni Kabir, "Preface," Talking Films (Oxford 1999)


Javed Akhtar's keynote inaugurates an international workshop on the 1970s and its legacies in India's cinemas hosted by the New India Forum at Temple. Mr. Akhtar's visit and the workshop are made possible by generous support from the Center for the Humanities at Temple, Fox-CIBER, and the College of Liberal Arts Research Council.
























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