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Javed Siddiqui
Born India
Occupation Screenwriter, Dialogues Writer , Playwright
Years active 1977 – present
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Javed Siddiqui (Hindi: जावेद सिद्दीकी) is an Urdu and Hindi screenwriter, dialogue writer and playwright from India. He has written over 50 story lines, screenplays and dialogues.

During his career, Siddiqui has collaborated with some of India's most prominent filmmakers, from independent directors like Satyajit Ray and Shyam Benegal to commercial directors like Yash Chopra and Subhash Ghai, he became an integral part of Indian cinema, in both commercial and art cinema fields.

Siddiqui has won two Filmfare Awards, two Star Screen Awards and one BFJA Award.

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Cinema and television

After having graduated in Urdu Literature from Rampur, Javed Siddiqui migrated to Bombay (now Mumbai) in 1959, working as a professional journalist for various Urdu dailies like Khilafat Daily and Inquilaab. Soon after that, he went on to lead his own newspaper, Urdu reporter.

He started his career, as a dialogue writer in Satyajit Ray's Shatranj Ke Khiladi in 1977.

Since then, he has been highly regarded for his works in different genres of film making, including art films of parallel cinema, like Umrao Jaan, Mammo, Fiza, Zubeidaa and Tehzeeb; as well as commercial hits, such as Baazigar, Darr, Yeh Dillagi, Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge, Raja Hindustani, Pardes, Chori Chori Chupke Chupke and Koi... Mil Gaya.

He has also written scripts for serials like Shyam Benegal's Bharat Ek Khoj, Ramesh Sippy's Kismet, Yash Chopra's Waqt and more.

Theatre

Siddiqui's has seen success in the theatre field as well. From serving IPTA as a National Vice President, he later contributed in the origin and functioning of the Marathi IPTA as well, and has been associated with it as a national member.[1]

His play, Tumhari Amrita, based on A R Gurney's classic American play, Love Letters, with only two actors (Shabana Azmi and Farooq Shaikh) reading out letters to each other, became critically successful.[2] Since its debut in 1993, the play has been performed all over the world, including a special performance at the United Nations, the first Indian play to do so.[3]

This was followed by Saalgirah, starring actress Kirron Kher, a play dealing with the complexity of divorce in modern urban life.

Siddiqui has successfully ventured in various domains, from Bertolt Brecht to more contemporary themes in his adaptations. He has adapted Bertolt Brecht's play Puntilla and several of his other works. His play Andhe Choohe on Agatha Christie's Mousetrap, is one of the world's longest running play.[4] In the words of critic, Vijay Nair, "Javed Siddiqi’s lines are as poignant as ever. They leap out of the letters as little gems. At times they plead with the incoherence of hurts long stifled. At times they flare up like little flames scorching the audience. At times they sooth like fresh raindrops after a scorching summer. But at all times they have a life of their own and make their presence felt like an invisible third character on stage."[5]

Over the years he has written numerous plays, including Hamesha, Begum Jaan, Aap Ki Soniya and Kacche Lamhe.[6]

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Personal life

Siddiqui has four children Muraad, Lubna,Sameer and Zeba. Lubna Salim, and Sameer are both related to the film and theatre arena. Lubna is a stage actor-singer, and married to theatre and television director Salim Arif, while Sameer Javed Siddiqi is a dialogue writer himself.

Awards

List of works

Film writer

  • Shatranj Ke Khilari (1977) (dialogue)
  • Bara (1980) (screenplay)
  • Umrao Jaan (1981) (dialogue) (screenplay)
  • Sohni Mahiwal (1984) (dialogue) (screenplay)
  • Do Dilon Ki Dastaan (1985) (dialogue)
  • Naam O Nishan (1987) (dialogue)
  • Mar Mitenge (1988) (dialogue) (screenplay)
  • Aakhri Adaalat (1988) (dialogue)
  • Shukriyaa (1988) (dialogue)
  • Guru (1989)
  • Ilaaka (1989) (written by)
  • Baaghi: A Rebel for Love (1990) (written by)
  • Adharm (1992) (dialogue)
  • Baazigar (1993) (written by)
  • Dhanwaan (1993) (dialogue) (screenplay)
  • Darr (1993) (dialogue)
  • Mammo (1994) (dialogue)
  • Chauraha (1994) (dialogue) (screenplay)
  • Yeh Dillagi (1994) (dialogue)
  • Zamaana Deewana (1995) (written by)
  • Gaddaar (1995) (screenplay) (story)
  • Hum Dono (1995) (written by)
  • Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge (1995) (dialogue)
  • Chaahat (1996) (written by)
  • Raja Hindustani (1996) (dialogue)
  • Pardes (1997) (dialogue)
  • Duplicate (1998) (written by)
  • Jab Pyaar Kisise Hota Hai (1998) (dialogue)
  • Angaaray (1998) (written by)
  • Barood (1998) (dialogue)
  • Soldier (1998) (dialogue)
  • Dahek: A Burning Passion (1998) (dialogue)
  • Dil Kya Kare (1999) (dialogue)
  • Taal (1999) (dialogue)
  • Tera Jadoo Chal Gayaa (2000) (dialogue)
  • Fiza (2000) (dialogue)
  • Raju Chacha (2000) (dialogue)
  • Zubeidaa (2001) (dialogue)
  • Chori Chori Chupke Chupke (2001) (dialogue)
  • Albela (2001)
  • Kya Yehi Pyaar Hai (2002)
  • Pyaar Diwana Hota Hai (2002) (dialogue)
  • Hum Kisi Se Kum Nahin (2002)
  • Koi... Mil Gaya (2003) (dialogue)
  • Zameen (2003) (dialogue)
  • Tehzeeb (2003) (dialogue)
  • Dil Maange More!!! (2004) (dialogue) (screenplay)
  • Blackmail (2005) (dialogue)
  • Ek Dhun Banaras Kee (2006) (dialogue)

Plays

  • Saalgirah
  • Anupam
  • Hamesha
  • Begum Jaan
  • Aap ki Soniya
  • Kacche Lamhe
  • Dhuaan
  • Aur Agle Saal
  • Kate hue Raaste
  • Patjhad se Zara Pehle
  • Shyam Rang
  • Who Ladki
  • Raat
  • Mogra
  • Maati Kahe Kumhar Se
  • Peele Patton ka Ban

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