Recently, Shabana Azmi took to her Instagram handle to share a picture of Javed Akhtar with the Richard Dawkins Award.
Sharing the photo, she wrote, ”#Javed Akhtar with the prestigious #Richard Dawkins 2020 Award. What an honour”. As soon as she shared the post, fans and B-town celebs flooded the comment section with congratulatory messages.
Bhumi Pednekar wrote, ”Congratulations sir 🙌”, while Dia Mirza was all hearts. Divya Dutta commented, ”🙏🏻🙏🏻🤗🤗🤗Mubarak”.
#Javed Akhtar with the prestigious #Richard Dawkins 2020 Award. What an honour
Meanwhile, Akhtar and Richard Dawkins on Saturday had interacted with each other during a virtual conversation on the award. The ace lyricist has become the first Indian to win Richard Dawkins Award 2020 for critical thinking, advancing human progress and humanist values.
The award, which is named after English evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins, has been presented since 2003.
The renowned personality is conferred with the award for his “critical thinking, holding religious dogma upto scrutiny, advancing human progress and humanist values.”
The veteran lyricist and screenwriter also have five National Awards for Best Lyricist to his name and even the Sahitya Akademi Award.