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Farhan Akhtar

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Date Of Birth : 09 Jan 1974

Parents : Javed Akhtar (Father), Honey Irani (Mother)

Spouse : Riya Jain, Adhuna Bhabani, Shibani Dandekar

Children : Shakya Akhtar, Akira Akhtar

Movie Name : Dil Chahta Hai (2001), Don – The Chase Begins Again (2006), Rock On!! (2008), Game (2011), Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara (2011), Don 2 (2011), Rock On!! 2 (2016), The Archies (2023),

Awards : Farhan Akhtar is an Indian film director, screenwriter, producer, actor, playback singer and television host. Born in Mumbai to screenwriters Javed Akhtar and Honey Irani, he grew up under the influence of the Hindi film industry. He began his career in Bollywood by working as an assistant director in Lamhe (1991) and Himalay Putra (1997).

Farhan Akhtar, after establishing a production company named Excel Entertainment along with Ritesh Sidhwani, made his directorial debut with the coming-of-age comedy-drama Dil Chahta Hai (2001) and received widespread critical acclaim for portraying the modern Indian youth. The film also won the National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Hindi. Following it, he directed the war film Lakshya (2004) and had his Hollywood debut through the soundtrack of Bride and Prejudice (2004), for which he wrote the lyrics. He went on to make the commercially successful Don (2006). He directed a short film titled Positive (2007), to spread awareness on HIV-AIDS.

Although he initially started his acting career with The Fakir of Venice, his official debut was with Rock On!! (2008), for which he won a second National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Hindi as producer, and indulged in further experimentation before he wrote the dialogues, produced and acted for the critical and commercial success Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara (2011), which won him four Filmfare Awards, including Best Supporting Actor. In the same year, he directed a sequel to Don titled Don 2 (2011), which remains his highest-grossing film till date. He achieved further success by portraying Milkha Singh in the 2013 biopic Bhaag Milkha Bhaag, earning him the Filmfare Award for Best Actor. In 2016, he received praise for starring in the crime thriller Wazir and the ensemble family comedy-drama Dil Dhadakne Do.


Who would have thought that Farhan Akhtar`s directorial debut`s script was written after his mother threatened to throw him out of the house. Not only did Dil Chahta Hai kickstart Farhan`s career in Bollywood, it also went on to attain a cult status and became one of the most loved movies of Bollywood. Farhan Akhtar, son of renowned lyricists and writer Javed Akhtar and his first wife Honey Irani, is an all-rounder - he is a director, writer, producer, actor, lyricist, singer, and a television host. Since then Farhan has directed and acted in several successful movies including Lakshya (2004), Rock On!! (2008), and Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara (2011). The actor is most prominently known for portraying the role of the legendary Indian sportsman, Milkha Singh in the movie Bhaag Milkha Bhaag (2013), which also earned him a Filmfare Award for Best Actor.

Early Life
Farhan was born and brought up in Mumbai to acclaimed screenwriters Javed Akhtar, and Honey Irani. The veteran actress, Shabana Azmi, is his step-mother and the noted director, Zoya Akhtar is his sister. He completed his schooling from the Maneckji Cooper School in Mumbai and later pursued law from HR College, Mumbai. However, due to lack of attendance, Farhan was dismissed from the institution and he spent his next couple of years just watching movies.

Personal Life
Farhan Akhtar was briefly married to Riya Jain before marrying Adhuna Babhani in 2000. Farhan met Adhuna, a Bollywood hairstylist, on the sets of Dil Chahta Hai. The couple were in a relationship for over three years and eventually got married in 2000. However, after 16 years of marriage, they got divorced in 2016. They couple has two daughters named Akira and Shakya.

Movie Career
As a Director
While Farhan Akhtar is known for making a commendable directorial debut with the critically acclaimed DIl Chahta Hai (2003), his relationship with Bollywood had begun more than a decade before his directorial debut. At the age of 17, he assisted on 1991 movie Lamhe.

In 1997, Farhan assisted director Pankaj Parashar for the movie Himalay Putra, four years after which he directed Dil Chahta Hai at the age of 26. Although the movie opened to an underwhelming response at the Indian box office, it later went on to gain a cult status. Many critics appreciated Farhan`s work as writer and director, claiming it to be a `new wave` in Indian cinema. The movie, centred around three urban youths of Mumbai, went on to win the National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Hindi. He carried forward his exceptional work into his next project, Lakshya (2004), starring Hrithik Roshan and Preity Zinta in lead roles. It explored the story of an aimless youngster, who finally finds his `calling` in life. Much was expected from the movie, however, the film bombed at the box office; receiving contrasting reviews from critics.

Farhan`s writing skills weren`t just limited to the screenplay but he also concentrated on lyrics-writing as well. Displaying his talent of being lyricist as well, he along with his sister Zoya Akhtar, wrote English lyrics for the Hollywood movie, Bride and Prejudice (2004). In 2006, Farhan decided to work on one of the least explored styles of Indian cinema - remakes. He cast Shah Rukh Khan and Priyanka Chopra in the lead roles in movie Don - remake of the 1978 hit movie of the same name, starring Amitabh Bachchan. The movie opened to positive reviews and went on to become a blockbuster. Farhan was soon hailed as the `torchbearer of the remake brigade of the Indian cinema`. He later went on to direct a sequel to the movie, titled Don 2 (2011), which saw the addition of Lara Dutta to the lead cast.

As an Actor
Farhan Akhtar made his acting debut in 2008 with the movie Rock On!!, seven years after he made his directorial debut. Being a guitarist and singer, Farhan portrayed the role of the lead singer of the band Magik. The movie was declared as a smash-hit and the director-turned-actor received rave reviews from the critics for his flawless performance in the movie. However, before Rock On was released, Farhan had already completed work on the movie The Fakir of Venice (2009), a black comedy directed by Anand Surapur. The movie was initially going to be his acting debut but finally released in 2019.

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