Born: January 1974
Farhan Akhtar (born 9 January 1974) is an Indian filmmaker, script writer, actor, playback singer, lyricist, film producer, and television host. He works primarily in Hindi cinema.His directorial debut Dil Chahta Hai (2001), was highly praised. He made his acting debut with Rock On!! (2008).Farhan Akhtar was born in Mumbai to screenwriters, Javed Akhtar and Honey Irani. His stepmother is the actress Shabana Azmi. He is also the grandson of Urdu poet Jan Nisar Akhtar and the cousin of Bollywood film director and dance choreographer Farah Khan. He was brought up atheist. His twin sister, Zoya Akhtar made her directorial debut with Luck By Chance, in which Farhan was the main lead. Farhan is married to Adhuna Bhabani Akhtar, a hairstylist who runs B:Blunt Salon with her brother. They have two daughters: Shakya and Akira. He made his writing and directorial debut at age 27 in Hindi cinema with the 2001-hit, Dil Chahta Hai, produced by Excel Entertainment Pvt. Ltd., a production company he co-established along with Ritesh Sidwani in 1999. The movie told the story of three friends (played by Aamir Khan, Saif Ali Khan and Akshaye Khanna), recently graduated from college and dealing with issues of love and friendship. It was a critical and commercial success, especially popular among the younger generation. It earned quite a few nominations at various award shows, including for Best Screenplay, Direction and Film. It won that year's National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Hindi.Akhtar then moved onto his next project, Lakshya (2004), a movie about an aimless youngster finally setting a goal for himself, starring Hrithik Roshan and Preity Zinta. Though the movie did not do as well at the box-office, it won him much critical acclaim. The script of the movie was authored by his father Javed Akhtar. Meanwhile, he also wrote lyrics for Gurinder Chadha's 2004 Hollywood film, Bride and Prejudice.
1991 l U l 187 Mins l Rating:
Role Played: Cinematographer
Viren (Anil Kapoor) who travels to Rajasthan with his governess, affectionately called Dai Jaa (Waheeda Rehman). He meets the beautiful Pallavi (Sridevi) and he instantly falls in love with her. However, she also happens to be older then him, though this does not bother Viren. During a property dispute and a court case, Paalavi's father suddenly dies of a heart-attack. She is shattered and goes in... read more
2009 l U/A l 156 Mins l Rating:
Role Played: Actor, Producer
Luck By Chance is a 2009 Indian drama film written and directed by Zoya Akhtar. Produced by Farhan Akhtar and Ritesh Sidhwani, the film stars Farhan Akhtar and Konkana Sen Sharma in the lead roles.Rishi Kapoor, Dimple Kapadia, Juhi Chawla, Hrithik Roshan, Isha Sharwani, and Sanjay Kapoor feature in the supporting roles.The film is about the journey of an actor who arrives in Mumbai to become a mov... read more