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Farhan Akhtar (Hindi: फ़रहान अख़्तर, Urdu: فرحان اختر, pronounced (born January 9, 1974), is an Indian film writer, director, actor, playback singer, host and producer.

His directorial debut (Dil Chahta Hai, 2001) was highly praised and he has since been noted for his cult following. He made his acting debut with Anand Surapur's film, The Fakir of Venice (2007), and Rock On!! (2008).

Personal life
Farhan Akhtar was born on January 9, 1974, to screenwriters, Javed Akhtar and Honey Irani, in Mumbai, where he did his schooling from 'Maneckji Cooper School', Vile Parle, and later joined H.R. College, for a degree in Commerce, though he left it, in the second year.[1] 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. His sister, Zoya Akhtar, is the director of the 2009 film, Luck by Chance. Farhan Akhtar is married to hairstylist Adhuna Bhabani Akhtar. The couple have two children Shakya and Akira.


Farhan Akhtar started his career by working as an apprentice with cinematographer-director, Manmohan Singh at age 17, for films like Lamhe (1991); before going on to assist director, Pankaj Parashar in film Himalayputra (1997), followed by working in a television production house for three years, doing various jobs.

He made his writing and directorial debut 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. Following the release of the movie, in an article in the Times of India, director/producer Karan Johar admited to having thought of Akhtar as a 'brat'.

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.

He then directed a remake of the 1978 Amitabh Bachchan film, Don titled Don - The Chase Begins Again which starred Shahrukh Khan in the title role. The film released on 20 October 2006. Though the movie was critically hammered, it proved to be a great success at the box office,grossing over 50 crores, and being the fifth biggest hit of the year. In 2007 he produced the film Honeymoon Travels Pvt. Ltd. which performed fairly well at the box office.

In 2007, he directed, Positive, a 12-minute short film on HIV stigma and the need for family support for the patient. Shot in Mumbai, it was part of 'AIDS JaaGo' (AIDS Awake), a series of four short films, directed by Mira Nair, Santosh Sivan, Vishal Bhardwaj and Farhan Akhtar, in a joint initiative of Mira Nair 's Mirabai Films and voluntary organisations Avahan and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The film stars, Boman Irani, Shabana Azmi and a debutant actor, Arjun Mathur.

In 2008, Farhan made his acting debut in Rock On!!. It was critically acclaimed as well as a box office blockbuster. According to Bollywood analysts, the song "Sindbad the Sailor" in Rock On!! showcased the latent powerhouse acting talent of Farhan.[citation needed] Farhan Akhtar was invited by Salim Khan to his residence. Salim Khan was so impressed with Farhan's acting skills that Salim awarded him with one of his Filmfare awards.[citation needed] He also appeared in his sister Zoya's directorial debut, Luck By Chance.

He has appeared as a judge on a few shows on television, including the first season of the dance-reality show, Nach Baliye (2005), and the beauty pageant, Femina Miss India (in 2002). He is also a TV host on NDTV Imagine with his show: Oye! It's Friday.



Dil Chahta Hai (2001)
Lakshya (2004)
Don - The Chase Begins Again (2006)
Positive (2007)


The Fakir of Venice (2007)
Rock On (2008) as Aditya Shroff
Luck by Chance as Vikram Jai Singh
Kartik Calling Kartik (in production)


Don - The Chase Begins Again (2006)
Honeymoon Travels Pvt. Ltd. (2006)
Rock On !! (2008)
Luck by Chance (2009)
Kartik Calling Kartik (in production)


Dil Chahta Hai (2001)
Don - The Chase Begins Again (2006)
Luck by Chance (2009)


Bride and Prejudice


Rock On !! (2008)


2002: National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Hindi:Dil Chahta Hai
2002: Filmfare Critics Award for Best Movie: Dil Chahta Hai
Filmfare Best Director
2002 - Nominated (Dil Chahta Hai)
2004 - Nominated (Lakshya)
Filmfare Best Screenplay
2002 - Won (Dil Chahta Hai)
Star Screen Awards Star Screen Award for Most Promising Newcomer - Male
2009 - won (Rock On!!)

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