Farhan Akhtar

Farhan Akhtar is an Indian film director, screenwriter, actor, playback singer, producer, and television host.

Akhtar, after establishing a production company named Excel Entertainment along with Ritesh Sidhwani, made his directorial debut with Dil Chahta Hai (2001) and received critical acclaim for portraying modern youth.

The film also won a National award. Following it, he made the cult 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.

  • Full name: Farhan Akhtar
  • Profession: Indian film director, actor
  • Born: 9 January 1974 (age 46 years), Mumbai, India
  • Height: 1.7 m
  • Spouse: Adhuna Bhabani Akhtar (m. 2000–2017)
  • Children: Shakya Akhtar, Akira Akhtar
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About Farhan Akhtar

Farhan Akhtar was born on 9 January 1974 in Mumbai, India. To screenwriters Javed Akhtar and Honey Irani.

His sister is writer–director Zoya Akhtar. His parents divorced during his early days, and his father married Shabana Azmi in 1984.

Akhtar has termed his parents the “harshest” critics in his career, and also considered Robert De Niro as an “inspiration” in the film industry.

Akhtar is of Zoroastrian Irani origin, from his mother’s side. Akhtar grew up in an agnostic environment and along with his sister Zoya and father Javed Akhtar, he does not believe in any religion.

He is the grandson of Urdu poet Jan Nisar Akhtar and great-grandson of poet Muztar Khairabadi. Muztar Khairabadi was grandson of Fazl-e-Haq Khairabadi, who was a scholar of Islamic studies and theology, notably edited the first diwan of Mirza Ghalib on his request, and later became an important figure during the Indian Rebellion of 1857 in his native Khairabad.

He is also the cousin of Farah Khan and Sajid Khan. He studied at Maneckji Cooper school in Mumbai, and went on to study for a law degree from the HR College, also in Mumbai.

He married Adhuna Bhabani in 2000, after being in a relationship with her for 3 years. They first met during the filming of his directorial debut Dil Chahta Hai in 2001, which also marked Adhuna’s debut as a Bollywood hairstylist.

The couple have two daughters named Shakya and Akira. On 21st January 2016, the couple officially announced their separation after 16 years of marriage.


Akhtar worked as an apprentice in film distribution and direction for Yash Chopra’s Lamhe (1991) when he was 17 years old and later shifted to an advertisement production house named “Script Shop” to spend an approximate 3 years there.

He also assisted Pankaj Parashar as a director in Himalay Putra (1997) before launching himself into direction and writing.


He began his career in Bollywood by working as an assistant director in Lamhe (1991) and Himalay Putra (1997).

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 Award for Best Feature Film in Hindi as producer.

And indulged in further experimentation before he wrote the script, 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 film Bhaag Milkha Bhaag, earning him the Filmfare Award for Best Actor.

In 2016, Akhtar received praise for starring in the crime thriller Wazir and the comedy drama Dil Dhadakne Do.