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Overview (2)

Date of Birth 9 January 1974Mumbai, India
Height 5' 9" (1.75 m)

Mini Bio (2)

Writer Javed Akhtar's and Honey Irani's son 'Farhan Akhtar' is an extremely talented and creative and young director and has made a place for himself in very little time.

He entered Bollywood at the age of 17, assisting directors and cinematographers. He dropped out of college and did various jobs like working for a TV production house and setting up his own production house, Excel Entertainment with childhood friend Ritesh Sidhwani.

Farhan made his directorial debut in Hindi cinema with the 2001 hit, Dil Chahta Hai (2001), which starred Aamir Khan. It was a big success, especially popular among the younger generation. Many rate it as one of the greatest movies ever made in Bollywood. The movie earned quite a few nominations for different awards, and won the Filmfare best screenplay award. His next project was Lakshya (2004) with Hrithik Roshan, which was released in 2004. Though the movie did not do as well at the box office, it won him much critical acclaim. The script of the movie was written by his father Javed Akhtar.

He then directed a remake of the 1978 cult classic Amitabh Bachchan film, Don (1978) called Don (2006) which starred Shah Rukh Khan in the title role. The film released on 20 October 2006 and was a huge success at the box office. He produced the film Honeymoon Travels Pvt. Ltd. (2007) which also did well at the box office.

Then came Rock On!! (2008), in which he starred and produced. The film was a phenomenon and became an instant cult film just like Dil Chahta Hai (2001). And Farhan has a lot to do with its success. He produced it, wrote the dialogues for it, acted in it and learned how to sing the super hit songs. His husky voice seems perfect for Indian rock music. The performance of Farhan in the movie was a revelation. And a method actor of his own unique style was born. Farhan has won applauds from his viewers for his acting debut and all loved the sound of his voice on songs like 'Rock On' and 'Tum Ho Toh'. As part of promotions for Rock On!! (2008), Farhan Akhtar, Arjun Rampal, Luke Kenny and Purab Kohli (the members of the Rock On!! (2008) cast and the fictitious band 'Magik' depicted in the movie) has toured the country making crowds groove to their rocking and magical music.

He was the host of Oye! It's Friday! (2008) which is a celebrity talk show with a tinge of comedy.

On the personal front, Farhan is married to Adhuna Bhabani Akhtar and they have two daughters: Shakya and Akira. They live in Bandra Bandstand, Mumbai. He is good friends with the Rock On!! (2008) cast and Shah Rukh Khan.

Recently another film got released featuring Farhan as an actor. It is his sister Zoya Akhtar's directorial debut Luck by Chance (2009) in which he plays a struggling actor. The film did fairly good at the box office, but did not turn out to be a super hit, although it received some great remarks in its various reviews.

He will soon be seen as an actor once again in Vijay Lalwani's thriller Karthik Calling Karthik (2010) co-starring with the actress Deepika Padukone. After that he will be returning to direction with Don 2 (2011) which he is aiming to be a far more bigger and better action movie with a huge budget than its predecessor Don (2006) and is set to release in the later half of the year 2010.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: the farhanakhtarfan8728

If there is anybody in Bollywood who is truly versatile, it is Farhan Akhtar! He is not only an ace director, a writer and a producer, but also a dynamic actor. And if that wasn't enough, he is also a singer and lyricist.

Farhan Akhtar has Bollywood running in his veins. He is the son of the famous poet, lyricist, and script writer Javed Akhtar and Honey Irani. His sister, Zoya Akhtar, made her directorial debut with Luck by Chance (2009) in 2009, in which Farhan played the main lead.

Farhan Akhtar started his career at an early age by working on films like Lamhe (1991) and Himalay Putra (1997) as an assistant director.

He made his writing and directorial debut with Dil Chahta Hai (2001) in 2001, which went on to become a cult classic. The movie announced Farhan's arrival in B-Town in style and won the National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Hindi. He went on to direct the critically acclaimed Lakshya (2004) in 2004 and the box office hit Don (2006) in 2006. He has also directed a short film on HIV/AIDS - Positive (2007) in 2007.

Farhan then shifted his focus on the then unconquered avenues. He made his acting and singing debut in the National Award winning movie Rock On!! (2008) in 2008.

He hosted Oye! It's Friday! (2008) on NDTV Imagine, and appeared as a judge on Nach Baliye (2005) Season 1.

He truly is Bollywood's multi-dimensional personality. This master of all trades promises to deliver much, much more.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Bling! Entertainment Solutions

Spouse (1)

Adhuna Bhabani Akhtar (2000 - present) (2 children)

Trade Mark (11)

Stunning visuals
Wide angle tracking shots
Works frequently with the producer and a friend in personal life Ritesh Sidhwani. Till now, as of 2009, he has produced all the films directed by Farhan
Frequently works with the music director trio of Shankar Mahadevan, Ehsaan Noorani and Loy Mendonsa credited as Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy. Till 2009 they have composed music in all the films that Farhan has directed (Dil Chahta Hai (2001), Lakshya (2004), Don (2006)) and starred in (Rock On!! (2008) and Luck by Chance (2009))
Most of his movies feature a protagonist who is a coming of age person, who is very naive and immature and through the course of the film has a drastic transformation mentally turning out to become a very mature and responsible character (e.g. Dil Chahta Hai (2001), Lakshya (2004) and Rock On!! (2008))
Frequently casts the actor Boman Irani in his produced and directed films (e.g. Lakshya (2004), Don (2006), Honeymoon Travels Pvt. Ltd. (2007), Positive (2007) and cameo in Luck by Chance (2009))
In all his movies he only uses the song lyrics written by his father Javed Akhtar.
His movies frequently have some sequences shot in Goa, India. Until 2009, almost every movie that he has directed and/or produced has had some parts shot there e.g. - Dil Chahta Hai (2001), Don (2006), Honeymoon Travels Pvt. Ltd. (2007), Rock On!! (2008), Luck by Chance (2009).
His every movie features one duet song, through the lyrics of which the lead characters are conversing or debating over something (e.g. the song 'Jaane Kyun' in Dil Chahta Hai (2001), 'Agar Main Kahoon' in Lakshya (2004) and 'Aaj ki Raat' in Don (2006))
His method acting
His unique husky voice in his acting as well as singing

Trivia (17)

Son of renowned Indian lyricist/poet Javed Akhtar and screenplay and story writer Honey Irani. Brother of Zoya Akhtar, cousin of Kabir Akhtar, and grandson of Jan Nissar Akhtar.
In an interview on the talk show "The Lounge" with Simone Singh (on the Indian channel CNBC-TV18), Akhtar said that when he left college, he spent about two years at home and did nothing productive. During those two years, he watched about two films daily. Akhtar said that it was this period of his life which allowed him to connect with Karan Shergill, the protagonist of Lakshya (2004). Lakshya, which film Akhtar directed, begins with Karan as a young, unemployed slacker who stays at home, sleeps late, and has no ambition or aim in life.
He loves to write poetries in English and Urdu.
Endorses German watch brand - A Lange.
He directed the music video for the 1998 hit song "Breathless" from the debut album of Shankar Mahadevan, which made him famous. Later on Farhan Akhtar and Shankar Mahadevan went on to collaborate in every movie Farhan directed, with Shankar composing the music for his films as the trio Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy (Shankar Mahadevan, Ehsaan Noorani and Loy Mendonsa).
Farhan did something very unconventional in Bollywood by singing all his songs himself for the movie Rock On!! (2008) as the movie featured him as a rockstar. Before this movie a very few other actors have done something similar but just for one song and that too experimentally, but Farhan by using his own voice corrected an age-old error which had become a norm of Hindi movies, i.e. the voice of the actor changing during songs because of a totally different voice of playback singer lending his/her voice in the song for the actor on screen.
He is exactly one day older than actor Hrithik Roshan, who's a close friend in personal life.
Cousin to bollywood actress/director/choreographer Farhah Khan and Sajid Khan. Brother in law to director Shirish Kunder.
Step grandson of Shaukat Azmi and Kaifi Azmi.
Nephew of Actor, Director Kamran Khan ( Father of Farah and Sajid Khan).
Nephew of script writer K.K.Shukla. (He was married to Farhan's aunt Daisy Irani).
Former wife's name is Riya Jain .
Was approached for Rana Daggubati 's role in Dum Maaro Dum but refused.
In 2008, he started directing a film titled " A Voice From The Sky". Set in Calcutta 1905, it was based on the invention of the telephone. It starred Akshaye Khanna. He shelved the film and started Don 2.
Cousin Kabir Shukla (Son of Daisy Irani) works for Zee Cinema. He is the creative director for promo's that air.
Cousin to producer Ritu Shukla (Daisy Irani's daughter).
Farhan was ready with a powerful script for a film on the lines of a Hollywood war movie complete with a Hollywood cast. The film was titled Sid and was to have majority of the crew and cast member from the West. The script was ready and was supposedly a power packed action venture. The story is war-based, along the lines of Hollywood flick 300. Sid was to be directed by Farhan's best director these days Abhishek Kapoor who also directed his debut film Rock On! The story is by Ashok Kumar Banker, the author of Ramayana. He had earlier written Gods of War. Farhan insists that the film is neither based on God of Wars nor a sequel to Lakshya as perceived by many in the industry. It's a completely different film with a one-of-its kind story.

Personal Quotes (8)

[on his suddenly isolating from the outer world during the shooting of Karthik Calling Karthik (2010) - June (2009)] It was the nature of the character I was playing. He's a guy lost in his world. So I was making an effort to isolate myself. Lately I've just been switching off from the world for the sake of my character. If you want to call it method acting, so be it.
[(February 2009) On the title sequence of his sister's film Luck by Chance (2009), which presents very humanely the crew working behind the scenes in films] At the end of the day when you are working, that's the truth of it. I mean glamour is something that comes from adulation by people who idolize their stars from watching their movies. That adds to glamour. But when you are working, today especially, unlike before in 1994 when I was an assistant, there was a lot more hierarchal kind of a system, you couldn't really go upto the lead actor and start talking to them, but now everyone treats each other with a lot more respect, they understand that someone is putting on manual labour. It's not 'creative' labour though but at the end of the day he is working really hard to make sure your film looks a certain way. We wanted that to put this in a bit of focus in this film.
[(February 2009) On why his film Luck by Chance (2009) was found too slow paced by viewers] It's a different pace, I agree. All films will have a different pace. It's important for the audience to view a movie as it is meant to be. You can't go in to a movie with a pre-conceived notion that I want to go in and have fun or something. You have to understand what a film is. Life, 'as' a film, unfolds at a different pace depending on different kind of stories. The movie is a lot about introspection. It's dealing a lot with what's going on within people's lives, within their characters. And there are so many characters, it's not a linear story with one person being followed through and through so it will take a little bit of time to build up. Because in the first half you are catching up with so many different characters, 'establishing their lives', so it may seem a little scattered which at times may be a little exhausting to watch but that's the nature of the story and you can't escape that.
[February 2009] I personally feel that since we (the Indian audience) are used to watching a certain kind of entertainment (the typical traditional bollywood movie) it'll take time for everybody to move on from expecting a routine typical Indian movie and accept a different kind of a movie like say Rock On!! (2008) or A Wednesday (2008). It will take a while for such movies to maybe attain a huge blockbuster status but, slowly but surely, people will realize that okay we need to apply ourselves to watching a movie.
[Feb. 2009 - on being asked if he'll act some time in a movie directed by himself] No. I don't intend on directing myself in a movie. At least not in a near future.
[Spoken in his 30th Jan 2009 Luck by Chance (2009) special episode of Oye! It's Friday! (2008), when asked, why all of his movies have some portions shot in Goa, India] Yeah that's true. I don't know what the connection is but as friends we all used to make a lot of trips there and then there's a totally free sort of atmosphere there, you can think very clearly. And whenever I go to Goa, even now, I feel that the weight, that is on my shoulders, is gone. I somehow feel that I'm in another world and I don't have any responsibilities there and so I can just be whoever I want to be without thinking about what has to come. And probably just to re-live that atmosphere and to enjoy that, I guess Goa is such an integral part of our (i.e. Excel Entertainment, his production company set up along with friend Ritesh Sidhwani) creative process.
[December 2011 - Q: "Who is Farhan the actor's favourite actor?"] I do enjoy watching Hrithik Roshan, Aamir Khan, and Ajay Devgan purely for the fact that when you see their body of work, and the body of work of most other actors, you notice that these guys bring something new to the table by way of a story or character.
[December 2011] I would hate to watch the same kind of performance over and over again. An actor must keep challenging himself if he wishes to have a really long innings. Even as a filmmaker, I believe in mixing genres. A film must be entertaining. When I say entertaining, I don't mean that you should only make people laugh. You can enthrall them with drama or comedy. There should be a sense of variety in storytelling and performance.

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