Farhan Akhtar

Profession: Actor , Dialogue, Director, Producer, Screenplay, Singer, Story Writer, Supporting Actor
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  • Also Know as :- Farhan Akhtar
  • Profession:- Actor , Dialogue, Director, Producer, Screenplay, Singer, Story Writer, Supporting Actor
  • Gender :- male
  • Birthdate:- 09 Jan 1974
  • Birth Place:- Mumbai
  • Status:- Divorced
  • Debut Year:- 2001
  • Active Years:- Till Today

Physique Details

  • Height :- 175
  • Weight:- 72
  • Eye Color :- Black
  • Hair Color :- Black
  • Hair Length :- Short
  • Waist :- 30
  • Shirt Collar Size :- 42

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Farhan Akhtar
Indian Film History
Farhan Akhtar
Indian Film History
Farhan Akhtar
Indian Film History

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Farhan Akhtar is one of the few artists in Bollywood who has tasted success in almost all departments of cinema be it writing, filmmaking,acting,singing and also as a lyricist too. The multi-faceted genius in Akhtar has produced some of the path breaking cinema experiences in the history of Hindi films. Akhtar through his films have been able to incorporate the values of the modern youth and society into the conventional system without making any compromises to both thus producing some of the best works. Indian Cinema will always remember him solely or being the creator of Dil Chahta Hai, a milestone in Indian cinema history which has created a legacy of its own.

Farhan Akhtar was born as the elder son of acclaimed Bollywood screenwriter couples Javed Akhtar and Honey Irani in Mumbai. His father other than being a acclaimed lyricist and independent screenwriter is also the co-writer of the epic Salim-Javed combo along with Salim Khan which has produced some of the all-time blockbusters of Indian cinema like Sholay, Deewar, Don and many more cult classics and his mother too is known for her landmark screenplays like Lamhe, Darr , Parampara and many others ; thus Akhtar from a very young age was drawn close to the medium of cinema. Akhtar is also the great grandson of famous Urdu poet Muztar Khairabadi and grandson of poet Jan Nisar Akhtar too. Akhtar did his schooling from Maneckji Cooper school in Mumbai after which he went on to study law from HR College Mumbai which he shortly discontinued due to lack of attendance as he spent most of his time just watching movies before making his entry as an intern at the age of 17 into cinema.

Akhtar was married to Adhuna Bhabani a famous hairstylist, ending a three year relationship in 2016.The couple has two daughters Shakya Akhtar and Akira Akhtar. The couple brought the marriage to an end on 21stJanuary, 2016 through mutual divorce. Akhtar grew up in an agnostic environment and also does not follow any religion like his father and sister.

Pre cinema phase (1991 -2001 ) Akhtar after discontinuing his studies was left with nothing better to do other than watching cinema which was not accepted well by his parents even reaching a point where he ‘almost was thrown out of his own home’ as Akhtar remembers in one of his recent interviews. He had reached a phase where he had to fend for himself and discovering his severe passion for the art of cinema he decided to pursue a career in the movies at the age of 17 when he joined as an intern in the year 1991 for Yash Chopra’s cult romantic film Lamhe, where is mother served as a writer, which saw him working as an assistant cinematographer after which he assisted the director in the movie Himalaya Putra. Akhtar during that phase also worked for TV production houses after which he started his own production house Excel Entertainments with his childhood friend Ritesh Sidhwani for a short while. Ground breaking directorial debut (2001) Farhan Akhtar after years of hard work and slogging made his directorial debut in the year 2001 under his own production house excel entertainments with the Coming of Age movie Dil Chahta Hai starring Aamir Khan, Saif Ali Khan and Akshaye Khanna which went on to create history for Akhtar . The film was a path breaking cinematic outing which found huge followers, in the young generation especially. Dil Chahta Hai is still considered to be one of the best Hindi movie ever by many critic’s and even audience alike for its fresh screenplay, lively yet sophisticated characters ,a heart touching story line, realistic situations,killer music album and back ground scores ,flawless technical works, the kick ass performances of the lead cast and of course the highly refreshing making style of Akhtar. All in all Dil Chahta Hai was the dream debut for Akhtar as he was noted and appreciated by the entire industry for the genre breaking attempt at cracking modern cinema at its very best .The film also won him many accolades and awards and even got the National Film Award for best Hindi Feature Film for that year.The film which dealt with the story of three close friends who through their personal experiences discover the true intensity and value of relationship’s in real life was also screened at many film festivals across the world. Dil Chahta Hai enjoys a cult following even today among all and is still considered Akhtar’s best work till date. Post Dil Chahta hai phase (2004 – 2006) After the dream debut Akhtar took, he went on a sabbatical only to come back in 2004 with the Hrithik Roshan starrer Lakshya which was penned by his father Javed Akhtar. The war film set in the backdrop of 1999 Kargil war was the story of an aimless man turning into a responsible soldier. Even though not in lines with the reception for earlier javed-akhtar was praised for his eloquent filmmaking style and treatment. Lakshya did not fare as expected back then but has now over time been declared an epic war drama cum coming of age movie by all which is still considered as Hrithik Roshan’s career best performances till date. Akhtar then came up with the remake of the 1978 classic Don (also written by his father while in Salim- Javed duo ) with Shahrukh Khan reprising the title role played by Amitabh Bachchan in the original , the movie became an instant classic and was a blockbuster hit of 2006 which made the character Don an iconic figure once again . Farhan Akhtar after Don had shifted his focus to production where he produced the critically acclaimed movie Honeymoon Travels Pvt.Ltd and it was also supposed to be his maiden film as an actor but later was replaced by Abhay Deol later on. Beginning of acting career ( 2008 onwards ) Akhtar came out of the shell of a writer director label in the year 2008 when he was cast in Abhishek Kapoor’s Rock On!! Which was his debut as an actor and he was also seen crooning for five of the chartbuster songs of the movie, he played a member of struggling music band ‘Magik’ which proved to be a revelationat that point of time. Akhtar delivered a solid punch playing Aditya in the musical movie which was a trendsetter in Bollywood at that time, Farhan Akhtar financed that movie too under excel entertainment and also wrote the dialogues. Rock On!! received fantastic critical reception and the actor in Akhtar got the right exposure in the classic musical threat and singing too got well praised owing to his husky voice which turned out to be pure gold as far the movie is considered. Farhan Akhtar had already established himself as a method actor with his own ways of working. Farhan Akhtar then came up with the lead role in his sister’s directorial debut Luck by Chance where he along with Hrithik Roshan portrayed the role of a struggling actor with much panache; his understated performance saw to it that the movie received positiveresponse from the critics circle as well. Akhtar then played the lead role in the yet to release movie The Fakir of Venice which was originally planned to be his acting debut even before Rock On!! but is still on hold under some legal issues and is said to be a 2016 release. After completing which he did Karthik Calling Karthik opposite Deepika Padukone also was a testament of his talent, his edgy yet composed act was also accepted by the public and cinema goers. But still the movie failed to make a mark. Akhtar produced the movie Game which was a total disaster starring Abhishek Bachchan in the lead. His next production was Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara helmed by his sister alongside Hrithik Roshan and Abhay Deol which again saw him returning to his favourite genre ;coming of age .The road movie set in Spain opened up a new facet in Farhan Akhtar’s acting career where he played a happy-go-lucky guy who was seen to be full on with joyful one liners written by Akhtar himself and showed the audience for the very first time the comic side of the versatile actor. ZNMD was a super block buster and it received awesome responses everywhere. Returned to direction with the sequel to Don (2011) Akhtar took a break from acting to direct the sequel of the Don franchise with ShahRukh Khan yet again playing the title role. Don 2 was appreciated for its action sequences and its classy making style and eventually went on to be one of the highest grossers of all time even outside India but the critics felt that the movie was underwhelming at parts to say the least and thus had to settle with mixed reviews. Don 2 was an ambitious attempt by Farhan Akhtar in creating a visual extravaganza out of the seemingly weak screenplay in hand, after which he came up his way to the big league by making his presence known in hard hitting roles. Farhan Akhtar was picked by Rang De Basanti fame Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra to play for film on the sports legend Milkha Singh in his biopic Bhaag Milkha Bhaag for which he had to put himself under rigorous physical training and also had to conduct research on Milkha Singh to learn his real life mannerisms to make the role convincing , the movie post release became a huge turn around in Akhtar’s career as it became a commercial and critical Superhit. Akhtar’s dedication level and controlled performance were well received and it is undoubtedly his best as an actor till date.Akhtar also produced the sleeper hit Fukrey in 2013. After acting in the anthology movie Bombay Dairies Akhtar played the lead role in the rom-com Shaadi Ke Side Effects opposite Vidya Balan which did not get much attention. After the rather forgettable film Bangistan produced by Farhan Akhtar, he once acted in Dil Dhadakne Do along with an ensemble cast but got inconsistent reports but next was cast alongside Amitabh Bachchan in the Bejoy Nambiar’s crime thriller Wazir which was out of Akhtar’s comfort zone yet he was praised for the subtle interpretation of the character and was consequently the very first hit movie of Akhtar in the year 2016. His latest release is the sequel, Rock ON 2 which is getting mixed reactions and he is all set for his next production Raees starring ShahRukh Khan in the lead role.

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