Farhan Akhtar is an extremely talented and creative and young director and has made a place for himself in very little time.
he is related to bollywood , he is involved in film making , scriptwriter, actor, singer, lyricist and Host.
He entered Bollywood at the age of 17, assisting directors and cinematographers. 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 sister, Zoya Akhtar recently 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 friendsplayed 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, Lakshyaa 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, Akhtar made his acting debut in Rock On!!. It was critically acclaimed as well as a box office hit, doing exceptionally well particularly in the metros.He also appeared as the male lead in his sister Zoya's directorial debut, Luck By Chance. His latest film is Kartik Calling Kartik. Two more movies are scheduled to release in 2010: Dhruv and Gulel (his only acting venture which is not his production too).In 2011 Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara is scheduled to release in which he co-stars with hrithik.
His directorial debut Dil Chahta Hai (2001), was highly praised. He made his acting debut with Rock On!!
Akhtar also made his singing debut in Rock On!!, singing in most of the movie's songs. He was even supposed to sing a song for Blue, which has music by A. R. Rahman.However this could not happen as Akhtar was shooting for Kartik Calling Karthik then and could not find the time.
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).
FA says -
- "I feel a mixture of nervousness, anticipation and excitement," said Akhtar. "Karthik Calling Karthik is a suspense thriller that has been dealt with in a sensible manner. I feel really happy and relieved that it is finally here. It's out of our hands now,".
- 'I'm surprised and upset by the complete disregard of the journalist's sense of ethics and lack of sensitivity to the effect such kind of skewed writing can have on a person's life,' said Farhan in the statement.
- "Woke up this morning to some really creative fiction. Where do they get their inspiration for such imagination from I wondered…?,"