Farhan Akhtar

9 January 1974 | Capricorn

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Farhan Akhtar

Farhan Akhtar

Farhan Akhtar is an Indian actor, director, singer, poet, screenwriter and producer. He shot to fame with his directional venture Dil Chahta Hai and his acting debut Rock On established him as one of the leading actors of the industry.

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Farhan Akhtar is an Indian actor, director, singer, poet, screenwriter and producer. He shot to fame with his directional venture Dil Chahta Hai and his acting debut Rock On established him as one of the leading actors of the industry. Farhan Akhtar, a versatile Indian star who has proved his mettle as screenwriter, actor, singer, lyricist, producer and director, was born to lyricist Javed Akhtar and screenwriter Honey Irani on January 9, 1974. Farhan completed his schooling from Maneckji Cooper School and enrolled in HR College to pursue commerce. However, he soon dropped out to pursue his passion for film making. In the start of his career, he worked as an assistant director in Yash Chopra’s Lamhe (1991) and Himalay Putra (1997). He set up a production company with Ritesh Sidhwani in 1999 and his directorial debut, the highly acclaimed Dil Chahta Hai (2001) was a classic portrayal of modern youth and friendship. The film also won a National Award. Next in line were Lakshya (2004) and Don (2006), both of which were successful to say the least. He also produced Honeymoon Travels Pvt. Ltd. (2007) along with Ritesh Sidhwani. He debuted as an actor and singer with Rock On! (2008) and was immensely appreciated by audiences and critics alike. The film won a National Award and he earned the Filmfare, Screen and IIFA Awards for the best male debut. He starred in his sister Zoya’s Luck By Chance (2009) playing a struggling actor, an introvert character in Karthik Calling Karthik (2010) and established himself as a force to reckon with through Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara (2011), for which he also won the Filmfare, Zee Cine and IIFA awards for the best supporting actor - male. After a five year break, he directed and produced Don 2 (2011) which was a blockbuster hit. He also produced Talaash (2012) and Fukrey (2013). He then resumed acting and starred in Bhaag Milkha Bhaag (2013), Shaadi Ke Side Effects (2014) and Dil Dhadakne Do (2015). Farhan went on to win the best actor award at Life OK Screen Awards, Renault Star Guild Awards, Filmfare Awards, IIFA Awards and Zee Cine Awards for his performance in Bhaag Milkha Bhaag. His upcoming productions include Bangistan (2015), Raees (2016) and Rock On 2 (2016). He will also be acting in the film Rock On 2 and his next release as an actor will be Wazir, where he will appear alongside Amitabh Bachchan (2015).

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