Farhan Akhtar


Farhan Akhtar : biography

09 January 1974 –



Year Title Notes
1998 Breathless Music video for the single "Breathless" Co-directed by Zoya Akhtar
2001 Dil Chahta Hai National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Hindi
2004 Lakshya
2006 Don Remake of the 1978 film
2007 Positive Short film
2011 Don 2


Year Title Director Notes
2006 Don Himself
2007 Honeymoon Travels Pvt. Ltd. Reema Kagti
2008 Rock On!! Abhishek Kapoor National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Hindi
2009 Luck By Chance Zoya Akhtar
2010 Karthik Calling Karthik Vijay Lalwani
2011 Game Abhinay Deo
Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara Zoya Akhtar
Don 2 Himself
2012 Talaash Reema Kagti
2013 Fukrey Mrighdeep Singh Lamba


Year Title Role Notes
2008 Rock On!! Aditya Shroff
2009 Luck by Chance Vikram Jaisingh
2009 The Fakir of Venice Adi Contractor
2010 Karthik Calling Karthik Karthik Narayan
2011 Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara Imraan
2013 Bombay Talkies Himself Special appearance in song "Apna Bombay Talkies"
2013 Bhaag Milkha Bhaag Milkha Singh Post production
2013 Shaadi Ke Side Effects Sid Filming

Playback Singer

Year Title Song
2008 Rock On!!
"Socha Hai"
"Pichle Saat Dinon Mein"
"Rock On!!!"
"Tum Ho Toh"
"Sinbad The Sailor"
2011 Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara
"Toh Zinda Ho Tum"
"Señorita" (Remix)


Akhtar worked as an apprentice in cinematography 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.

Directing, writing and producing

Akhtar made his writing and directorial debut at the age of 27 with the critically acclaimed film Dil Chahta Hai (2001), produced by Excel Entertainment Pvt. Ltd., a production company he established along with Ritesh Sidhwani in 1999. It was shot over a period of three months in Sydney, Goa and Mumbai. Due to its acclaim, he called it a "turning point" in his career. The film dealt with the lives of westernised urban youth in Mumbai. Akhtar had written the script based on his trips to Goa and New York, as well as a narration of a story outline by a friend of his. After its release, the film failed to do well at the box office by taking up a ‘below average’ opening and proceeded to become an ‘average’ grosser. However, it received international critical acclaim and attained an iconic status, with Akhtar receiving credit for starting a "new wave" in Indian cinema. Critic Ziya Us Salam praised Akhtar’s direction and commented for The Hindu: "In his maiden venture, Javed Akhtar’s son shows enough glimpses of his pedigree to indicate that promise will attain fulfilment sooner than later." Various award shows conferred accolades on the film and nominated it for several categories. The year’s National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Hindi for 2002 was won by the film. It was also screened at the International Film Festival of India, the Palm Springs International Film Festival, and the Austin Film Festival. In the same year, he and his sister Zoya Akhtar assisted their father in writing the English lyrics of a song in Lagaan, for which the soundtrack was scored by A. R. Rahman.