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

    He's a successful filmmaker,. An Indian actor, a fantastic script writer,a lyricist who also mostly is the playback singer for majority of his songs,.and also a TV host,.we know him from the popular song titled "Zindagi Na Milegi Doobara" that took the country's youth by storm!!!,he is none other than our very own and charming Farhan Akhtar!
    Farhan was born on the 9th of January in the year 1974 and in his life so far he's tried his hand at almost everything you can think of,.he's captured TV audiences as a host, produced some of the BEST movies in the last couple of years,.done some noteworthy work as an actor,sung the #1 chartbusters in this country's bollywood movie music,.he's been the writer behind some extraordinary films,you name it & Farhan has done it!
    His debut as a director was the film titled Dil Chahta Hai (in the year 2001), which became a hit for that year and earned Farhan high praise. It was much later, in the year 2008 that Farhan debut as an actor hit the silver screen and he took the country by storm with his performance in the film Rock On!!
    A Sneak Peek Into Farhan's Background & Personal Life
    Farhan was born to screenwriters, Honey Irani (Farhan's mother) & Javed Akhtar (Farhan's father) in Mumbai. Shabana Azmi (actress) happens to be Farhan's step mother. The famous Urdu poet by the name of Jan Nisar Akhtar is Farhan's grandfather and Farah Khan (Hindi film director cum dance choreographer) is Farhan's cousin. Farhan says that he has been brought up as a nonbeliever, in other words an atheist. Farhan also has a twin sister by the name of Zoya Akhtar who had made her directorial entrance with the film titled Luck By Chance, where Farhan played the lead role. Farhan's married Adhuna Bhabani Akhtar, who is a hairstylist & also owns and runs B: Blunt or Juice Salon along with her brother. Farhan and Adhuna are blessed with two daughters whom they named Shakya Akhtar & Akira Akhtar.
    Farhan Akhtar's the man behind re-writing Bollywood movie scripts and bringing about a transformation in the Hindi film industry. His films are acknowledged because they always present to the audience the fresh & much needed vibrant visuals that we all need today. Farhan's gift has constantly worked in multiples and you can see him swiftly shift from one role to another as he moves from being a writer, to a producer, the actor, director, and then Farhan the singer.
    Farhan went to school at Maneckji Cooper School before moving on to HR College where he pursued a Commerce degree, but as luck would have it, he dropped out of college in the 2nd year.

    Line of Business
    Farhan was all of 27 years when he made a directorial & writing debut in to Hindi cinema. It was his magic that made the film titled Dil Chahta Hai such a huge raging 2001-hit! Excel Entertainment Pvt. Limited produced the film Dil Chahta Hai. Now, Excel Entertainment Pvt. Limited is a production business that Farhan had co-established together with Mr. Ritesh Sidwani way back in the year 1999.
    Dil Chahta Hai was a tale of 3 friends (played by Akshaye Khanna, Saif Ali Khan & Aamir Khan) who have of late graduated from their college and are now beginning to deal with issues such as friendship & love. Dil Chahta Hai turned out to be a commercial as well as a critical success, in particular a rage among the country's younger generation. The film earned more than a few nominations at different award shows, like for the Best Film, Screenplay & Direction. Also, the film won the National Film Award for the Best Feature Film in Hindi that year.
    Farhan's next project was a film titled Lakshya (in the year 2004), which was based on a character who was an aimless youth who finally set an aim for himself, the aim being to be an officer in the Indian Armed Forces. The film starred actor Hrithik Roshan alongside Preity Zinta (who played the character of a TV journalist). It was strange how the film dint do wonders at the box office in spite of the strong theme and direction, but it did indeed win Farhan Akhtar extreme critical acclaim. The film's script was written by Javed Akhtar (Farhan's father). For the moment, he also penned down the lyrics for a Hollywood film titled Bride and Prejudice which was a Gurinder Chadha direction in the year 2004.
    Next, Farhan directed the remake of Don; the chartbuster starring Amitabh Bachchan in 1978, and named the remake Don – The Chase Begins Again. The movie starred the King Khan- Shahrukh Khan in the lead role. Don – The Chase Begins Again released on the 20th of October in the year 2006. Even though the film turned out to be critically hammered, the film ultimately proved as an enormous success at bollywood box office, & grossed over a swooping 50 crores. The film also became the 5th biggest chartbuster for that year. Farhan's next film titled Honeymoon Travels Pvt. Limited came in the year 2007 and it was this production of Farhan's that did reasonably well at Bollywood's box office.

    The year 2007 also saw a short 12 minute directorial by Farhan Akhtar which was based & focused on the HIV stigma. The short film was titled Positive and threw light on the immense need that an HIV patient feels for the support from his family, friends and all near & dear ones. The shooting of the film was done in Mumbai, & became a part of the 'AIDS JaaGo' (i.e. AIDS Awake), which was a succession of 4 short films that were directed by big names in the industry like Vishal Bhardwaj, Santosh Sivan, Mira Nair, and finally Farhan Akhtar, in the joint initiative by Mirabai Films (Mira Nair's) and charitable organisations like Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation along with Avahan. The film starred actors like Shabana Azmi, Boman Irani, and Arjun Mathur (it was his debut as an actor).

    Much later in the year 2008 came Farhan's debut in acting with a film titled Rock On! This movie was one of the biggest hits of that year and was critically applauded as it did outstandingly well predominantly in the metro cities across the country. The film Luck By Chance was Farhan's sister's (Zoya Akhtar) debut as a director and the film saw Farhan in the lead role. In the year 2010 came yet another piece of work from Farhan in the film Karthik Calling Karthik which received a decent critical review from all over. The plot of the movie was rather interesting and the film did somewhat average at the box office.
    2010 was to see 2 more films with Farhan Akhtar, namely Gulel and then Dhruv. Gulel was to be the only film that Farhan did not produce but still chose to act in. Nevertheless, there have been rumors & it is reported that the film Dhruv has been delayed because Farhan wished to finish filming for his film Don 2. Another smashing hit came in july of 2011 when farhan's film Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara released on the 15th of July 2011. Actors Abhay Deol & Hrithik Roshan are co-stars of Farhan's in the movie.
    Farhan made his debut in singing with the film Rock On!! where the majority of tracks were sung by Farhan himself. The most popular track was "zindagi na milegi doobara" & it is believed that the film Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara got its name hence! There's a song in the movie Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara titled 'senorita' where all three actors have sung in their own voices!!! Farhan was also expected to do a track for the film Blue, which had A. R. Rahman's music, but he couldn't do so because he was caught up with his film Kartik Calling Karthik.
    Farhan's also appeared on a few TV shows as the judge, to name a few, there was the 1st season for the dance & reality show titled Nach Baliye (in the year 2005), then came a beauty pageant, which was Femina Miss India (in the year 2002). Farhan's also featured on NDTV Imagine as the host for the TV show titled Oye! It's Friday!
    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.[16] It was shot over a period of three months in Sydney, Goa and Mumbai.[17] Due to its acclaim, he called it a "turning point" in his career.[18] The film dealt with the lives of westernized 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.[19]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.[20] However, it received international critical acclaim and attained an iconic status, with Akhtar receiving credit for starting a "new wave" in Indian cinema.[21] 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."[22] 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.[23] It was also screened at the International Film Festival of India,[24] the Palm Springs International Film Festival,[25] and the Austin Film Festival.[26] 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.[27]
    Akhtar's next project was Lakshya (2004), a film about an aimless youngster finally setting a goal for himself, starring Hrithik Roshan and Preity Zinta. It was shot in Ladakh, Dehra Dun and Mumbai, and marked the beginning of the collaborations between Akhtar and Hrithik.[28] He had to research the army before writing the script and directing the venture.[29] The theme of the film, as stated by Akhtar, was about "finding oneself". He also believed that if the same characters and situation were set elsewhere, the main core of the story would remain the same as the film was not about war, as it had been reported.[28] Post-release, the film failed to make a mark at the box office and became a commercial failure.[30] Parul Gupta of The Times of India gave it a negative review and explained that "It's hard to reconcile to such triviality when it comes from Farhan Akhtar, considered the ultimate symbol of cool in Hindi filmdom."[31] On the contrary, Manish Gajjar from BBC wrote, in his positive review, "Young Farhan Akhtar, proves yet again that he is one of the finiest directors Bollywood has to date. He has paid full attention to the script and the technical aspects, giving rise to a polished product".[32]
    Meanwhile, Akhtar wrote the English lyrics of Gurinder Chadha's Hollywood film, Bride and Prejudice (2004) along with his sister, Zoya Akhtar after being recommended by his father.[33] The music for the film was composed by Anu Malik and consisted of a mixture of Hindi songs, West side story, Fiddler on the Roof and Grease.[34]
    In 2006, Akhtar directed, produced and wrote the screenplay of Don starring Shahrukh Khan in the title role, a remake of the 1978 film Don, starring Amitabh Bachchan.[35] It marked his first project holding the status of a remake. The character of Don became iconic and popular. Despite so, he noted that he did not mean to be a "torchbearer of the remake brigade" and did not feel comfortable with being credited for the trend of remakes in the film industry.[36] The film released on 20 October 2006 and was declared as a "hit" at the box office, grossing around 105 crore worldwide.[37] It became widely known for its dialogues.[38] However, critics predominantly condemned Akhtar's direction and screenplay. Taran Adarsh of Bollywood Hungama said Akhtar had "climbed the ladder as far as craftsmanship is concerned [every frame is well decorated and makes a spellbinding impact] but despite a readymade classic at his disposal, the storyteller just doesn't get it right this time."[39]
    In 2007, Akhtar produced the film Honeymoon Travels Pvt. Ltd., directed by debutant Reema Kagti and starring Abhay Deol, Minissha Lamba, Shabana Azmi and Boman Irani. The music for the film was composed by Vishal-Shekhar, marking their first collaboration with him.[40] Akhtar was supposed to make his acting debut with the project, but he had to be replaced by Abhay Deol as he was involved with Don.[41] The film was financed and funded by Exim Bank.[42] This was the first time Excel Entertainment collaborated with a different director as all their previous projects had been involving Farhan as a director. The story of the film revolved around six couples who went to Goa on a honeymoon.[43] The film opened up on 23 February and received mixed reviews from critics,[44] and ended up with an 'average' box office result.[45]
    In the same year, Akhtar directed Positive, a film produced by Shernaz Italia and Frenzy Kodaiji, starring Boman Irani and Shabana Azmi.[46] It was a documentary running for 12 minutes. Dealing with a family's attitude towards a person suffering from HIV-AIDS, the film was shot in Mumbai and aimed at creating awareness about the problem. It also introduced Arjun Mathur in the film industry. Speaking about the purpose of the project, Akhtar stated that "Just as a social stigma, many people believe that an HIV patient should be isolated. They also have certain misconceptions about dealing with the disease. And since India has a lot of joint families; it becomes very important for them to understand the value of support to the person who has acquired this disease. This is exactly what Positive talks about." The film had its background score composed by Ram Sampath but no soundtrack.[47] It was a part of the 'AIDS JaaGo' ('AIDS Awake'), a series of four short films, directed by Mira Nair, Santosh Sivan, Vishal Bhardwaj and himself, in a joint initiative of Mira Nair's Mirabai Films, voluntary organisations Avahan and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.[48]
    Acting and singing
    In 2008, Akhtar made his acting and singing debut in a musical film titled Rock On!!, for which he wrote the dialogues and also produced. The film was directed by Abhishek Kapoor. Prachi Desai,Arjun Rampal and Purab Kohli co-starred along with him.[49] As he had been learning guitar ever since the start of his directing career, he had been well-versed with it and used it for the film. The role played by him was that of Aditya, the main member of a rock band. He sang five songs from the soundtrack album.[50] The film was acclaimed by critics and received positive reviews upon release. Gaurav Malani of The Economic Times wrote that the film seemed to be "clearly designed by Farhan Akhar as his own acting debut and he doesn't let himself down. Lending voice to all his songs helps him to get into his character with effortless ease. One could certainly overlook the lisp in his dialogue delivery."[51] Manish Gajjar of BBC wrote of his performance: "Director-turned-actor, Farhan Aktar surprises all with his superb, flawless performance, transforming from a hippy-style lead-singer to a subdued, dismal workaholic banker." [52] Akhtar received several accolades for his debut performance. The film, in addition won the National Award for Best Feature Film in Hindi. However, it did not create an impact at the box office and turned out to be an 'average' grosser.[53]
    After refusing an offer to sing a song for A. R. Rahman's album Blue,[54] Akhtar acted in, and produced his sister Zoya's directorial and written debut, Luck By Chance which had Hrithik Roshanand Konkona Sen Sharma in the lead roles.[55] He was cast in the film after being deemed as a "perfect choice" for it.[41] The story of the film revolved around a struggling actor who arrives in Mumbai to become a film star. It was released on 30 January 2009.[56] Though failing to do well at the box office and being declared as a "flop", the film received generally positive reviews from critics.[57] Neil Genzlinger from The New York Times said: "It is Mr. Akhtar whose understated performance holds together this far-ranging, cameo-filled film. He manages to remain sympathetic even while wreaking romantic havoc."[58] Rajeev Masand noted: "Farhan Akhtar delivers a simple-enough likeable performance that is just what the film required — no showy flourishes, no loud outbursts, just a straight off spontaneous act that works like a dream."[59]
    Following Luck By Chance, Akhtar acted in a project titled The Fakir of Venice, which was initially scheduled to release before Rock on!! and was supposed to be his acting debut. Due to several delays, it was released in mid-2009. It was written and directed by Anand Surapur, and accepted by Akhtar after he described its script as "very powerful", while emphasizing that it "touches upon weaknesses and confusions in all human beings."[60] Before release, it premiered at the Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles,[61] and the Venice Film Festival at the ArcLight Hollywood.[62] Kirk Honeycutt of The Hollywood Reporter praised the film and felt that "Akhtar, a producer, director and writer making his film debut here as an actor, is talented and handsome enough -- and with looks that could translate into any number of ethnicities -- to have a huge career ahead of him."[63]
    Akhtar acted in, and produced his next film, Karthik Calling Karthik (2010), a romantic thriller directed by Vijay Lalwani. He played Karthik, an introvert character,[64] starring alongside Deepika Padukone for the first time.[65] Preparation for the role involved working on the Rubik's Cube, which he learnt from the director.[66] The film received mixed reviews and praise for Akhtar's acting from critics, with Sukanya Verma highlighting that "He conveys the anxiety, simplicity and frailty of Karthik even when the script isn't doing it for him. Perhaps it's his innate filmmaker instinct."[67]The film had a good opening at the box office, as it was targeted towards the youth of the multiplexes.[68] However, it failed to continue on its business and went on to become a 'below average' grosser.[69]
    Akhtar's first project in 2011 was the drama thriller Game, directed by Abhinay Deo. The lead cast consisted of Abhishek Bachchan, Kangna Ranaut, Boman Irani and Jimmy Shergill. Akhtar wrote the dialogues and produced the venture.[70] The film received highly negative reviews after release, with critics panning almost all the aspects of it.[71] At the box office, it had a poor opening, and later resulted in giving losses for the distributors, due to a heavily negative word-of-mouth. It was described as a "washout" by trade analysts.[72]
    Akhtar produced and appeared as one of the three leads in his sister, Zoya Akhtar's coming-of-the-age film Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara along with Hrithik Roshan and Abhay Deol, starring oppositeAriadna Cabrol. He was also credited as the dialogue writer for the film.[73] He was the first actor to be cast in the film,[74] and described his role as a "fun character" and a "guy who for the longest time takes nothing seriously."[75] He essayed a youth named Imraan, a copy writer working for an advertising firm in Delhi who goes to Spain to find his biological father who he had never met. His father, Javed Akhtar created his voice-over as poetry in the film.[76] His performance was favourably received by critics, with Shaikh Ayaz of Rediff highlighting his dialogues as "gentle, they won't make you ROFL; they are more like tender dig in the ribs."[77] Kaveree Bamzai of India Today called his acting as "sensitive, soulful", further saying that he was "perfectly capable of reading out his father's poetry."[78] The film made 153 crore worldwide and was declared as a commercial success at the box office.[79] It also became one of the highest grossing Bollywood films overseas, earning around US$7.25 million.[80] It won two National Awards, for the Best Choreography and Best Audiography.[81]
    Later that year, he wrote, produced and directed Don 2, a sequel to his 2006 Don. It marked Akhtar's return to direction after a gap of nearly 5 years. His decision of making a sequel was explained by him in an interview, "I am wary of sequels having to be made. With Don 2 I could finally make an action thriller the way I wanted to. Good story, classic action and simple plot which has one goal and work towards it effectively and dramatically."[82] The film was a major success in India and went on to become the year's highest-grossing Bollywood production abroad[83] with a worldwide gross of 210 crore.[84] However, it received mixed reviews from critics,[85] with Khalid Mohammed stating, "Throughout, you can't help feeling that Farhan Akhtar could have made three far more valuable films out of the budget squandered on this thriller where cars are smashed as if they were tea cups."[86]
    Following Don 2, Akhtar was signed up for the biopic Bhaag Milkha Bhaag, directed by Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra. He essays the role of Milkha Singh. For his role, he had to undergo a training phase at the gym and study the character of Milkha Singh by researching his body language.[87] He also had to prepare his looks to depict a 17-year-old army recruit and endure an on-the-spot preparation at an army cantonment.[88] In the meanwhile, Akhtar has also been contracted for the romantic comedy Shaadi Ke Side Effects alongside Vidya Balan, a film to be directed by Saket Chaudhary and produced by Pritish Nandy. It is a sequel to Pyaar Ke Side Effects, which had Rahul Bose and Mallika Sherawat in the lead roles.[89]
    [edit]Non-film work
    Akhtar appeared as one of the nine judges in the beauty pageant, Femina Miss India (2002).[90] He was the judge on the first season of the dance-reality show, Nach Baliye (2005). He hosted a TV show on NDTV Imagine, called Oye! It's Friday! in the same year.[91] He has endorsed several brands as a part of his career, especially after the release of ZNMD. These include Hindustan Unilever's water purifier product titled Pureit, Vijay Mallya's alcohol firm United Spirits, and watchmaker Titan Industries. His endorsements are managed by Atul Kasbekar.[92]

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