Famous lyricist Javed Akhtar’s son Farhan Akhtar and daughter Zoya Akhtar are both associated with Bollywood. Farhan Akhtar is not only an actor but also a screenwriter, film producer, director, lyricist and playback singer. While Zoya is a film director.
After working as a trainee director with cameraman and director Manmohan Singh, Farhan Akhtar worked as an assistant to director Pankaj Parashar in the 1997 film ‘Himalaya Putra’. Then started his own television production house. The blockbuster of 2001 was “Dil Chahta Hai”. Farhan Akhtar made his directorial debut, which he produced with Ritesh Sidhwani under the banner of “Excel Entertainment Pvt Ltd”. The film, a story of three friends, starred Aamir Khan, Saif Ali Khan and Akshaye Khanna. The film was well received by the younger generation. The film received several nominations at various award ceremonies including Best Screenplay, Direction and Film . The film also won that year’s National Film Award for Best Hindi Film. He then produced and directed Lakshya, a film about aimless youth with a patriotic flame in 2004, which was a relative success at the box office. It did not happen. The script of this film was written by his father Javed Akhtar. Meanwhile, Farhan also wrote songs for Gurinder Chadha’s 2004 Hollywood film Bride and Prejudice. In 2006, Shah Rukh Khan was cast in the lead role of “Dawn: The Chase Wiggins Again”, a remake of the 1978 Amitabh Bachchan film Don. The film was released on 20 October 2006 and was a huge success at the box office. It did a business of over Rs 50 crore, as well as being the fifth biggest hit of the year. In 2007, he produced the film Honeymoon Travels Pvt Ltd, which did well at the box office.
In 2007, he directed the 12-minute short film “Positive” on the need for empathy for family members with HIV. It was shot in Mumbai and was a part of ‘Ads Jaago Re’ series of four short films, directed by Mira Nair, Santosh Sivan, Vishal Bhardwaj and Farhan Akhtar. The series was the result of a joint initiative of Mirabai Films, voluntary organization Avahan and Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The film starred Boman Irani, Shabana Azmi and a newcomer Arjun Mathur. In 2011, he directed “Don 2”. are.
Yes! In 2008, Farhan Akhtar made his acting debut with the production of the film “Rock On”. Played the lead role in ‘Luck By Chance’. This is followed by ‘Karthik Kaling Karthik’, ‘Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara’, ‘Bhaag Milkha Bhaag’, ‘Shaadi Ke Side Effects’, ‘Dil Dhadakne Do’, ‘Wazir’, ‘The Sky is the Pink’, ‘Lucknow Central’. And made a different place by acting in films like ‘Toofan’. Apart from films, producers are waving their name by making web series.
She made her singing debut with the movie “Rock On”. Then she did playback singing in films like “Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara”, “Shaadi Ke Side Effects”, “Dil Dhadakne Do”, “Rock On 2”. Has also hosted Farhan Akhtar. People consider Farhan Akhtar as an all-rounder person and artist.
Farhan Akhtar’s sister Zoya Akhtar is counted among the best contemporary directors. Zoya Akhtar made her directorial debut in 2009 by writing and directing the film “Luck By Chance”, following in the footsteps of her brother Farhan. He continued his success by directing ‘Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara’, ‘Bombay Talkies’, ‘Dil Dhadakne Do’, ‘Lust Stories’, ‘Gully Boy’, ‘Made in Heaven’, ‘Ghost Stories’. Some awards also came in his bag for the film.
Overall, Farhan Akhtar and Zoya Akhtar are one such brother-sister duo in Bollywood, who are almost garnering equal success and fame.