Farhan Akhtar

Born in 1974 to prolific Indian film writer and poet, Javed Akhtar and writer-director, Honey Irani, Farhan grew up in an environment where creativity and originality of thought were encouraged.

Farhan teamed up with Ritesh Sidhwani in 1999, forming their company Excel Entertainment. Debuting with ‘Dil Chahta Hai’ (2001), a film that would affect a generation of filmmakers to come, Farhan was lauded for his honest, path-breaking writing and extracting mature performances from the cast. He was bestowed the prestigious National Award for ‘Best Hindi Feature Film’ and Filmfare Awards for ‘Best Feature Film – Critics’ Choice’ and ‘Best Screenplay’.

In 2008, he debuted as an actor/singer in ‘Rock On!!’ The film won him a second National Award for ‘Best Hindi Feature Film’ and a Filmfare award for ‘Best Debut Performance’.

In 2011, Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara released to popular and critical acclaim, winning him three Filmfare awards for ‘Best Film’, ‘Best Actor in a Supporting Role’ and ‘Best Dialogue’.

Now, more than a decade since his debut and in the wake of his performance in ‘Bhaag Milkha Bhaag’, which won him the Filmfare award for Best Actor, he is looked upon as a multi-talented leader of a new sensibility that has taken hold of the popular conscience of Indian Film.

In 2012, he co-founded MARD (Men against Rape & Discrimination), an initiative that raises awareness about gender related issues among the youth of India. For his sustained efforts, he was made the first male UN Women goodwill ambassador (South Asia) in 2014.

He is the lead singer of the band, FarhanLive and co-founder of FarOut Media, an Indie artiste rights management company. He is also co-owner of the Mumbai Tennis Masters franchise in the Champions Tennis League.

 As a Director

Don 2
Positive
Don
Lakshya
Dil Chahta Hai

 As an Actor

Rock On 2
Wazir
Dil Dhadakne Do
Shaadi Ke Side Effects
Bhaag Milkha Bhaag
Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara
Karthik Calling Karthik
Luck By Chance
Rock On!!
  • Apsara Award for Best Actor
    2014 | Bhaag Milkha Bhaag
  • IIFA Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role
    2014 | Bhaag Milkha Bhaag
  • Filmfare Award for Best Actor
    2014 | Bhaag Milkha Bhaag
  • IBNLive Movie Award for Best Actor
    2014 | Bhaag Milkha Bhaag
  • Screen Weekly Award for Best Actor
    2014 | Bhaag Milkha Bhaag
  • Zee Cine Award for Best Actor
    2014 | Bhaag Milkha Bhaag
  • BIG Star Entertainment Award for Most Entertaining Film Actor (Male)
    2013 | Bhaag Milkha Bhaag
  • IIFA Award for Best Picture
    2012 | Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara
  • IIFA Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role
    2012 | Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara
  • Filmfare Award for Best Dialogue
    2012 | Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara
  • Filmfare Award for Best Film
    2012 | Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara
  • Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actor
    2012 | Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara
  • IIFA Award for Best Male Debut
    2009 | Rock On!!
  • Filmfare Awards for Best Newcomer - Male
    2009 | Rock On!!
  • Neuchâtel International Fantasy Film Festival Award for Best Asian Movie
    2007 | Don
  • IIFA Award for Best Screenplay
    2007 | Don
  • IIFA Award for Best Screenplay
    2002 | Kya Kehna
  • Filmfare Award for Best Screenplay
    2002 | Dil Chahta Hai
  • Filmfare Award for Best Film by Critics
    2002 | Dil Chahta Hai
  • National Film Award for Best Regional Film (Hindi)
    2002 | Dil Chahta Hai
  • Screen Weekly Award for Best Dialogue
    2002 | Dil Chahta Hai
  • Zee Cine Awards for Best Debut Director
    2002 | Dil Chahta Hai