Zoya Akhtar

Born in Mumbai on 14th October 1972, Zoya Akhtar hails from one of the most talented film families in the country. After completing a diploma in filmmaking from NYU, she assisted directors like Mira Nair, Tony Gerber, and Dev Benegal, before turning Writer-Director in her own right.

She has directed movies like the critically acclaimed Luck By Chance (2009), Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara (2011) and Sheila Ki Jawani as part of Bombay Talkies (2013). She has co-written Talaash (2012) alongside Reema Kagti. Her signature style brings together creativity, sensitivity and individuality to create a one-of-a-kind cinematic experience which resonates with all ages.

She then went on to direct Dil Dhadakne Do (2015), a film based on a dysfunctional Punjabi family.

After Dil Dhadakne Do, Zoya Akhtar’s next directorial venture titled Gully Boy released on 14th February 2019. The film is about a 22-year-old Muslim kid from a ghetto in Bombay. The boy is a rapper, and the story is his journey from realizing his love for rap, to chasing his dream, and to inadvertently transcending his class. After Gully Boy’s success, her next venture in collaboration with Reema Kagti, Nitya Mehra and Alankrita Shrivastava titled Made in Heaven for Amazon Prime released on 8th March 2019 and was very well received globally.

 

 As a Director

Luck By Chance
Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara
Bombay Talkies
Dil Dhadakne Do
Lust Stories
Gully Boy
Made In Heaven
  • FILMFARE Award for Best Film
    GULLY BOY
  • Star screen Awards for Best Film
    GULLY BOY
  • Zee Cine Awards for Viewers choice Best Film
    GULLY BOY
  • Best Film at Indian Film Festival of Melbourne (IFFM)
    GULLY BOY
  • Critics Choice Awards for Best Film
    GULLY BOY
  • Zee Cine Awards for Best Director
    GULLY BOY
  • Star Screens Awards for Best Director
    GULLY BOY
  • FILMFARE Awards for Best Director
    GULLY BOY
  • FILMFARE Awards for Best Screenplay
    GULLY BOY
  • FILMFARE Awards for Best Music
    GULLY BOY
  • Critics Choice Awards for Best Director
    GULLY BOY
  • FILMFARE Awards for Best Director
    Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara
  • FILMFARE Awards for Best Film (Critics)
    Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara
  • International Indian Film Academy Awards for Best Director
    Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara
  • International Indian Film Academy Awards for Best Story
    Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara
  • International Indian Film Academy Awards for Best Screenplay
    Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara
  • Star Guild Awards for Best Director
    Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara
  • Star Guild Awards for Best Screenplay
    Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara
  • Star Guild Awards for Best Story
    Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara
  • Zee Cine Awards for Best Story
    Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara
  • FILMFARE Award for Best Debut Director
    Luck By Chance
  • MTV IWM BUZZ Awards for Best Story
    Made In Heaven
  • Dadasaheb Phalke Awards for Best Director
    Made In Heaven