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’.


Seven years later 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. Farhan has taken his passion for innovation a notch higher, by setting up an exclusive division in Excel to create original content for various digital platforms under Excel Media, which can transcend geographical boundaries and reach larger audiences.


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 UNwomen 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 Vijay Amritraj founded Champions Tennis League.



  • Dil Chahta Hai (2001) – Writer, Producer & Director
  • Lakshya (2004) – Producer & Director
  • Don (2006) – Writer, Producer & Director
  • Honey Moon Travels (2007) – Producer
  • Positive (2007) – Writer, Producer & Director
  • Rock On (2008) – Actor, Dialogue Writer & Producer
  • Luck By Chance (2009) – Actor & Producer
  • Karthik Calling Karthik (2010) – Actor & Producer
  • Game (2011) – Dialogue writer & Producer
  • Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara (2011) – Actor, Dialogue Writer & Producer
  • Don 2 (2011) – Director, Dialogue Writer & Producer
  • Talaash (2012) – Dialogue Writer & Producer
  • Fukrey (2013) – Producer
  • Bhaag Milkha Bhaag (2013) – Actor
  • Shaadi ke Side Effects (2014) – Actor
  • Dil Dhadakne Do (2015) – Actor, Dialogue Writer & Producer
  • Bangistan (2015) – Producer
  • Wazir (2016) – Actor
  • Baar Baar Dekho (2016) – Producer
  • ROCKON2 (2016) – Actor & Producer
  • Raees (2017)  – Producer
  • Inside Edge (2017) – Executive Producer
  • Lucknow Central – Actor
  • Fukrey Returns (2017) – Producer
  • 3 Storeys (2018)  – Producer
  • Gold (2018) – Producer
  • Made In Heaven (webseries) -To be released
  • Mirzapur (webseries) -To be released
  • Gully Boy (2019) – To be released – Producer