The Multi-talented Bollywood Actor Farhan Akhtar who taught people to “Rock & Roam” around the world turns 45 today. He was born in Mumbai to screenwriters Javed Akhtar and Honey Irani. Farhan Akhtar grew up under the influence of the Hindi film industry. He began his career in Bollywood by working as an assistant director in Lamhe (1991) and Himalaya Putra (1997).
He is a versatile actor in Bollywood. He is the true definition of ‘one head with many hats’. Farhan Akhtar is a director, producer, actor and a singer too.
Soon, Farhan Akhtar will be seen in “The Sky Is Pink” movie which stars Priyanka Chopra, Zara Wassim and Rohit Saraf. Meanwhile, Gully Boy, a film that he co-wrote and directed by his sister Zoya Akhtar will also hit the theatres soon. Farhan Akhtar made an entry into Bollywood in 2008 with the movie Rock On and inspired several youngsters to play instruments and form a band.
Farhan Akhtar, after establishing a production company named Excel Entertainment along with Ritesh Sidhwani, made his directorial debut with Dil Chahta Hai (2001) and received critical acclaim for portraying modern youth. Following it, he made Lakshya (2004) and had his Hollywood debut through the soundtrack of Pride and Prejudice (2004), for which he wrote the lyrics.
He went on to make the commercially successful Don (2006). He directed a short film titled Positive (2007), to spread awareness on HIV-AIDS. In 2009 he wrote the dialogues, produced and acted for Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara. In the same year, he also directed Don 2 which remains his highest-grossing film till date.
In 2013 Farhan Akhtar played the role of Milkha Singh in Bhaag Milkha Bhaag and the movie ended up being a super hit at the box office. In 2016, Farhan Akhtar received praise for starring in the crime thriller Wazir and the comedy-drama Dil Dhakadne Do.
Farhan Akhtar is honoured with awards like National Film Award, IIFA Award, Stardust Award, Screen Dust Award, Zee Cine Award and many more.