Today is Farhaan Akhtar’s 45th birthday. Most people know him as a movie director, screenplay writer, actor, playback singer, movie producer and television host. Mumbai-born Farhaan Akhtar has Bollywood family background with his father being the lyricist and film writer Javed Akhtar and mother being a child actor in her time and film writer. He has assisted the director for Lamhe (1991) and Himalay Putra (1997), in the beginning of his career.
Farhaan Akhtar established a movie production company Excel Entertainment with Ritesh Sidhwani and debuted as a director with Dil Chahta Hai (2001). He received several accolades for this work and the movie bagged a National Award. His Lakshya (2004) followed his lyrical contribution to the Hollywood venture Bride and Prejudice (2004). He also made the hit action flick Don (2006). The next year saw him making the short movie spreading awareness on HIV and AIDS called Positive (2007).
He was initially introduced as an actor The Fakir of Venice (2009), but Rock on!! (2008) became his official debut movie because the Indian release of the previous movie was delayed till 2017. The 2008 movie gave him another national award for the Best Feature Film in Hindi as a producer. Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara (2011) gave him accolades from the critics and the masses alike. He directed Don 2 (2011), which turned out to be the biggest hit that he has given till now. He played the Flying Sikh Milkha Singh in Bhaag Milkha Bhaag (2013) to earn the Best Actor Award from Filmfare. The crime thriller Wazir (2016) and the dramedy Dil Dhadakne Do (2015) further consolidated his position as a Bollywood actor.
Listen to some Bollywood’s Gallan goodiyan about Farhaan Akhtar:
Dil chahta hai… Dil Chahta Hai (2001) director
Toh zinda ho tum… Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara (2011) dialogue writer-producer-actor
Dil dhadakne do… Dil Dhadakne Do (2015) actor-singer
Aasman hai neela kyon… Rock On!! (2008) singer
Senorita… Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara (2011) actor-singer
Gallan goodiyan… Dil Dhadakne Do (2015) actor-singer
You know what I mean… Rock On!! 2 (2016) actor-singer