Farhan Akhtar

Farhan Akhtar is an Indian film director, screenwriter, producer, actor, playback singer and television host. Born in Mumbai to screenwriters Javed Akhtar and Honey Irani, he 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 Himalay Putra (1997). 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. The film also won a National award. Following it, he made Lakshya (2004) and had his Hollywood debut through the soundtrack of Bride 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.

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Dil Chahta Hai (2001)

Three inseparable childhood friends are just out of college. Nothing comes between them - until they each fall in love, and their wildly different approaches to relationships creates tension.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Farhan Akhtar
CAST:  Aamir Khan  •  Saif Ali Khan  •  Akshaye Khanna  •  Preity Zinta

Three inseparable childhood friends are just out of college. Nothing comes between them - until they each fall in love, and their wildly different approaches to relationships creates tension.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Farhan Akhtar
CAST:  Aamir Khan  •  Saif Ali Khan  •  Akshaye Khanna  •  Preity Zinta

Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara (2011)

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Three friends who were inseparable in childhood decide to go on a three-week-long bachelor road trip to Spain, in order to re-establish their bond and explore thrilling adventures, before one of them gets married. What will they learn of themselves and each other ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Zoya Akhtar
CAST:  Hrithik Roshan  •  Farhan Akhtar  •  Abhay Deol  •  Katrina Kaif

Three friends who were inseparable in childhood decide to go on a three-week-long bachelor road trip to Spain, in order to re-establish their bond and explore thrilling adventures, before one of them gets married. What will they learn of themselves and each other ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Zoya Akhtar
CAST:  Hrithik Roshan  •  Farhan Akhtar  •  Abhay Deol  •  Katrina Kaif

Don (2006)

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DCP DeSilva sees a way to bring to justice the feared head of a criminal empire by recruiting a man named Vijay, who looks exactly like the crime boss. The ruse works too well, and soon Vijay finds his life in danger when DeSilva, the only one who knows his true ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Farhan Akhtar
CAST:  Shah Rukh Khan  •  Priyanka Chopra Jonas  •  Arjun Rampal  •  Isha Koppikar

DCP DeSilva sees a way to bring to justice the feared head of a criminal empire by recruiting a man named Vijay, who looks exactly like the crime boss. The ruse works too well, and soon Vijay finds his life in danger when DeSilva, the only one who knows his true ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Farhan Akhtar
CAST:  Shah Rukh Khan  •  Priyanka Chopra Jonas  •  Arjun Rampal  •  Isha Koppikar

Lakshya (2004)

An aimless, jobless, irresponsible grown man joins the army and matures into a battlefield hero.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Farhan Akhtar
CAST:  Amitabh Bachchan  •  Hrithik Roshan  •  Preity Zinta  •  Sushant Singh

An aimless, jobless, irresponsible grown man joins the army and matures into a battlefield hero.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Farhan Akhtar
CAST:  Amitabh Bachchan  •  Hrithik Roshan  •  Preity Zinta  •  Sushant Singh

Bombay Talkies (2013)

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One hundred years of Hindi cinema is celebrated in four short stories showcasing the power of film.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Anurag Kashyap  •  Dibakar Banerjee  •  Zoya Akhtar  •  Karan Johar
CAST:  Aamir Khan  •  Rani Mukerji  •  Randeep Hooda  •  Saqib Saleem

One hundred years of Hindi cinema is celebrated in four short stories showcasing the power of film.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Anurag Kashyap  •  Dibakar Banerjee  •  Zoya Akhtar  •  Karan Johar
CAST:  Aamir Khan  •  Rani Mukerji  •  Randeep Hooda  •  Saqib Saleem

Shaadi Ke Side Effects (2014)

An easy-going man ensures that the spark in his marriage stays strong by always apologizing and opting for the path of least conflict in his relationship. When his wife becomes pregnant and wishes to have the baby, he does not offer resistance, but is also not ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Saket Chaudhary
CAST:  Farhan Akhtar  •  Vidya Balan  •  Vir Das  •  Ram Kapoor

An easy-going man ensures that the spark in his marriage stays strong by always apologizing and opting for the path of least conflict in his relationship. When his wife becomes pregnant and wishes to have the baby, he does not offer resistance, but is also not ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Saket Chaudhary
CAST:  Farhan Akhtar  •  Vidya Balan  •  Vir Das  •  Ram Kapoor

Rock On 2 (2016)

The musical drama is a sequel to the 2008 blockbuster 'Rock On' that tells the story of four friends and their passion for music. This time around, the film centers around the regional conflict prevailing in the North Eastern states of India.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Shujaat Saudagar
CAST:  Farhan Akhtar  •  Arjun Rampal  •  Prachi Desai  •  Shahana Goswami

The musical drama is a sequel to the 2008 blockbuster 'Rock On' that tells the story of four friends and their passion for music. This time around, the film centers around the regional conflict prevailing in the North Eastern states of India.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Shujaat Saudagar
CAST:  Farhan Akhtar  •  Arjun Rampal  •  Prachi Desai  •  Shahana Goswami

Bhaag Milkha Bhaag (2013)

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The true story of the "Flying Sikh" world champion runner and Olympian Milkha Singh who overcame the massacre of his family, civil war during the India-Pakistan partition, and homelessness to become one of India's most iconic athletes.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra
CAST:  Farhan Akhtar  •  Sonam Kapoor  •  Divya Dutta  •  Pavan Malhotra

The true story of the "Flying Sikh" world champion runner and Olympian Milkha Singh who overcame the massacre of his family, civil war during the India-Pakistan partition, and homelessness to become one of India's most iconic athletes.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra
CAST:  Farhan Akhtar  •  Sonam Kapoor  •  Divya Dutta  •  Pavan Malhotra

The Fakir of Venice (2019)

Adi Merchant, a hustler from Mumbai is hired by a Venetian artist to find a fakir for an art installation in Venice. He cons the art fraternity and hires a daily wage labourer Sattar instead and the two have the most unique time of their lives in the picturesque ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Anand Surapur
CAST:  Farhan Akhtar  •  Annu Kapoor  •  Kamal Sidhu  •  Valentina Carnelutti

Adi Merchant, a hustler from Mumbai is hired by a Venetian artist to find a fakir for an art installation in Venice. He cons the art fraternity and hires a daily wage labourer Sattar instead and the two have the most unique time of their lives in the picturesque ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Anand Surapur
CAST:  Farhan Akhtar  •  Annu Kapoor  •  Kamal Sidhu  •  Valentina Carnelutti

Karthik Calling Karthik (2010)

A much abused loner achieves success, and even wins the heart of his gorgeous co-worker, after getting early morning mysterious phone calls from someone.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Vijay Lalwani
CAST:  Farhan Akhtar  •  Deepika Padukone  •  Ram Kapoor  •  Vivan Bhatena

A much abused loner achieves success, and even wins the heart of his gorgeous co-worker, after getting early morning mysterious phone calls from someone.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Vijay Lalwani
CAST:  Farhan Akhtar  •  Deepika Padukone  •  Ram Kapoor  •  Vivan Bhatena

Rock On!! (2008)

Aditya, Joe, Kedar and Rob form a rock band, but break up after they fail to make a success of it. They establish regular lives until they decide to reunite and take another shot at fulfilling their dreams.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Abhishek Kapoor
CAST:  Farhan Akhtar  •  Arjun Rampal  •  Purab Kohli  •  Luke Kenny

Aditya, Joe, Kedar and Rob form a rock band, but break up after they fail to make a success of it. They establish regular lives until they decide to reunite and take another shot at fulfilling their dreams.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Abhishek Kapoor
CAST:  Farhan Akhtar  •  Arjun Rampal  •  Purab Kohli  •  Luke Kenny

Don 2 (2011)

Having conquered the Asian underworld, crime boss Don sets in motion a plan that will give him dominion over Europe.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Farhan Akhtar
CAST:  Shah Rukh Khan  •  Priyanka Chopra Jonas  •  Boman Irani  •  Lara Dutta

Having conquered the Asian underworld, crime boss Don sets in motion a plan that will give him dominion over Europe.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Farhan Akhtar
CAST:  Shah Rukh Khan  •  Priyanka Chopra Jonas  •  Boman Irani  •  Lara Dutta

Positive (2007)

Years ago, when Abhijit was a boy, he learned his father was involved in extramarital relationships. He kept it secret for several years, until tension rose too high and he left for Cape Town. Time passes and Abhijit is called by his mother. His father had ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Farhan Akhtar
CAST:  Shabana Azmi  •  Boman Irani  •  Arjun Mathur

Years ago, when Abhijit was a boy, he learned his father was involved in extramarital relationships. He kept it secret for several years, until tension rose too high and he left for Cape Town. Time passes and Abhijit is called by his mother. His father had ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Farhan Akhtar
CAST:  Shabana Azmi  •  Boman Irani  •  Arjun Mathur

Luck by Chance (2009)

Not wanting the same fate as befell her sisters, Sona Mishra re-locates to Mumbai to try to make a living making movies, but she soon finds that the path she has chosen is not an easy one.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Zoya Akhtar
CAST:  Farhan Akhtar  •  Konkona Sen Sharma  •  Hrithik Roshan  •  Rishi Kapoor

Not wanting the same fate as befell her sisters, Sona Mishra re-locates to Mumbai to try to make a living making movies, but she soon finds that the path she has chosen is not an easy one.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Zoya Akhtar
CAST:  Farhan Akhtar  •  Konkona Sen Sharma  •  Hrithik Roshan  •  Rishi Kapoor

Wazir (2016)

'Wazir' is a tale of two unlikely friends, a wheelchair-bound chess grandmaster and a brave ATS officer. Brought together by grief and a strange twist of fate, the two men decide to help each other win the biggest games of their lives. But there's a mysterious, ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Bejoy Nambiar
CAST:  Amitabh Bachchan  •  Farhan Akhtar  •  Aditi Rao Hydari  •  John Abraham

'Wazir' is a tale of two unlikely friends, a wheelchair-bound chess grandmaster and a brave ATS officer. Brought together by grief and a strange twist of fate, the two men decide to help each other win the biggest games of their lives. But there's a mysterious, ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Bejoy Nambiar
CAST:  Amitabh Bachchan  •  Farhan Akhtar  •  Aditi Rao Hydari  •  John Abraham

Dil Dhadakne Do (2015)

On a cruise to celebrate their parents' 30th wedding anniversary, a brother and sister deal with the impact of family considerations on their romantic lives.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Zoya Akhtar
CAST:  Anil Kapoor  •  Priyanka Chopra Jonas  •  Shefali Shah  •  Ranveer Singh

On a cruise to celebrate their parents' 30th wedding anniversary, a brother and sister deal with the impact of family considerations on their romantic lives.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Zoya Akhtar
CAST:  Anil Kapoor  •  Priyanka Chopra Jonas  •  Shefali Shah  •  Ranveer Singh

Lucknow Central (2017)

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After being accused of murder and awaiting his death penalty, Kishen Mohan Girhotra is compelled by NGO worker Gayatri Kashyap to form a musical band of prisoners to compete at band competition held at the dreaded jail of ‘Lucknow Central’. Kishen befriends and ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ranjit Tiwari
CAST:  Farhan Akhtar  •  Diana Penty  •  Deepak Dobriyal  •  Gippy Grewal

After being accused of murder and awaiting his death penalty, Kishen Mohan Girhotra is compelled by NGO worker Gayatri Kashyap to form a musical band of prisoners to compete at band competition held at the dreaded jail of ‘Lucknow Central’. Kishen befriends and ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ranjit Tiwari
CAST:  Farhan Akhtar  •  Diana Penty  •  Deepak Dobriyal  •  Gippy Grewal

Daddy (2017)

This is the gritty and sensational true story of Arun Gulab Gawli, a mill worker’s son who grew up in Mumbai’s impoverished Dagdi Chawl, to become an infamous don, politician and chief rival of the most powerful crime boss of the day, Dawood Ibrahim. Daddy ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ashim Ahluwalia
CAST:  Arjun Rampal  •  Aishwarya Rajesh  •  Shruti Bapna  •  Nishikant Kamat

This is the gritty and sensational true story of Arun Gulab Gawli, a mill worker’s son who grew up in Mumbai’s impoverished Dagdi Chawl, to become an infamous don, politician and chief rival of the most powerful crime boss of the day, Dawood Ibrahim. Daddy ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ashim Ahluwalia
CAST:  Arjun Rampal  •  Aishwarya Rajesh  •  Shruti Bapna  •  Nishikant Kamat

The Sky Is Pink (2019)

The 25-year-old love story of a couple is told through the lens of their teenage daughter after she is diagnosed with pulmonary fibrosis.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Shonali Bose
CAST:  Priyanka Chopra Jonas  •  Zaira Wasim  •  Farhan Akhtar  •  Rohit Saraf

The 25-year-old love story of a couple is told through the lens of their teenage daughter after she is diagnosed with pulmonary fibrosis.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Shonali Bose
CAST:  Priyanka Chopra Jonas  •  Zaira Wasim  •  Farhan Akhtar  •  Rohit Saraf

Toofaan (2021)

An inspiring story about an orphan boy from the streets of Dongri, who grows up to become a local goon of his area and how his life changes after he meets the young and compassionate Ananya, who guides him towards the right path and makes him realize his true ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra
CAST:  Farhan Akhtar  •  Mrunal Thakur  •  Vijay Raaz  •  Paresh Rawal

An inspiring story about an orphan boy from the streets of Dongri, who grows up to become a local goon of his area and how his life changes after he meets the young and compassionate Ananya, who guides him towards the right path and makes him realize his true ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra
CAST:  Farhan Akhtar  •  Mrunal Thakur  •  Vijay Raaz  •  Paresh Rawal
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