Farhan Akhtar  Height Weight Age Body Statistics Biography

Farhan Akhtar (born 9 January 1974) is an Indian actor, director, screenwriter, dialogue writer, playback singer, lyricist, producer and television host who works in Hindi films. Born in Mumbai to screenwriters Javed Akhtar and Honey Irani, he grew up under the influence of the Indian film industry.

Akhtar, after establishing a production company named Excel Entertainment along with Ritesh Sidhwani in 1999, made his directorial debut with the coming-of-age comedy-drama Dil Chahta Hai (2001) and received widespread critical acclaim for portraying realistic modern Indian youth in the film, which won the National Award for Best Hindi Film and the Filmfare Award for Best Film (Critics). Following this, he directed the cult war film Lakshya (2004) and made his Hollywood debut through the soundtrack of Bride and Prejudice (2004), for which he and sister Zoya Akhtar served as lyricists. Next came the commercially successful Don (2006), his third directorial venture, post which he directed a short film titled Positive (2007) to spread awareness on HIV-AIDS.

Although he initiated his acting career with a delayed release in the drama The Fakir of Venice, Akhtar’s official screen debut came with the musical drama Rock On!! (2008) for which he won a second National Film Award for Best Hindi Film as producer and the Filmfare Award for Best Male Debut for his performance. He wrote the dialogues and produced for the critically and commercially successful buddy-road film Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara (2011) which won him the Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actor; the same year, he directed a sequel to Don titled Don 2 (2011), which remains his highest-grossing film till date.

Akhtar then played Milkha Singh in the biopic Bhaag Milkha Bhaag, earning him the Filmfare Award for Best Actor. Later, he received praise for starring in the ensemble family comedy-drama Dil Dhadakne Do (2015) and the crime thriller Wazir (2016). He has since headlined the dramas Lucknow Central (2017), The Sky Is Pink (2019) and Toofaan (2021).

Early and Personal life

Farhan Akhtar was born in Mumbai, the second child of screenwriters Javed Akhtar and Honey Irani. He has one elder sister, the writer–director Zoya Akhtar. He was very young when his parents divorced; his father married actress Shabana Azmi in 1984. His mother retained the family home in Bandra Bandstand and raised her children there. Akhtar studied at Maneckji Cooper School in Mumbai and then pursued a law degree at HR College, also in Mumbai. Akhtar’s father, a Muslim by birth and culture, is a socialist and has described himself as an atheist; Akhtar’s mother, born into an Irani Zoroastrian family, is indifferent to religion, and was content to let her children grow up with no religion. Akhtar has stated that he is an atheist.

Akhtar’s family hails from Khairabad in the Avadh region of present-day Uttar Pradesh, and he comes from a long lineage of Urdu poets. He is the grandson of Urdu poet Jan Nisar Akhtar and great-grandson of urdu poet Muztar Khairabadi. On his mother’s side, Akhtar is the nephew of the child actress Daisy Irani and the first cousin of choreographer Farah Khan and Sajid Khan.

Akhtar married Adhuna Bhabani in 2000, after being in a relationship with her for 3 years. They first met during the filming of his directorial debut Dil Chahta Hai, which also marked Bhabani’s debut as a Bollywood hairstylist. The couple have two daughters named Shakya and Akira. On 21 January 2016, they announced their separation after 16 years of marriage. Their divorce was finalized on 24 April 2017, with Bhabani having custody of their children. Akhtar started dating VJ Shibani Dandekar in 2018. On 19 February 2022, they got married in a non-religious ceremony at his Khandala farmhouse.

Farhan Akhtar  Height Weight Age Body Statistics Biography

NicknameBulbul (by his nanny)
Profession(s)Actor, Producer, Director, Screenwriter, Singer
Physical Stats & More
Height (approx.)in centimeters– 175 cm
in meters– 1.75 m
in feet inches– 5’ 9”
Weight (approx.)in kilograms– 70 kg
in pounds– 154 lbs
Body Measurements (approx.)– Chest: 41 inches
– Waist: 30 inches
– Biceps: 14 inches
Eye ColourDark Brown
Hair ColourBlack
DebutFilm (Director): Dil Chahta Hai (2001)

Film (Actor): Rock On!! (2008)

Film (Producer): Don (2006)
Awards, Honours, AchievementsFilmfare Awards
2002: Critics Award for Best Movie, Best Screenplay for Dil Chahta Hai
2009: Best Male Debut for Rock On!!
2012: Best Supporting Actor for Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara
2014: Best Actor for Bhaag Milkha Bhaag

National Awards
2002: Best Feature Film in Hindi for Dil Chahta Hai

2009: Best Feature Film in Hindi for Rock On!!
Personal Life
Date of Birth9 January 1974
Age (as of 2023)49 Years
BirthplaceMumbai, Maharashtra India
Zodiac sign/Sun signCapricorn
HometownLucknow, Uttar Pradesh (Settled in Mumbai)
SchoolManeckji Cooper School, Mumbai
College/UniversityH.R. College of Commerce and Economics (he was dismissed from the college in the 2nd year due to attendance shortage)
Educational QualificationHigh School
Food HabitNon-Vegetarian
AddressSea Spring Bungalow No 1, B J Road, Bandstand, Mumbai – 400050
HobbiesCollecting Gadgets, Singing
Tattoo(s)On his right shoulder: dolphin/shark
Relationships & More
Marital StatusMarried
Affairs/GirlfriendsAdhuna Bhabani (Hairstylist)
Shibani Dandekar (Actress, VJ)
Marriage Date• First Marriage– Year, 2000
• Second Marriage– 19 February 2022
Wife/Spouse• First Wife– Adhuna Bhabani (m. 2000; div. 2016)

• Second Wife– Shibani Dandekar (m. February 2022-present)
ChildrenSon: None
Daughters: Shakya & Akira
ParentsFather– Javed Akhtar (Lyricist and Scriptwriter)
Mother– Honey Irani (Actress & screenwriter, Farhan’s mother by birth), Shabana Azmi (Stepmother)

SiblingsBrother– None
Sister– Zoya Akhtar (Elder, Director & Screenwriter)
FoodHomemade food, The classic Mumbai Vada Pao, Kebabs, Mutton Biryani
Actor(s)Bollywood: Guru Dutt, Bimal Roy, Raj Kapoor, Vijay Anand
Hollywood: Robert Di Nero, Martin Scorsese, Ridley Scott, Woody Allen, Billy Wilder
DirectorAlfred Hitchcock
ActressPreity Zinta
FilmThe Wizard of Oz (1939)
SportsFootball, Tennis
Style Quotient
Cars CollectionRange Rover Red Edition, M350 CDI SUV,

Porsche Cayman,

Honda CRV
Money Factor
Salary (approx.)Rs. 10 crore/film
Net Worth (approx.)Rs. 140 Crores ($22 Million)

Non-film work

Akhtar appeared as one of the nine judges in the beauty pageant Femina Miss India (2002). He was the judge on the first season of the dance-reality show Nach Baliye (2005). He hosted a TV show on NDTV Imagine, called Oye! It’s Friday! in the same year. He has endorsed several brands as a part of his career, especially after the release of Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara. These include Hindustan Unilever‘s water purifier product titled Pureit, Chivas RegalBritannia Nutri Choice Biscuits, IndusInd BankDulux PaintTitan Industries and Crocin+2.

Men Against Rape and Discrimination, or MARD, is a social campaign launched by Akhtar. The idea came to him when, in August 2012, Pallavi Purkayastha, a lawyer by profession, was sexually assaulted and then killed by her residence’s watchman.

He is the board member of Mumbai Academy of the Moving Image


YearTitleRoleCredited asNotes
2001Dil Chahta HaiYesYesYesNational Film Award for Best Feature Film in HindiFilmfare Award for Best Film (Critics)
Filmfare Award for Best Screenplay
Nominated—Filmfare Award for Best Film
Nominated—Filmfare Award for Best Director
2004LakshyaYesNominated—Filmfare Award for Best Director
Bride and PrejudiceLyricist
2006Don – The Chase Begins AgainYesYesYesLyricistNominated—Filmfare Award for Best Film
2007Honeymoon Travels Pvt. Ltd.Yes
PositiveYesYesShort film
2008Rock On!!Aditya ShroffYesYesPlayback SingerNational Film Award for Best Feature Film in Hindi
Filmfare Award for Best Male Debut
Nominated—Filmfare Award for Best Film
2009Luck by ChanceVikram JaisinghYes
2010Karthik Calling KarthikKarthik NarayanYes
Zindagi Na Milegi DobaraImran QureshiYesYesPlayback SingerFilmfare Award for Best FilmFilmfare Award for Best Film (Critics) Filmfare Award for Best Supporting ActorFilmfare Award for Best Dialogue
Don 2 – The King Is BackYesYesYesNominated—Filmfare Award for Best Film
Nominated—Filmfare Award for Best Director
2012Talaash: The Answer Lies WithinYesYes
Bhaag Milkha BhaagSardar Milkha SinghFilmfare Award for Best Actor
2014Shaadi Ke Side EffectsSiddharth RoyPlayback Singer
2015Dil Dhadakne DoSunny GillYesYesPlayback Singer
2016WazirDanish Ali
Baar Baar DekhoYes
Rock On 2Aditya ShroffYesYesPlayback Singer
DaddyMaqsood, loosely based on Dawood IbrahimCameo appearance
Lucknow CentralKishan Mohan Girhotra
Fukrey ReturnsYes
2018Bharat Ane NenuPlayback SingerTelugu film
K.G.F: Chapter 1DistributorKannada film
2019Gully BoyYes
The Fakir of VeniceAdi
The Sky Is PinkNiren Chaudhary
2021ToofaanAziz Ali (Toofaan) aka Ajju BhaiYesYes
2022Sharmaji NamkeenYesAmazon Prime Video film
K.G.F: Chapter 2Distributor
Ms. MarvelWaleedHollywood debutDisney+ series
TBAJee Le ZaraaFilms that have not yet been releasedYesYesYesAnnounced
2023Fukrey 3Yes

Awards and Nominations

2002Kya KehnaIIFA AwardsBest ScreenplayWon
Dil Chahta HaiNational Film AwardsBest Feature Film in Hindi
Filmfare AwardsBest Film (Critics)
Best Screenplay
Best FilmNominated
Best Director
International Indian Film Academy AwardsBest Story
Best Director
Best ScreenplayWon
Screen AwardsBest Dialogue
Best DirectorNominated
Best Screenplay
Zee Cine AwardsBest Debut Director
Best StoryWon
2005LakshyaBest DirectorNominated
Filmfare AwardsBest Director
Screen AwardsBest Director
2007DonNeuchatel International Fantastic Film FestivalBest Asian FilmWon
2009Rock On!!National Film AwardsBest Feature Film in Hindi
Filmfare AwardsBest Male Debut
Best Male Playback Singer for “Socha Hai”Nominated
International Indian Film Academy AwardsBest Film
Best Male Playback Singer for “Socha Hai”
Star Debut of the Year – MaleWon
Stardust AwardsSuperstar of Tomorrow – Male
Screen AwardsMost Promising Newcomer – Male
Producers Guild Film AwardsBest FilmNominated
2010Luck By Chance
Stardust AwardsSuperstar of Tomorrow – Male
2011Karthik Calling KarthikBest Thriller/Action Film
Best Actor in A Thriller/Action
2012Zindagi Na Milegi DobaraFilmfare AwardsBest FilmWon
Best Film (Critics)
Best Supporting Actor
Best Dialogue
Screen AwardsBest Dialogue
Best Ensemble Cast (along with Hrithik RoshanAbhay DeolKatrina Kaif and Kalki Koechlin)Nominated
Asian Film AwardsBest Film
Zee Cine AwardsBest Supporting ActorWon
International Indian Film Academy AwardsBest Supporting Actor
Producers Guild Film AwardsBest Film
Best Supporting Actor
Best DialogueNominated
International Indian Film Academy AwardsBest FilmWon
Best Supporting Actor
Don 2Filmfare AwardsBest FilmNominated
Best Director
Zee Cine AwardsBest Film
Best Director
Stardust AwardsFilm of the Year
Dream Director
Vogue Beauty AwardsMost Beautiful ManWon
2014Bhaag Milkha BhaagScreen AwardsBest Actor
Producers Guild Film AwardsBest Actor
Filmfare AwardsBest Actor
International Indian Film Academy AwardsBest Actor
Zee Cine AwardsBest Actor (Male) – Jury
BIG Star Entertainment AwardsMost Entertaining Actor – Male
GQ Men of The Year AwardActor of The Year
IBNLive Movie AwardsBest Actor
CNN-IBN Indian of the YearEntertainer of the YearNominated
Mirchi Music AwardsSpecial Award
2016Dil Dhadakne DoProducers Guild Film AwardsBest Supporting Actor
IIFA Awards
2019The Sky Is PinkScreen Awards⁣⁣Best Actor (Critics)Nominated⁣
2022ToofaanNickelodeon Kids’ Choice AwardsFavourite FilmNominated

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