Farhan Akhtar is a multi talented personality, who has achieved success on various fronts in Bollywood and has been recognized as an acclaimed actor, director, screenwriter, playback singer and television host. His dedication and hard work have given him a Midas Touch and he is successful in literally whatever he does.
Net Worth: $ 2.5 million
Income Source: Farhan Akhtar makes income as an actor and director. He has also judges a reality show called “Nach Baliye”, besides hosting an NDTV Imagine show called “Oye! Its Friday!”. Farhan is a well known face on television today, endorsing some leading brands like Hindustan Unilever Pureit and Titan.
Born: 9th January, 1974 (41 years old)
Height/Weight: 5 feet 9 inches, 78 kg
Marital Status: Married to Adhuna Akhtar since 2000, after a long affair and live in relationship of three years. They have two daughters named Shakya and Akira.
Farhan Akhtar was born in Mumbai and his father Javed Akhtar and mother Honey Irani are both noted personalities from Bollywood. The well known actress, Shabana Azmi is his step mother, while his sister, Zoya Akhtar is an acclaimed writer and director. He has always been inspired by Robert De Niro. He did his schooling from Maneckji Cooper School in Mumbai, after which he took up a Law Degree in HR College, but had to drop out in second year due to lack of attendance. This was when he developed interest in movies and decided to make a career in the industry. Besides his commercial ventures, Akhtar is also interested in humanitarian work. In this direction, he has launched a social campaign called Men Against Rape and Discrimination or MARD, inspired by the brutal rape and murder of a female lawyer by her watchman. He has also directed “Positive”, a short film to create awareness about HIV-AIDS and encouraging the right attitude towards them.
Farhan Akhtar stepped into Bollywood as an apprentice in direction in the 1991 movie “Lamhe”, which was directed by the legendary director, Yash Chopra. After this, he joined an advertising production house called Script Shop, followed by his second stint as an assistant director in the 1997 movie “Himalaya Putra”. He made his independent directorial debut in 2001, with the young and fresh movie “Dil Chahta Hai”, which was honored with the National Award for Best Feature Film in Hindi. The film was also screened at several international film festivals and received rave reviews there. After this came, “Lakshya” (2004) and “Don” (2006), both of which became successful on the box office. He also tried his hands at film production with the 2007 movie “Honeymoon Travels Pvt Ltd”. His acting debut came in 2008, with the hit film “Rock On”, wwhich also established him as a singer. He featured in a number of hit movies after that, including “Karthik Calling Karthik”, “Don 2”, “Zindagi Milegi Na Dobara” and the milestone of his career, “Bhaag Milkha Bhaag”, in which he played the Flying Sikh, Milkha Singh, to perfection. He has also written screenplays and lyrics for some movies, including English lyrics for the Hollywood movie “Bride and Prejudice”.
House and Cars
Farhan Akhtar resides at Bandstand, Bandra, a posh locality in Mumbai. He is fond of luxury cars and owns a Honda CRV, a Range Rover and a Mercedes E 270.