Having in him an enviable film pedigree by virtue of his screenwriter parents Javed Akhtar and Honey Irani, the birthday boy, Farhan Akhtar, is one of the most talented filmmakers we have in the Indian Film Industry. Often heralded as “The Future Of Indian Cinema“, Farhan Akhtar not just crafted a place for himself as a filmmaker, but also as an actor, screenwriter, producer and not the least, a singer.
With his first script, Dil Chahta Hai, starring Aamir Khan, Farhan sparked a new wave of cinema, to which the youth-related very quickly. This film reflected the experience and thought the process of the young generation. This film was a huge hit, both commercially and critically. This iconic movie of his career also fetched him his first National Award.
Farhan remade the Amitabh Bachchan classic, Don, with Shah RukhKhan in the lead in 2006. This was his third project as a director. The film was declared a hit and he was known as “the torchbearer of remakes“ in India. In 2007, Farhan donned the cap of Producer and his first production was Honeymoon Travels Pvt. Ltd. He was supposed to make his acting debut with this movie but his role went to Abhay Deol as he was involved with Don at that time. The following year in 2008, Farhan made his acting and singing debut with the musical Bollywood film Rock On, for which he wrote the dialogues and also produced the film. The film was received well at the box office and Farhan’s acting and singing talent were much praised. With each movie, Farhan, emerged as a better actor. And the epitome of that we saw in Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara. This film was directed by Zoya Akhtar and Farhan’s Excel Entertainment produced it. This film won the Filmfare Award Best Film of the year and Farhan also won many awards for his portrayal of Imran in the film. Farhan further proved his capabilities as an actor with movies like Bombay Talkies, Wazir, Dil Dhadakne Do, Bhaag Milkha Bhaag, Shaadi Ke Side Effects and Rock On 2.
Farhan’s movies always have a touch of youthfulness and uniqueness in them. He is considered as one of the most imaginative popular filmmakers of Bollywood.