Mahesh Bhatt is an Indian film director and screenwriter known for his works in Hindi cinema. A stand-out film from his earlier period is Saaransh, screened at the 14th Moscow International Film Festival, it became India's official entry for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film for that year. The 1986 film Naam was his first piece of commercial cinema. In 1987, he turned producer with the film Kabzaa under the banner, "Vishesh Films", with his brother Mukesh Bhatt. Bhatt went on to become one of the most recognized directors of the Indian film industry in the next decade, giving both art-house works such as Daddy and Swayam, as well as commercial romantic hits like Awaargi and Dil Hai Ki Manta Nahin, in which he cast Pooja with actor Aamir Khan, he next directed Sadak which remains his highest grossing either directed or produced under the banner, "Vishesh Films". During the 1990s Bhatt won critical acclaim for Sir, along with other hits such as Gumraah and Criminal. In 1994 he won the National Film Award – Special Jury Award for directing Hum Hain Rahi Pyar Ke.
In 1999, he directed the autobiographical Zakhm, which has garnered the Nargis Dutt Award for Best Feature Film on National Integration. Bhatt has produced contemporary films such as Jism and Woh Lamhe, he co-owns film producing company Vishesh Films with his brother Mukesh Bhatt. Bhatt was born to Shirin Mohammad Ali. Bhatt's father was a Hindu Nagar Brahmin and his mother was a Gujarati Muslim. Among his siblings is the Indian film producer Mukesh Bhatt. Mahesh Bhatt did his schooling from Matunga. While still in school, Bhatt started summer jobs to earn money, while making product advertisements, he was introduced to film director Raj Khosla through acquaintances. Bhatt thus started as assistant director to Khosla. Bhatt married his first wife Kiran, his romance with her was the inspiration for his film Aashiqui. Bhatt and Kiran had two children but his marriage stumbled following the difficulties of his early career. Bhatt fell in love with actress Soni Razdan and married her. Bhatt and Soni have Alia Bhatt.
At the age 26, Bhatt made his debut as a director with the film Manzilein Aur Bhi Hain in 1974. His 1979 Lahu Ke Do Rang, starring Shabana Azmi and Vinod Khanna in lead roles, won two Filmfare Awards in 1980: Helen received her first Filmfare as Best Supporting Actress and Madhukar Shinde won it for Best Art Direction; the film did "above average" at the box office. He was noticed and received great critical acclaim with art film Arth, when he turned to his personal life for inspiration but doubt persists as to whether it is an original film, he made many more films taking insights from his personal life wherein he highlighted personal narratives ranging from out-of-wedlock birth, to extramarital affair, created critically acclaimed works such as Janam and Saaransh, an exploration of an old couple's anxieties in a universe governed by arbitrary violence. Bhatt had one of his biggest releases with musical romance film Aashiqui, in collaboration with T-Series; the film launched Rahul Roy, Anu Agarwal and Deepak Tijori in the lead roles and became a major commercial success due to the hugely popular soundtrack by Nadeem-Shravan, which catapulted the music director duo into stardom.
He launched his daughter Pooja Bhatt as a lead actress opposite Aamir Khan in Dil Hai Ki Manta Nahin. The film was a commercial success and hugely acclaimed for its soundtrack. Bhatt's directorial Saathi was the only major success for Aditya Pancholi as a lead actor, thus giving a boost to his career, it was the biggest hit of the actor's career. Bhatt's biggest release during that time was Sir; the film launched Atul Agnihotri opposite Pooja Bhatt and Naseeruddin Shah was featured in the title role of an aspiring and dedicated teacher. The film was a commercial success and gained critical acclaim for Bhatt's direction and the acting of Shah, Pooja and Paresh Rawal; the film had an acclaimed and popular soundtrack by Anu Malik, which gave a boost to the music director's stellar career and he joined the league of top music directors of Bollywood. In 1995 he moved to television a newly opening medium in India, he made two TV series in 1995: the English language A Mouthful of Sky written by Ashok Banker and the popular Hindi language serial Swabhimaan scripted by writer Shobha De.
He directed another TV series, Kabhie Kabhie, in 1997, written by Anurag Kashyap, Vinta Nanda and Kamlesh Kunti Singh. He is known to have copied many Hollywood movies into mainstream Hindi movies without acknowledging it. For example, Fugitive was remade in Hindi as Criminal, he enacts into his films. Following this, he directed dramas like Dastak, the debut film of Miss Universe 1994-turned-actress Sushmita Sen, Tamanna, tried his hand at comedy with Duplicate in 1998. Zakhm based on the Mumbai riots of 1993, his last film as director was Kartoos. Thereafter, Bhatt retired a director and took to screenwriting, churning out stories and screenplays for over twenty films, many of which were box-office successes, like Dushman, Murder, Woh Lamhe, based on the life of actress Parveen Babi, along with many more, his banner vishesh films still continues operating today as one of Indian Cinemas leading production banners. Bhatt entered into the world of theatre with his protege Imran Zahid as of now he has produced three play
Om Shanti Om
Om Shanti Om is a 2007 Indian romantic melodrama film directed and co-written by Farah Khan with Mayur Puri and Mushtaq Shiekh. It stars Shah Rukh Khan as Om, a junior artist of the 1970s who has a crush on a secretly married superstar, played by Deepika Padukone in her Hindi film debut, her husband, a producer played by Arjun Rampal, kills her in a fire. Reincarnated as a superstar in the 2000s, he seeks to avenge his love. Om Shanti Om starred Shreyas Talpade, Kirron Kher and Javed Sheikh in supporting roles, saw cameos from many Bollywood celebrities in several sequences and songs; the film was produced and presented by Shah Rukh's wife Gauri Khan under the banner Red Chillies Entertainment on a budget of ₹400 million. Farah conceived Om Shanti Om while directing the musical Bombay Dreams, based on the Indian film industry. After Shah Rukh rejected the first version of Happy New Year, she was reminded of Om Shanti Om; the soundtrack album was composed by Vishal–Shekhar, with lyrics written by Javed Akhtar.
The background score was composed by Sandeep Chowta. The album received positive reviews and was commercially successful, becoming the highest-selling album of the year in India. Released on 9 November 2007, Om Shanti Om earned over ₹1.49 billion worldwide, becoming the highest-grossing Indian film at the time, both in India and overseas territories. It received positive reviews from critics, with praise directed to the performances and the film's narrative; the film won several awards in major Indian film award ceremonies. At 53rd Filmfare Awards, it received 12 nominations, winning for Best Female Debut and Best Special Effects, won the National Film Award for Best Production Design. Om Prakash Makhija, a junior artist in 1970s Hindi cinema, is in love with film superstar Shantipriya. One evening, Om attends the premiere of Shanti's film, envisions himself as the lead actor, Manoj Kumar. Om and his friend Pappu take on numerous small acting roles as extras, one night, a drunk Om describes his fantasy of one day winning a Filmfare Award for Best Actor.
At the shooting of a film, Om rescues Shanti after a fire grows out of control, they become friends. Om tries to woo her. Om overhears a conversation between Shanti and film producer Mukesh Mehra; the pair have married in secret, Shanti reveals that she is pregnant with his child. Mukesh asks Shanti to meet him at the set of their upcoming film Om Shanti Om. Mukesh promises to cancel the film, reveal their marriage to the public, have a grand wedding on the set much to the dismay of Om. However, revealing his true colours, he tells Shanti that their relationship and child will ruin his career and sets the backdrop on fire. Om is attacked by Mukesh's guards. After the guards leave, he again attempts to rescue Shanti, but he is thrown from the building by the explosion. A disorientated Om is hit by a car owned by Rajesh Kapoor, an actor taking his pregnant wife, Lovely, to the hospital. At the hospital, Om remembers his moments with Shanti as he dies, while Lovely gives birth to a son named Om; the soul of Om Prakash reincarnates into the newborn Om Kapoor.
Years Om Kapoor becomes a famous actor and lives the luxurious life dreamt of by Om Prakash, but experiences pyrophobia and subconsciously inherits Om Prakash's memories. At an awards ceremony, OK unknowingly delivers a speech Om Prakash made when he was drunk, heard by Pappu on television. At the event, OK's father introduces him to Mukesh, whose introduction causes OK to remember the events of Om Prakash's life. OK reunites with Om Prakash's mother Bela and Pappu, conspires to avenge Shanti's death by making Mukesh confess his crime. OK convinces Mukesh to restart shooting for Om Shanti Om, he plans to convince Mukesh that Shanti's spirit is haunting him. To impersonate Shanti, OK finds a super-fan Sandhya, a doppelgänger of Shanti. Throughout the film's shooting, OK and his friends arrange incidents to remind Mukesh of the past. During the music launch of the film, OK taunts Mukesh by revealing the extent to which he knows the story of Shanti's death, but when Mukesh runs after Sandy thinking she is the ghost of Shanti, Sandy accidentally cuts her arm and bleeds.
Seeing this, Mukesh realises. Mukesh tries to confront OK, but he is hit by the set's swinging chandelier. After Mukesh regains consciousness, OK confronts him but Mukesh reveals that he knows Sandy is not a ghost after all. During the quarrel, Sandy taunts Mukesh, she reveals that after the fire ceased to burn, Mukesh found that Shanti had survived and buried her alive below the chandelier. OK is confused about. Mukesh attempts to shoot Sandy, shocked by the revelation about the murder, but Mukesh and OK fight, which results in yet another fire. Just when O. K is about to kill Mukesh, Sandy stops him; the chandelier falls on Mukesh. Pappu and Sandy rush to join OK, shocked when he sees Sandy in two places at once. OK realises that the person he assumed to be Sandy was Shanti's spirit, recalls instances where supernatural events helped when OK's plans did not work, realising that Shanti was responsible, she smiles warmly towards OK and tearfully bids him goodbye, disappearing as she moves into the light.
Shah Rukh Khan as Om Prakash Makhija/Om Kapoor Deepika Padukone as Shantipriya/Sandy Arjun Rampal as Mukesh Mehra/Mike Shreyas Talpade as Pappu Master Kirron Kher as
Bimal Roy was a Bengali Indian film director. He is noted for his realistic and socialistic films such as Do Bigha Zamin, Biraj Bahu, Sujata and Bandini, making him an important director of Hindi cinema. Inspired by Italian neo-realistic cinema, he made Do Bigha Zamin after watching Vittorio De Sica's Bicycle Thieves, his work is known for his mise en scène which he employed to portray realism. He won a number of awards throughout his career, including eleven Filmfare Awards, two National Film Awards, the International Prize of the Cannes Film Festival. Madhumati won 9 Filmfare Awards in 1958, a record held for 37 years. Bimal Roy was born on 12 July 1909, to a Bengali Baidya zamindar family in Suapur, part of the Eastern Bengal and Assam province of British India and is now part of Bangladesh, and he produced lost movie in Bengali Hindi also. Bimal Roy moved to Calcutta and entered the field of cinema as a camera assistant with New Theatres Pvt. Ltd.. During this time, he assisted director P. C.
Barua as Publicity Photographer, on the hit 1935 film Devdas, starring K. L. Saigal. In the 1940s and 1950s Roy was part of the parallel cinema movement in post-war India, he collaborated on Anjangarh, one of the last major films of the New Theatres, the Kolkata-based film industry was now on the decline, thus Roy shifted his base to Bombay, along with his team in 1950, which included Hrishikesh Mukherjee, Nabendu Ghosh, Asit Sen, Kamal Bose and Salil Chaudhury, by 1952 he had restarted the second phase of his career with Maa, for Bombay Talkies. He was famous for his romantic-realist melodramas that took on important social issues while still being entertaining, he was a filmmaker of in-depth understanding of human strengths and weaknesses. In 1959, he was a member of the jury at the 1st Moscow International Film Festival, he died of cancer on 8 January 1966 at the age of 56. He was survived by four children, daughters Rinki Bhattacharya, Yashodhara Roy and Aparajita Sinha, his only son, Joy Roy.
His eldest daughter, Rinki Bhattacharya, married the director Basu Bhattacharya against the wishes of both their families. The marriage collapsed within a few years, but resulted in the birth of a son, the actor and screenplay writer Aditya Bhattacharya. Rinki Bhattacharya now heads the Bimal Roy Memorial Committee. Bimal Roy has received several awards. Filmfare Awards1953: Filmfare Award for Best Film – Do Bigha Zamin 1953: Filmfare Award for Best Director – Do Bigha Zamin 1954: Filmfare Award for Best Director – Parineeta 1955: Filmfare Award for Best Director – Biraj Bahu 1958: Filmfare Award for Best Film – Madhumati 1958: Filmfare Award for Best Director – Madhumati 1959: Filmfare Award for Best Film – Sujata 1959: Filmfare Award for Best Director – Sujata 1960: Filmfare Award for Best Director – Parakh 1963: Filmfare Award for Best Film – Bandini 1963: Filmfare Award for Best Director – BandiniNational Film Awards1953: All India Certificate of Merit for Best Feature Film – Do Bigha Zamin 1954: All India Certificate of Merit for Best Feature Film – Biraj Bahu 1955: Certificate of Merit for Best Feature Film in Hindi – Devdas 1958: President's Silver Medal for Best Feature Film in Hindi – Madhumati 1959: All India Certificate of Merit for the Third Best Feature Film – Sujata 1963: Best Feature Film in Hindi – BandiniCannes Film FestivalWon International Prize: 1953 for Do Bigha ZaminNominated for Grand Prize of the Festival: 1953 for Do Bigha ZaminNominated for Palme d'Or: 1955 for Biraj Bahu 1960 for Sujata Bimal Roy alternated between music directors Salil Chowdhury and S.
D. Burman, his films featured beautiful and memorable songs, rendered by all the top playback singers of the day. Some of the notable songs from Roy's films include: "Jalte Hain Jiske Liye" from Sujata, sung by Talat Mahmood "Chali Radhe Rani" from Parineeta, sung by Manna Dey "Aa Ri Aa Nindiya" from Do Bigha Zamin, music by Salil Chowdhury, sung by Lata Mangeshkar "Ab Aage Teri Marzi" from Devdas, music by S. D. Burman, sung by Lata Mangeshkar "Dil Tadap Tadap Ke Keh Raha" from Madhumati, music by Salil Chowdhury, sung by Mukesh, Lata Mangeshkar "Suhana Safar Aur Yeh Mausam Haseen" from Madhumati, music by Salil Chowdhury, sung by Mukesh "Aaja Re Pardesi" from Madhumati, music by Salil Chowdhury, sung by Lata Mangeshkar "Ghadi Ghadi Mora Dil Dhadake" from Madhumati, music by Salil Chowdhury, sung by Lata Mangeshkar and Mukesh "Zulmi Sang Aankh Ladi" from Madhumati, music by Salil Chowdhury, sung by Lata Mangeshkar "O Sajana Barkha Bahaar" from Parakh, music by Salil Chowdhury, sung by Lata Mangeshkar "Mora Gora Ang Lai Le" from Bandini, music by S.
D. Burman, sung by Lata Mangeshkar "O Jaanewale Ho Sake To Laut Ke Aana" from Bandini, music by S. D. Burman, sung by Mukesh Bimal Roy's influence was far-reaching, both in Indian cinema and world cinema. In Indian cinema, his influence extended to both mainstream commercial Hindi cinema and the emerging Parallel Cinema, his film Do Bigha Zamin was the first film to straddle art and commercial cinema. It was a commercial and critical success, winning the International Prize at the 1954 Cannes Film Festival; as a result, the film's success paved the way for the Indian New Wave. In commercial cinema, the most influential film he directed was Madhumati, his first and only collaboration with Ritwik Ghatak, one of the earliest films to deal with reincarnation, it is believed to have been the source of inspiration for many works dealing with the th
Yash Raj Chopra was an Indian director and film producer who worked in Hindi films. The founding chairman of the film production and distribution company Yash Raj Films, Chopra is the recipient of several awards, including six National Film Awards and 11 Filmfare Awards, he is considered among the best Indian filmmakers. For his contributions to film, the Government of India honoured him with the Dadasaheb Phalke Award in 2001, the Padma Bhushan in 2005. British Academy of Film and Television Arts presented him with a lifetime membership, making him the first Indian to receive the honour. Chopra began his career as an assistant director to I. S. Johar and his elder brother, B. R. Chopra, he made his directorial debut with Dhool Ka Phool in 1959, a melodrama about illegitimacy, followed it with the social drama Dharmputra. Chopra rose to prominence after directing thr commercially and critically successful drama, which pioneered the concept of ensemble casts in Bollywood. In 1971, he founded his own production company, Yash Raj Films, whose first production was Daag, a successful melodrama about a polygamous man.
His success continued in the seventies, with some of Indian cinema's most successful and iconic films, including the action thriller Deewaar, which established Amitabh Bachchan as the leading actor in Bollywood. This was followed by a period of professional setback from the late 1970s to 1989. In 1989, Chopra directed the commercially and critically successful cult film Chandni, which became instrumental in ending the era of violent films in Bollywood and returning to musicals, he followed it with the cult classic Lamhe in 1991, considered by critics and Chopra himself to be his best work, but underperformed at the box office. After helming the critically panned Parampara, Chopra directed the commercially successful psychological thriller Darr, the first of his films to star Shah Rukh Khan. Chopra directed all starring Khan, he died of dengue fever during Jab Tak Hai Jaan's production in 2012. Chopra was born on 27 September 1932 in Rahon, British India, into a Punjabi Hindu family in British India.
His father was an accountant in the PWD division of the British Punjab administration. He was the youngest of eight children, the oldest of whom was 30 years his senior; the eminent film-maker BR Chopra is one of his brothers. Chopra was brought up in the Lahore house of his second brother, BR Chopra a film journalist. Chopra went to Jalandhar in 1945 to continue his education, studied at Doaba College, Jalandhar, he moved to Ludhiana in Punjab after the Partition. He sought to pursue a career in engineering, his passion for film-making led him to travel to Bombay, where he worked as an assistant director to I. S. Johar, for his director-producer brother, Baldev Raj Chopra. Chopra received his first directorial opportunity in 1959 with the social drama Dhool Ka Phool, produced by his elder brother B. R. Chopra and starring Mala Sinha, Rajendra Kumar and Leela Chitnis; the film revolved around a Muslim bringing up an "illegitimate" Hindu child. The film became the fourth highest-grossing film of the year.
Encouraged by their success, the Chopras made Dharmputra. It was one of the first films to depict the Partition of Hindu fundamentalism; the film marked the debut of Shashi Kapoor in a fledged role and was awarded with the National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Hindi. Theatrical screenings of the film were disrupted by violent demonstrations in response to its raw depiction of the partition riots and related sloganeering and hence became a box office flop. Chopra avoided making political films after that. Chopra's collaboration with his brother continued in the form of the 1965 film Waqt, which featured an ensemble cast including Sunil Dutt, Raaj Kumar, Shashi Kapoor, Balraj Sahni, Madan Puri, Sharmila Tagore, Achala Sachdev and Rehman; the film became a critical success. It is acknowledged as a "found film" of the "found" genre. Setting many other trends, it was one of Indian cinema's first multi-starrers, a mode which became popular among the producers during the 1970s, it began the now obligatory style of depicting wealth and social class.
Chopra received his first Filmfare Best Director Award for the film. In 1969, Chopra directed two movies produced by his brother; the first was the Chopra film to feature Dharmendra in the lead. It was an average grosser, he directed Ittefaq, a suspense movie based on a Gujarati play, depicting the events of a single night, with Rajesh Khanna in the lead role. Shot in a month and on a low budget, the film was deemed unusual by critics, it one of the first Hindi films which did not have any songs or an interval. It was declared a semi-hit at the box office and won Chopra another Filmfare award for best director. In 1971, Chopra founded the independent Yash Raj Films, terminating his creative collaboration with his brother, his first independently produced film, Daag: A Poem of Love, a melodrama about a man with two wives, with Rajesh Khanna in the lead role, was a great success and Chopra won his third Filmfare Award for Best Director for the film. He directed a number of classic cult films starring Amitabh Bachchan and scripted by Salim-Javed, notably Deewaar and Trishul, which were great hits and remain popular today.
These films set the trend for the late
Talvar, released internationally as Guilty, is a 2015 Indian Hindi-language thriller drama film directed by Meghna Gulzar and written by Vishal Bhardwaj. Produced by Bhardwaj and Vineet Jain, the film is based on the 2008 Noida double murder case involving a teenage girl and her family's servant. Starring Irrfan Khan, Konkona Sen Sharma and Neeraj Kabi, the film follows the investigation of a double-murder case of a girl and a servant from three different perspectives in which her parents are guilty or innocent of the murder charges, it was conceived by Bhardwaj after he met some of the police officials who were investigating the case. He met Meghna, expressed his desire to produce a film with her, they researched the case for two years and found several contradictions, with each view having some validity. Bhardwaj's script was an example of the Rashomon effect. Pankaj Kumar was the film's director of photography, A. Sreekar Prasad was its editor. Talvar premiered at the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival in the special-presentation section, was screened at the 2015 BFI London Film Festival and the Busan International Film Festival.
It was released theatrically in India on 2 October 2015 to mostly-positive reviews, with particular praise for its writing and performances. The film was a box-office success, grossing ₹30.17 crore. Bhardwaj received the Best Adapted Screenplay Award for Talvar at the 63rd National Film Awards, Prasad received the Award for Best Editing at the 61st Filmfare Awards. Fourteen-year-old Shruti Tandon is found dead at her home in Sameer Vihar in Noida by her parents and Nutan, during the night of 15–16 March 2008; the local police force, led by Inspector Dhaniram, are incompetent and do not know the basics of criminal investigation. They look for Khempal, the missing servant; the police question Kanhaiya, Khempal's close friend and the Tandons' assistant, who tells them that Ramesh might have been involved in an extra-marital affair and Khempal might have been involved in a relationship with Shruti. They begin to suspect the Tandons, declare the murders a clear case of honour killing. On 25 March, the Noida police arrest Ramesh for the murders.
The police chief organises a press conference, at which he says that Ramesh murdered Shruti and Khempal after he found them in a compromising position. The victim blaming of Shruti leads to public outrage, the case is given to Joint Director Ashwin Kumar of the Central Department of Investigation and ACP Vedant. Kumar is contemptuous of the sloppy first responders, who botched the initial crime-scene investigation, he believes that the parents are innocent, methodically builds a case against the father's resentful assistant. His team uses narco tests in their attempt to prove. Kumar exonerates the parents on 22 June 2008, Ramesh is released from jail; as Kumar is about to conclude his investigation, his senior officer retires and is replaced by a new CDI chief. ACP Vedant, eager to receive a promotion, begins working against Kumar; this leads to an altercation between the two officers. The CDI gives the case to a new investigative team led by Kumar's former superior, who concludes that the parents committed the murders.
Both investigative teams, with opposing hypotheses, make their cases to the CDI chief. The CDI files a closure report in the Ghaziabad court naming the parents as prime suspects, but the evidence is insufficient to prosecute; the Tandons file a protest plea against the CDI report. The judge rejects the closure report, accuses the parents in the case; the trial begins on 8 June 2012, the Tandons are convicted of the murders several months later. Irrfan Khan as Ashwin Kumar Konkona Sen Sharma as Nutan Tandon Neeraj Kabi as Ramesh Tandon Sohum Shah as Vedant Mishra Ayesha Parveen as Shruti Tandon Gajraj Rao as Inspector Dhaniram Atul Kumar as Paul Sumit Gulati as Kanhaiya Neyha Sharma as a youngster providing a sound bite Prakash Belawadi as Ramshankar Pillai Shishir Sharma as J. K. Dixit Tabu as Reema Kumar Filmmaker and composer Vishal Bhardwaj was impressed by director Meghna Gulzar after seeing the 2007 anthology film, Dus Kahaniyaan, expressed his wish to produce a film with her. Meghna said that she was "beginning to wonder what to do next" when she had the conversation with Bhardwaj, they came up with the idea of making a film about the 2008 Noida double murder case.
Bhardwaj and Meghna researched the case for nearly two years, found "several bizarre contradictions and each view had their own conviction". They decided to present three perspectives in the story: the police investigation, the first CBI probe and an investigation by a different CBI team. Bhardwaj and Meghna did not obtain permission from the Talvar family for the film. Meghna was fascinated by the idea of exploring the "unfinished-ness" of the case. In January 2015, it was announced. Bhardwaj, who wrote and produced the film, said. According to Meghna, she tried to keep the narrative as objective as possible to let the viewer interpret it on their own; the names of individuals and organisations were changed in the film to avoid legal issues. At a screening and politician Ram Jethmalani, said that the trial depicted in the film inaccurate. M
Farhan Akhtar is an Indian film director, 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 Himalay Putra. Akhtar, after establishing a production company named Excel Entertainment along with Ritesh Sidhwani, made his directorial debut with Dil Chahta Hai and received critical acclaim for portraying modern youth; the film won a National award. Following it, he made Lakshya and had his Hollywood debut through the soundtrack of Bride and Prejudice, for which he wrote the lyrics, he went on to make the commercially successful Don. He directed a short film titled Positive, to spread awareness on HIV-AIDS. Although he started his acting career with The Fakir of Venice, his official debut was with Rock On!!, for which he won a second National Award for Best Feature Film in Hindi as producer, indulged in further experimentation before he wrote the dialogues and acted for the critical and commercial success Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara, which won him two Filmfare Awards, including Best Supporting Actor.
In the same year, he directed a sequel to Don titled Don 2, which remains his highest-grossing film till date. He achieved further success by portraying Milkha Singh in the 2013 film Bhaag Milkha Bhaag, earning him the Filmfare Award for Best Actor. In 2016, Akhtar received praise for starring in the crime thriller Wazir and the comedy drama Dil Dhadakne Do. Farhan Akhtar was born to screenwriters Javed Honey Irani in Mumbai, his sister is writer–director Zoya Akhtar. His parents divorced during his early days, his father married Shabana Azmi in 1984. Akhtar has termed his parents the "harshest" critics in his career, considered Robert De Niro as an "inspiration" in the film industry. Akhtar is from his mother's side. Akhtar grew up in an agnostic environment and along with his sister Zoya and father Javed Akhtar, he does not believe in any religion, he is great-grandson of poet Muztar Khairabadi. Muztar Khairabadi was grandson of Fazl-e-Haq Khairabadi, a scholar of Islamic studies and theology, notably edited the first diwan of Mirza Ghalib on his request, became an important figure during the Indian Rebellion of 1857 in his native Khairabad..
He is the cousin of Farah Khan and Sajid Khan. He studied at Maneckji Cooper school in Mumbai, went on to study for a law degree from the HR College in Mumbai, he 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 in 2001, which marked Adhuna's debut as a Bollywood hairstylist; the couple have two daughters named Akira. On 21 January 2016, the couple announced their separation after 16 years of marriage.. Akhtar worked as an apprentice in film distribution and direction for Yash Chopra's Lamhe when he was 17 years old and shifted to an advertisement production house named "Script Shop" to spend an approximate 3 years there, he assisted Pankaj Parashar as a director in Himalay Putra before launching himself into direction and writing. Akhtar made his writing and directorial debut with the critically acclaimed film Dil Chahta Hai, produced by Excel Entertainment Pvt. Ltd. a production company he established along with Ritesh Sidhwani in 1999.
It was shot over a period of three months in Sydney and Mumbai. Due to its acclaim, he called it a "turning point" in his career; the film dealt with the lives of westernised urban youth in Mumbai. Akhtar had written the script based on his trips to Goa and New York, as well as a narration of a story outline by a friend of his, it received international critical acclaim and attained an iconic status, with Akhtar receiving credit for starting a "new wave" in Indian cinema. Critic Ziya Us Salam praised Akhtar's direction and commented for The Hindu: "In his maiden venture, Javed Akhtar's son shows enough glimpses of his pedigree to indicate that promise will attain fulfilment sooner than later." Various award shows nominated it for several categories. The year's National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Hindi for 2002 was won by the film, it was screened at the International Film Festival of India, the Palm Springs International Film Festival, the Austin Film Festival. In the same year, he and his sister Zoya Akhtar assisted their father in writing the English lyrics of a song in Lagaan, for which the soundtrack was scored by A. R. Rahman.
Akhtar's next project was Lakshya, a film about an aimless youngster setting a goal for himself, starring Hrithik Roshan and Preity Zinta. It was shot in Ladakh, Dehra Dun and Mumbai, marked the beginning of the collaborations between Akhtar and Hrithik, he had to research the army before directing the venture. The theme of the film, as stated by Akhtar, was about "finding oneself", he believed that if the same characters and situation were set elsewhere, the main core of the story would remain the same as the film was not about war, as it had been reported. Post-release, the film became a commercial failure. Parul Gupta of The Times of India gave it a negative review and explained that "It's hard to reconcile to such triviality when it comes from Farhan Akhtar, considered the ultimate symbol of cool in Hindi filmdom." On the contrary, Manish Gajjar from BBC wrote, in his positive review: "Young Farhan Akhtar, proves ye