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Farhan Akhtar

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Farhan Akhtar (born January 9, 1974) is an Indian film actress, director, screenwriter, playing singer, producer 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, working as assistant director for Lamhe (1991) and Himalay Putra (1997).

At the age of 17, Farhan Akhtar worked as an apprentice in film distribution and director at Lamhe (1991) in Yash Chopra, and later moved to an advertising production company called "Script Shop" where he spent about three years. He also helped Pankaj Parashar as the director of Himalay Putra (1997).

His most recent release,'Sky is Pink,' premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival and received a 15-minute standing ovation from audiences at Roy Thompson Hall. He is also undergoing boxing training for Toofan, directed by Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra.

Following Don 2, the biography of Indian athlete Milkha Singh, widely known as 'The Flying Sikh', was entitled 'Bhaag Milkha Bhaag'. He honestly essayed the role, setting the standard for other actors to consider the protagonist role in the biopic. Farhan Akhtar, like the'Best Film' movie, won all awards that year for'Best Actor'. It also won a national award for 'Best Popular Movie Providing Healthy Entertainment'. He also had to prepare his appearance to portray a 17-year-old army recruit and endure field preparations in monarchs. In 2014, Farhan Akhtar played in the romantic comedy Shaadi Ke Side Effects with the film Vidya Balan, directed by Saket Chaudhary and produced by Pritish Nandy. It was the sequel to Pyaar Ke Side Effects (2006).

Farhan Akhtar made his directorial debut as Dil Chahta Hai (2001) after establishing a production company named Excel Entertainment with Ritesh Sidhwani in 1999, and was criticized for playing a contemporary young man. The film also won a National Award. He then made his Hollywood debut through the cult war movie Laksha (2004) and the soundtrack of The Bride and Prejudice (2004), where he wrote lyrics for that. He continued to make the commercially successful Don (2006). He directed the short film Positive (2007) to promote awareness of HIV-AIDS.

In 2007, Farhan Akhtar released the film Honeymoon Travels Pvt. Directed by his debut film Reema Kagti and starred Abhay Deol, Minissha Lamba, Shabana Azmi and Boman Irani. The music of the film was composed by Vishal-Shekhar and marked his first collaboration with him. Akhtar was supposed to make an acting debut with the project, but with respect to Don, he had to be replaced by Abhay Deol. The film was funded and funded by Exim Bank. This is the first time Excel Entertainment has collaborated with another director. This is because all previous projects included Farhan Akhtar as director. The story of the movie revolves around six couples who went to orphans on their honeymoon. The film premiered on February 23rd, received mixed reviews from critics and had "average" box office results.

In 2017, Farhan Akhtar essayed the role of Maqsood, the mafia don, similar to Dawood Ibrahim, in Daddy, co-starred by Arjun Rampal. His next release was the ensemble drama Lucknow Central, co-starring Diana Penty, Gippy Grewal and Deepak Dobriyal. The film was about a prison escape drama planned by a group of prisoners who formed a music band and inspired real events. Lucknow Central was released on September 15th, 2017 and has suffered mixed reviews and financial failures.

Farhan Akhtar made his screenplay and directing debut in 1999 with the acclaimed film Dil Chahta Hai (2001), produced by the production company Excel Entertainment, founded with Ritesh Sidhwani, which was shot in Sydney, Goa, and over three months. . Mumbai. Because of that admiration, he called it a "turning point" in his career. The film tackled the lives of urban youths in a westernized city in Mumbai. Farhan Akhtar wrote a script based on Goa and his trip to New York, as well as an outline of the story told by his friend. Farhan Akhtar received international criticism for his contributions to launching the "new wave" in Indian cinema, and acquired an iconic status. Critic Ziya Us Salam praised Farhan Akhtar's direction and commented on The Hindu: "In his maiden adventure, Javed Akhtar's son has a good glimpse of his lineage, indicating that the promise will be fulfilled sooner or later." The film has been praised for various awards and has been nominated for several categories. It was awarded the National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Hindi in 2002. It was also screened at the Indian International Film Festival, the Palm Springs International Film Festival and the Austin Film Festival. In the same year, he and his sister Zoya Akhtar helped his father write the English lyrics of the song in Lagaan, where A. R. Rahman recorded the soundtrack.

Farhan Akhtar has been in a relationship with Indian VJ Shibani Dandekar since 2018.

In 2011, Farhan Akhtar's first project was a drama thriller game directed by Abhinay Deo. The starring consisted of Abhishek Bachchan, Kangana Ranaut, Boman Irani and Jimmy Shergill. He wrote the script and built a venture. The film received very negative reviews after its release, and critics panned almost every aspect. The box office had a poor opening and later inflicted losses on the distributors due to very negative word of mouth. It has been described as "wash out" by trade analysts.

In 2008, Aktar made his solo acting and singing debut with a musical film called Rock On!!, and even wrote and produced scripts for this film. The film was directed by Abhishek Kapoor. Prachi Desai, Arjun Rampal and Purab Kohli starred with him. Having learned the guitar since starting his directing career, he knew it well and used it in films. His role was the role of Aditya, the lead singer of the rock band "Magik". He sang five songs for the soundtrack album. The film was well received by critics and received positive reviews after its release. Gaurav Malani of The Economic Times said that this film was clearly designed by "Farhan Akhar as his acting debut, and it doesn't seem to disappoint himself. If you lend a voice to all his songs, you can easily get into his character. His Lisp can be overlooked in conversational delivery.” The BBC's Manish Gajjar wrote of his acting: "Actor Farhan Aktar, who became director, amazes everyone with his brilliant and flawless performance, transforming from a hippie-style lead singer to a calm, gloomy work addict." Farhan Akhtar has been praised several times for his debut performance. The film also won a national award for Best Feature Film in Hindi. However, this did not affect the box office and it generated "average" sales.

Farhan Akhtar appeared and produced in the psychological thriller film Karthik Calling Karthik (2010) directed by Vijay Lalwani. He first played the introspective character Karthik, starring with Deepika Padukone. Preparing for the role involves working with the Rubik's Cube, which I learned from the director. The film received mixed reviews and praise from critics for Aktar's performance, which Su Canya Verma said "conveys Kartik's anxiety, simplicity, and weakness, even when the script is not for him. Perhaps his innate filmmaker's instincts It will be." The film was aimed at the youth of the multiplex, so it had a good opening at the box office. However, it failed to keep up with the business and continued to generate "below average" sales.

In the same year, Farhan Akhtar directed Positive, a film produced by Shernaz Italia and Frenzy Kodaiji, starring Boman Irani and Shabana Azmi. It was a 12-minute short film. Covering the family's attitude toward a person suffering from HIV-AIDS, the film was shot in Mumbai and aims to raise awareness of the problem. He also introduced Arjun Mathur to the film industry. Regarding the purpose of the project, Akhtar said, "Like a social stigma, many people believe that HIV patients should be quarantined. They also have certain misunderstandings about dealing with the disease. And because there are many common families in India, people with this disease are It becomes very important to understand the value of your support for, and that's what Positive says: “The film had background music written by Ram Sampath, but no soundtrack. It was created as part of Mira Nair, Santosh Sivan, Vishal Bhardwaj and four short films he directed, "AIDS JaaGo" ("AIDS Awake"), as part of Mira Nair's Mirabai Films, a joint initiative by the volunteer group Avahan. And the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Farhan Akhtar was born in Bombay (now Mumbai) to screenwriter Javed Akhtar and Honey Irani. His younger sister is writer and director Zoya Akhtar. His parents divorced early, and his father married Shabana Azmi in 1984. Akhtar called his parents the "hardest" critics of his career and also considered Robert De Niro the "inspiration" of the film industry. Akhtar is from Zoroastrian Irani on the part of his mother. Akhtar grew up in an agnostic environment with his younger sister Zoya and father Javed Akhtar. He doesn't believe in any religion.

Next year, Farhan Akhtar produced and wrote the script for the neo-noir thriller Talaash: The Answer Lies Within. His productions led to comedy films Fukrey (2013) and Bangistan (2015), Baar Baar Dekho (2016), Raees and Fukrey Return (both in 2017).

In 2006, Farhan Akhtar directed, produced and wrote the script for Don starring Shah Rukh Khan, a remake of the 1978 film Don starring Amitabh Bachchan. It was his first project to remain in remake status. Don's character became iconic and popular. Nevertheless, he pointed out that he is not comfortable with being recognized as a remake trend in the film world, not that he means "the torch bearer of the remake brigade". Released on October 20, 2006, the film was declared a "hit" by the box office, with sales of around $1.05 billion worldwide (worth $2.7 billion or $38 million in 2019). It is widely known as a script line. However, critics mainly criticized Farhan Akhtar's direction and scenario. Taran Adarsh ​​of Bollywood Hungama said Farhan Akhtar "climbed the ladder as far as craftsmanship is concerned (all frames are well decorated and has a magical effect)), but despite the ready-made classics, this time I didn't get it right. "

After rejecting an offer to sing for A. R. Rahman's album Blue, Farhan Akhtar produced his sister Zoya's directorial and lyrics debut, Luck By Chance, starring Hrithik Roshan and Konkona Sen Sharma. He was considered a "perfect choice" for the film and was cast in the film. The story of the film revolves around a struggling actor who arrived in Mumbai to become a movie star. The film was released on January 30, 2009. Although the box office failed and was declared "flop", the film generally received positive reviews from critics. Neil Genzlinger of The New York Times said, "It's Mr. Akhtar who put this film full of cameo-filled distances in understated acting. He maintains his compassion while creating romantic confusion." Rajeev Masand commented: "Farhan Akhtar delivers the simple yet likable performance the film demands. Don't show off, don't hear loud noises, and do spontaneous action right away that works like a dream."

Farhan Akhtar's next project was Lakshya (2004), a film in which an aimless young man starring Hrithik Roshan and Preity Zinta finally sets his goals. Filmed in Ladakh, Dehra Dun and Mumbai, the collaboration between Farhan Akhtar and Hrithik began. He had to investigate the army before writing the script and overseeing the adventure. The theme of the film Farhan Akhtar mentioned was about "finding yourself". He also believed that if the same characters and situations were set elsewhere, the core of the story would remain the same as the movie wasn't about war as reported. After opening, the film failed box office and became a commercial failure. Parul Gupta of The Times of India gave a negative review and explained that "it's hard to reconcile with such triviality from Farhan Akhtar, which is considered the ultimate symbol of coolness in the Hindi film world." Conversely, the BBC's Manish Gajjar wrote in a positive review: "Young Farhan Akhtar once again proves that he is one of the greatest directors in Bollywood history. He paid full attention to the script and technical aspects. It evolves into a refined product."

Men Against Rape and Discrimination (MARD) is a social campaign launched by Akhtar. This idea came to mind in August 2012 when profession-specific lawyer Pallavi Purkayastha was raped and killed by a watchman.

Meanwhile, at the recommendation of his father, Aktar wrote the English lyrics of the Hollywood movie Bride and Prejudice (2004) with his younger sister Joya Akta. The music for the film was composed by Anu Malik and consisted of a mix of Hindi songs, West side story, Fiddler on the Roof and Grease.

He initially began his acting career at Fakir in Venice, but his official debut was Rock On! (2008), won a second national award for best feature film in Hindi as producer, and before writing the script (conversation), he fell into further experimentation and produced and acted for critical and commercial success Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara (2011) ), He has won four Filmfare Awards, including Best Supporting Actor. In the same year he directed Don's sequel titled Don 2 (2011) and is the highest-grossing film to date. He became more successful by playing Milkha Singh in the 2013 movie Bhaag Milkha Bhaag, winning the Filmfare Award for Best Actor. In 2016, Farhan Akhtar was praised for starring in the crime thriller Wazir and in the ensemble comedy drama Dil Dhadakne Do.

He also had a relationship with Bollywood actress Shraddha kapoor. These two lovers were caught after leaving the Farhaan Akhtars house late at night.

He married Adhuna Bhabani in 2000 after having been in a relationship with her for three years. They first met when filming his directorial debut, Dil Chahta Hai, which also marked Adhuna's debut as a Bollywood hair stylist. The couple has two daughters, Shakya and Akira. On January 21, 2016, the divorce was officially announced after 16 years of marriage.

The following year, Farhan Akhtar starred in Dil Dhadakne Do in Zoya Akhtar, an ensemble comedy drama starring Anil Kapoor, Shefali Shah, Priyanka Chopra, Ranveer Singh and Anushka Sharma.

Following Luck By Chance, Farhan Akhtar starred in a film called The Fakir of Venice, which was first due to release before Rock on. And it was scheduled for his acting debut. Due to several delays, it premiered at the 2009 Los Angeles Indian Film Festival. The book was written and directed by Anand Surapur, and Farhan Akhtar took it after emphasizing that it "affects all human weaknesses and confusion," describing the script as "very powerful". Before its release, it premiered at the Los Angeles Indian Film Festival and the ArcLight Hollywood Venice Film Festival. Hollywood Reporter's Kirk Honeycutt praised the film and praised the film: "Farhan Akhtar, a producer, director and writer who debuted as an actor here, has a talented, handsome, multi-ethnic, translatable appearance. A huge career ahead of him." The film premiered in India on February 8, 2019.

He is the grandson of the Urdu poet Jan Nisar Akhtar and the great-grandson of the poet Muztar Khairabadi. Muztar Khairabadi was the grandson of Fazl-e-Haq Khairabadi, a scholar of Islamic studies and theology, especially at his request, editing the first diwans of Mirza Ghalib, who later became important during the 1857 Indian revolt in his hometown, Khairabad. . . . He is also the cousin of Farah Khan and Sajid Khan. He studied at the Maneckji Cooper School in Mumbai and continued to study for a law degree at HR College in Mumbai.

Farhan Akhtar appeared as one of the nine judges of the beauty contest Femina Miss India (2002). He was a judge for the first season of the dance reality show Nach Baliye (2005). He hosted a TV show called Oye! at NDTV Imagine. It's Friday! In the same year. He supported several brands as part of his career, especially after the release of Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara. These include Pureit, Chivas Regal, Britannia Nutri Choice Biscuits, IndusInd Bank, Dulux Paint, and Hindustan Unilever's water purifier products titled Titan Industries.

Later that year, Farhan Akhtar wrote, produced and directed Don 2, the sequel to Don in 2006. It came back in his direction after a hiatus of almost five years. His decision to make a sequel was explained in an interview. “I'm on the lookout for the sequel to be made. With Don 2, I was finally able to create an action thriller the way I wanted it to be. Good story, classic action, and simple plot. It has one goal and it's effective and dramatic for that "The film has been a huge success in India and has become the highest-grossing Bollywood production abroad, reaching £2.1 billion worldwide (worth £3.2 billion or $45 million in 2019). . Khalid Mohammed received positive reviews from critics: “Overall I can't feel that Farhan Akhtar was able to make three much more valuable movies out of the budget wasted on this thriller that car was smashed as if it were a car. Teacup.”

In 2016, Farhan Akhtar took on the lead role of an anti-terrorist squad officer at Wazir in Bejoy Nambiar. In his first action role as an actor, he carried 8 kg of weight after intense physical training. Raja Sen told him in his review that "it's pretty good at the beginning of the film, but when the film hits hysterical equipment, his acting starts to loosen and he has to do more than frown."Farhan Akhtar also sang a duet "Atrangi yaari" with Amitabh Bachchan for Wazir. The film was a box office success. Akhtar's final release of the year was the rock musical drama Rock on 2, a sequel to the critics-acclaimed Rock On!! He reproduced the role of the band's lead singer, Aditya Shroff. This film was Aktar's attempt to bring northeastern India into popular culture.

Farhan Akhtar has produced and starred in one of the three main characters Hrithik Roshan, Abhay Deol, Katrina Kaif and Kalki Koechlin, along with his sister Zoya Akhtar's adult film Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara, and starred opposite Ariadna Cabrol. He was also recognized as a screenwriter for films. He was the first actor to appear in the movie, and his role was described as "a funny character" and "a man who doesn't take seriously for the longest time." His real father, Javed Akhtar, wrote poetry in the film, and he performed as a voice actor. His acting was that Shaikh Ayaz of Rediff.com would call his line "smooth and not make ROFL. India Today's Kaveree Bamzai calls his acting "sensitive and soulful" acting and "Perfect Father's Poems I could read.” The film made $1.53 billion worldwide (worth $2.5 billion or $36 million in 2019) and declared commercial success at the box office. It also declared the highest commercial success abroad. One of the most profitable Bollywood films, earned about $725 million, which won two National Awards, Best Choreography and Best Audiography.

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