Farhan Akhtar Biography, Age, Weight, Height, Family, More

Who is Farhan Akhtar ?

Farhan Akhtar is an film director, screenwriter, producer, actor, playback singer and television host born on 9 January 1974 in Mumbai to Javed Akhtar and Honey Irani. Farhan made debut in Bollywood by working as an assistant director in Lamhe (1991) and Himalay Putra (1997).

Real NameFarhan Akhtar
Nick Name(s)Bulbul (name given by his nanny)
ProfessionActor, Producer, Director, Screenwriter, Singer
Date of Birth9 January 1974
Age (as on 2018)44 Years
Birth PlaceMumbai, Maharashtra India
HometownLucknow, Uttar Pradesh
Zodiac SignCapricorn
Food HabitNon-Vegetarian
Salary/Per Movie Income (Approx.)₹ 10 Crores
Net Worth (Approx.)₹ 140 Crores/ $22 Million
Awards/NominationsFilmfare Awards
In 2002: Critics Award for Best Movie, Best Screenplay for Dil Chahta Hai
In 2009: Best Male Debut for Rock On!!
In 2012: Best Supporting Actor for Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara
In 2014: Best Actor for Bhaag Milkha Bhaag
National Awards
In 2002: Best Feature Film in Hindi for Dil Chahta Hai
In 2009: Best Feature Film in Hindi for Rock On!!
Physical Status
Heightin centimeters: 175 cm
in meters: 1.75 m
in feet inches: 5’ 9”
Weightin kilograms: 70 kgs
in pounds: 154 lbs
Body MeasurementsChest: 41 inches
Waist: 30 inches
Biceps: 14 inches
Eye ColourDark Brown
Hair ColourBlack
Cars CollectionRange Rover Red Edition, M350 CDI SUV, Porsche Cayman, Honda CRV
Bikes CollectionN/A
Properties/Homes/AddressSea Spring Bungalow No 1, B J Road, Bandstand, Mumbai - 400050
Educational QualificationDismissed from the college in the 2nd year due to attendance shortage
SchoolManeckji Cooper School, Mumbai
College/UniversityH.R. College of Commerce and Economics
DebutFilm (Director): Dil Chahta Hai (2001)

Film (Producer): Don (2006)

Film (Actor): Rock On!! (2008)
Favourite Things
Hobbies/InterestsSinging, Collecting Gadgets
Favourite Sport(s)Football, Tennis
Favorite Vegetable(s)Bhindi
Favourite FoodHomemade food, The classic Mumbai Vada Pao, Kebabs, Mutton Biryani
Favourite Actor(s)Guru Dutt, Bimal Roy, Raj Kapoor, Vijay Anand, Robert Di Nero, Martin Scorsese, Ridley Scott, Woody Allen, Billy Wilder, Alfred Hitchcock
Favourite ActressPreity Zinta
Favourite Movie(s)The Wizard of Oz (1939)
ParentsFather- Javed Akhtar (Lyricist and Scriptwriter)
Mother- Honey Irani (Actress & screenwriter)
Shabana Azmi (stepmother)

Sibling(s)Sister: Zoya Akhtar (elder, director & screenwriter)
Affair(s)/Girlfriend(s)Adhuna Bhabani (Hair stylist)
Wife/Spouse/Marriage DateDivorced Adhuna Bhabani (m.2000-div.2016)
Children(s)Daughter: Shakya and Akira

Some Lesser Known Facts about Farhan Akhtar

  • Farhan Akhtar has watched Sholay around 50 times but doesn’t find it perfect, for him Deewar is much stronger.
  • Farhan wrote ‘Dil Chahta Hai’ when his mother threatened to throw him out of the house if he didn’t do something with his life. He considers his mother as his strongest critic.
  • Farhan Akhtar believes he is a better actor than a director.
  • The worst moment of Farhan’s life was during the 1992-93 riots, when the actor had to face controversy because he was a Muslim.
  • Since his childhood, he has that bug of acting in himself, as he used to roam around in the house with a toy gun thinking that villains are there.He was very young when his parents got separated and his father, Javed Akhtar, married actress Shabana Azmi in 1984.
  • He has Katsaridaphobia, i.e. fear of cockroaches and he dreams of overcoming it one day.
  • Although he knew to ride car since his 20s, he learnt to ride the bike at the time he signed Karthik Calling Karthik.
  • The reason behind most of his films are based on friendship is that when his parents got divorced, his friends became his biggest support system.
  • When he first met Milkha Singh during the research of his biopic, Milka challenged him for a race. He did rigorous training of 18 months to get into Milkha’s character in the movie.
  • Robert DiNero, a famous Hollywood legend is his inspiration.
  • His ex-wife Adhuna is seven years elder to him, they both dated for three years before getting married in 2000.
  • His sister, Zoya revealed that Farhan is very good at lying.
  • Initially, he worked as an assistant director in films such as Lamhe and Himalay Putra.
  • Once, he was dismissed from HR College in the second year of his Commerce degree.
  • Does Farhan Akhtar Smoke ? No!
  • Does Farhan Akhtar Drink Alcohol ? Yes!

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