Farhan Akhtar Bio, Wiki, Age, Height, Weight, Family, Facts & More

Who is Farhan Akhtar?

It does not matter how slowly you go, as long as you do not stop and ‘Farhan Akhtar’ is that type of personality who didn’t stop in his whole career. He is an Indian actor, playback singer, producer, director, screenwriter, and television host who primarily works in Bollywood films. He began his Bollywood career as an assistant director on the films Lamhe (1991) and Himalay Putra (1997). After co-founding Excel Entertainment with Ritesh Sidhwani in 1999, Akhtar made his directorial debut with Dil Chahta Hai (2001), which gained him praise from critics for its portrayal of modern youth and won the National Award for Best Hindi Film in the very next year.

In 2013, Akhtar won the Filmfare Award for Best Actor for his role as Milkha Singh in Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra’s film Bhaag Milkha Bhaag.

Personal Life/Early Life

Farhan Akhtar was born in Bombay (present-day Mumbai), India, to screenwriters Javed Akhtar and Honey Irani. He has been grown up with his popular sister named Zoya Akhtar who is a writer and director by profession. During his childhood, his parents got divorced, and his father married Shabana Azmi in 1984. In his career, Akhtar has referred to his parents as the “harshest” critics, as well as Robert De Niro as an “inspiration” in the film industry. From his mother’s side, Akhtar is of Irani Zoroastrian descent.

He is the great-grandson of poet Muztar Khairabadi and the grandson of Urdu poet Jan Nisar Akhtar. Farhan is also Farah Khan’s and Sajid Khan’s cousin. [16][17] He attended Maneckji Cooper School in Mumbai and then moved on to HR College in Mumbai to pursue a law degree.

Physical Appearance

This handsome actor, Farhan Akhtar was born on 9 January 1974 and has turned 48 years old as of 2022. He is blessed with an attractive body with a weight of 70kg. His height is 5 ft 9 inches which is 175 in centimeters. Farhan’s cute smile with soft facial features and tapering jawline has attracted a lot of people towards him. His attractive personality is enhanced by his black hair and dark brown eyes. Moreover, his body measurements are 41 inches chest, 30 inches waist, and 14 inches biceps approximately.

Name Farhan Akhtar
Nick Name Bulbul (by his nanny)
Birthdate 9 January 1974
Age 48 years old (as of year 2022)
Birth Place Mumbai, Maharashtra India
Gender Male
Nationality Indian
Religion Christianity
Profession Actor, Producer, Director, Screenwriter, Singer
Zodiac Sign Capricorn
Hobbies Collecting Gadgets, Singing
Debut Appearance Film (Director): Dil Chahta Hai

(Actor): Rock On!!

(Producer): Don

Tattoo On his right shoulder: dolphin/shark
Net Worth ₹140 Crores ($22 Million)

Physical Appearance

Height(Approx) In feet:5’9”
In centimetre: 175 cm
Weight(Approx) In kilogram: 70 kg
In pounds: 154 lbs
Hair Color Black
Eye Color Dark Brown
Food Habits Non-Vegetarian

Family Background, Education

Father Name Javed Akhtar (Lyricist and Scriptwriter)

Mother Name Honey Irani, Shabana Azmi (Stepmother)

Honey Irani

Siblings Sister: Zoya Akhtar (Elder, Director & Screenwriter)
Zoya Akhtar

Brother: None

School Maneckji Cooper School, Mumbai
College H.R. College of Commerce and Economics
Education Qualification High School

Girlfriend, Wife, Marriage

Marital Status Divorced
Girlfriend Adhuna Bhabani (Hairstylist)

Shraddha Kapoor (Actress)

Shibani Dandekar (Actress, VJ)

Shibani Dandekar

Wife/Spouse Adhuna Bhabani (m.2000-div.2016)
Children Daughter : Shakya & Akira


Favorite Things & Assets

Favorite Actor Martin Scorsese, Ridley Scott, Woody Allen, Billy Wilder, Guru Dutt, Bimal Roy, Raj Kapoor, Vijay Anand, and Robert Di Nero
Favorite Sports Football, Tennis
Favorite Actress Preity Zinta
Favorite Director Alfred Hitchcock
Car Collection Range Rover Red Edition, M350 CDI SUV, Porsche Cayman, Honda CRV

Social Media Accounts

Instagram Farhan Akhtar
Twitter Farhan Akhtar


Farhan worked as a film distributor for filmmaker Yash Raj Chopra at the age of 17 and spent three years in an advertisement production firm in 1991. Later, he became an assistant and worked on films such as Lame and Himalya Putra in 1997. He wrote his first breakthrough picture, Dil Chahta Hai, in 2001, which was critically applauded by the public, and he was in Sydney for the film’s production. In 2002, he was one of nine judges in the Femina Miss India beauty pageant, and his attention was drawn to models.

He was also a judge in the dancing reality programme Nach Baliye. Farhan directed the remake of Don, starring Saha Rukh Khan, in 2006, which was a box-office success. Don 2: The King Is Back (2011), Fukrey (2013), and Dil Dhadakne Do are some of his productions as a producer and director . In the film ‘Rock On!!’ in 2008, he made his debut as a singer and actor. He has appeared in several Bollywood films, including Karthik Calling Karthik (2010), Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara (2011), Bhaag Milkha Bhaag (2013), and Toofan (2020).

Later, he was applauded for his roles in Zoya’s cast comedy-drama Dil Dhadakne Do (2015) and Bejoy Nambiar’s criminal thriller Wazir (2016), his first major action movie. Apart from a pre-empted replacement for Dil Dhadakne Do co-star Rahul Bose in the comedy Shaadi Ke Side Effects (2014), he has subsequently starred in the crime thriller Lucknow Central (2017), The Sky Is Pink (2019), and the Amazon Original feature Toofaan (2021), which reintroduced him with Mehra.

Awards and Achievements of Farhan Akhtar

National Awards

2002: Best Feature Film in Hindi for Dil Chahta Hai

2009: Best Feature Film in Hindi for Rock On!!

Filmfare Awards

2002: Critics Award for Best Movie, Best Screenplay for Dil Chahta Hai

2009: Best Male Debut for Rock On!!

2012: Best Supporting Actor for Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara

2014: Best Actor for Bhaag Milkha Bhaag

Relationship Status

After a three-year of relationship with Adhuna Bhabani, he married her in 2000.  They initially met during making of Dil Chahta Hai which is his directorial debut, which also signified Bhabani’s breakthrough as a Bollywood hairstylist.   Shakya and Akira are the couple’s two daughters.   After 16 years of marriage, they announced their separation on January 21, 2016.   On April 24, 2017, their divorce was completed, and Bhabani was handed custody of their children.

Since 2018, Akhtar has been in a relationship with VJ Shibani Dandekar.

Net Worth

This talented personality, Farhan has gathered a very handsome amount of money through his professional career as a actor as well as a singer. His net worth can be estimated as $22 million as of 2021. In fact, he accumulated most of this money by being one of the most successful actors in the whole Hindi film industry.

Some Amazing Facts At A Glance About Farhan Akhtar

  • Netizens criticized him for tweeting ‘Save Bhopal, vote against Sadhvi Pragya’ a week after the election in 2019.
  • His babysitter used to call him ‘Bulbul,’ and his girlfriend, Shibani, nicknamed him ‘Foo.’
  • Farhan is an atheist, just like his father and sister.
  • He is a fitness fanatic who brings his cooked lunch with him while filming, which generally consists of grilled chicken or fish.
  • Farhan is very fond of travelling, cooking, and reading books.
  • He has inked a tattoo of a dolphin/shark on his right shoulder.
  • Farhan draws inspiration from American actor, producer, and director Robert De Niro.
  • According to reports, he suffers from Katsaridaphobia, or a fear of cockroaches.
  • In 2002, he served as a judge for Femina Miss India, a well-known beauty contest.
  • In an interview, he stated that after his parents separated, his friends were a huge support to him.
  • He has been involved with UN Women (The United Nations entity for gender equality and the empowerment of women).
  • In August 2012, Farhan created a social movement called ‘Men Against Rape and Discrimination,’ or ‘MARD,’ just after female lawyer was sexually attacked and killed by a watchman.

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