Articles about Farhan Akhtar

Born on January 9, 1974, Indian actor, director, screenwriter, playback singer, producer, and television host Farhan Akhtar is best known for movies ‘Rock On!!’ (2008), ‘Luck By Chance’ (2009), ‘Karthik Calling Karthik’ (2010), ‘Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara’ (2011), ‘Bhaag Milkha Bhaag’ (2013), and ‘Dil Dhadakne Do’ (2015). Son of Indian poet, lyricist, and screenwriter Javed Akhtar and actor Honey Irani, Akhtar made his Bollywood debut as an assistant director at the age of 17 years, with Yash Chopra’s ‘Lamhe’ (1991). After establishing his production company named Excel Entertainment in 1999 along with Indian film producer Ritesh Sidhwani, he made his directorial debut with ‘Dil Chahta Hai’ in 2001. As of 2021, he has directed at least six Bollywood movies. He made his acting debut with ‘Rock On.’ As of 2021, he has appeared in at least 15 Bollywood movies. He is the brother of Indian film director Zoya Akhtar, and is the cousin of Farah Khan and Sajid Khan. And grandson of Urdu poet Jan Nisar Akhtar, and great-grandson of poet Muztar Khairabadi. He married British hairstylist Adhuna Bhabani in 2000 but the couple separated in 2016. The duo has two daughters. He is in a relationship with VJ Shibani Dandekar since 2018. He is the recipient of four Filmfare Awards and two National Awards.

Why are heroes refusing to star in 'Jee Le Zaraa'?

29 Nov 2021

Why are heroes refusing to star in 'Jee Le Zaraa'?

Back in August this year, Farhan Akhtar had surprised his fans by announcing his next directorial.

Farhan-Zoya bringing us another friendship tale, 'Kho Gaye Hum Kahan'

16 Sep 2021

Farhan-Zoya bringing us another friendship tale, 'Kho Gaye Hum Kahan'

Another tale of friendship, another set of new pals!

'Jee Le Zaraa': Priyanka-Katrina-Alia team up for Farhan Akhtar's directorial

10 Aug 2021

'Jee Le Zaraa': Priyanka-Katrina-Alia team up for Farhan Akhtar's directorial

Farhan Akhtar just announced his next directorial, titled Jee Le Zaraa, for which he has roped in a stellar cast.

'Dil Chahta Hai' sequel never been on my mind: Farhan

09 Aug 2021

'Dil Chahta Hai' sequel never been on my mind: Farhan

For two decades, fans have wondered whether their favorite on-screen friends, Akash, Sid, and Sameer from Dil Chahta Hai would reunite, this time perhaps to discuss the mid-life crisis, but filmmaker Farhan Akhtar says he has not thought about continuing the film's storyline.

Farhan Akhtar, Randeep Hooda laud boxer Satish Kumar

02 Aug 2021

Farhan Akhtar, Randeep Hooda laud boxer Satish Kumar

Actors Farhan Akhtar and Randeep Hooda on Monday celebrated boxer Satish Kumar's gutsy performance at the ongoing Tokyo Olympics, where he fought with the reigning world champion Bakhodir Jalolov despite multiple stitches on his forehead and chin.

'Toofaan' review: Farhan Akhtar starrer is not just about boxing

16 Jul 2021

'Toofaan' review: Farhan Akhtar starrer is not just about boxing

Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra's directorial, Toofaan, has been released today on Amazon Prime Video, and Farhan Akhtar is outstanding in it.

#BoycottToofaan trends again; film slammed for allegedly promoting 'love jihad'

10 Jul 2021

#BoycottToofaan trends again; film slammed for allegedly promoting 'love jihad'

Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra's upcoming movie starring Farhan Akhtar Toofaan is touted to be a sports flick, chronicling the life of national-level boxer Aziz Ali.

'Jo Tum Aa Gaye Ho' review: 'Toofaan' falls in love

08 Jul 2021

'Jo Tum Aa Gaye Ho' review: 'Toofaan' falls in love

Farhan Akhtar released a song today from his movie Toofaan titled Jo Tum Aa Gaye Ho.

Farhan Akhtar embodies goon-turned-boxer Aziz Ali in 'Toofaan' trailer

30 Jun 2021

Farhan Akhtar embodies goon-turned-boxer Aziz Ali in 'Toofaan' trailer

First announced in January 2020, Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra-directorial Toofaan went through a lot of turmoil and is finally getting released on July 16.

With 'Toofaan,' Farhan was reminded of Aamir in 'Rangeela'

30 Jun 2021

With 'Toofaan,' Farhan was reminded of Aamir in 'Rangeela'

Actor Farhan Akhtar on Wednesday said he "relished" playing the role of a boxer in his upcoming film Toofaan, a part that reminded him of Aamir Khan's flamboyant Munna, a film ticket-seller in the black market in the 1995 hit film Rangeela.

Farhan Akhtar's 'Toofaan' streams on July-16, 'great date,' jokes Katrina

16 Jun 2021

Farhan Akhtar's 'Toofaan' streams on July-16, 'great date,' jokes Katrina

Farhan Akhtar took to social media today to announce the release date of his much-awaited and much-delayed sports flick Toofaan.

Salman, Farhan, Zoya to produce documentary on Salim-Javed

15 Jun 2021

Salman, Farhan, Zoya to produce documentary on Salim-Javed

The story behind the formidable writer duo Salim Khan and Javed Akhtar will be brought to the screen in a documentary produced by their children, superstar Salman Khan, actor Farhan Akhtar, and filmmaker Zoya Akhtar.

Farhan Akhtar starrer 'Toofaan' postponed in view of COVID-19 situation

04 May 2021

Farhan Akhtar starrer 'Toofaan' postponed in view of COVID-19 situation

Farhan Akhtar has announced that his upcoming sports drama Toofaan has been postponed, in view of the grave COVID-19 situation in the country.

Is Farhan Akhtar shooting for a Marvel project in Bangkok?

09 Apr 2021

Is Farhan Akhtar shooting for a Marvel project in Bangkok?

Farhan Akhtar, who dons many hats including actor, director and producer, is reportedly working on a Marvel Studios project in Bangkok.

'Toofaan' teaser out: Farhan Akhtar shines in intense sports drama

13 Mar 2021

'Toofaan' teaser out: Farhan Akhtar shines in intense sports drama

A teaser of Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra directorial Toofaan got dropped yesterday.

Farhan's 'Toofaan' will release on May 21 on Amazon Prime

10 Mar 2021

Farhan's 'Toofaan' will release on May 21 on Amazon Prime

While many movies are securing theatrical release dates after the Centre eased pandemic-related restrictions, many are still sticking to the OTT platforms.

Farhan Akhtar's 'Toofan' takes OTT route, won't release in cinemas

08 Mar 2021

Farhan Akhtar's 'Toofan' takes OTT route, won't release in cinemas

Even though several movies are now securing theatrical release dates for themselves, OTT platforms have still not lost their charm.

'Mirzapur': Allahabad High Court stays arrest of show's makers

30 Jan 2021

'Mirzapur': Allahabad High Court stays arrest of show's makers

The Allahabad High Court has stayed the arrest of web series Mirzapur's producers, Farhan Akhtar and Ritesh Sidhwani, in connection with a First Information Report (FIR) filed against them.

Paresh Rawal set to complete Rishi Kapoor's final film

16 Jan 2021

Paresh Rawal set to complete Rishi Kapoor's final film

Actor Paresh Rawal has been roped in to complete the remaining portions of late actor Rishi Kapoor in his final film Sharmaji Namkeen.

Rhea Chakraborty should get a fair trial, says Rumi Jaffery

08 Jan 2021

Rhea Chakraborty should get a fair trial, says Rumi Jaffery

Actor Rhea Chakraborty had a tumultuous last year after the tragic death of her boyfriend, fellow actor Sushant Singh Rajput.

Delhi HC seeks response from TV channels on producers' plea

09 Nov 2020

Delhi HC seeks response from TV channels on producers' plea

The Delhi High Court on Monday issued notices to Republic TV and Times Now, asking them to respond to Bollywood producers' plea seeking to restrain the news channels from making allegedly irresponsible and derogatory remarks about the film industry.

Ahead of 'Mirzapur 2,' Amazon Prime drops ultimate recap video

14 Oct 2020

Ahead of 'Mirzapur 2,' Amazon Prime drops ultimate recap video

Fans are ticking days off the calendar as Mirzapur 2 nears its premiere date.

Top Bollywood filmmakers file case against Republic TV, Times Now

12 Oct 2020

Top Bollywood filmmakers file case against Republic TV, Times Now

More than 30 leading Bollywood filmmakers have filed a case in the Delhi High Court against two top news channels over their coverage of actor Sushant Singh Rajput's death case investigation.

'Mirzapur 2' to launch official trailer tomorrow

05 Oct 2020

'Mirzapur 2' to launch official trailer tomorrow

Hold your breath. Amazon Prime Video India is all set to launch the trailer of the second season of its popular series Mirzapur, tomorrow.

NCB to summon 25 Bollywood A-listers in drugs case: Reports

11 Sep 2020

NCB to summon 25 Bollywood A-listers in drugs case: Reports

The Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB), which is currently probing a drugs case related to actor Sushant Singh Rajput's death, will likely summon 25 Bollywood celebrities who have been named by the accused, according to reports.

SSR case: Shibani Dandekar quashes rumors of being 'mystery girl'

25 Aug 2020

SSR case: Shibani Dandekar quashes rumors of being 'mystery girl'

Ever since the tragic death of Bollywood star Sushant Singh Rajput, countless conspiracy theories and rumors have been circulating on social media.

'Phone Bhoot': Katrina, Siddhant, Ishaan team up for horror-comedy

20 Jul 2020

'Phone Bhoot': Katrina, Siddhant, Ishaan team up for horror-comedy

Got any bhoot-related problems? Stop worrying, desi ghost-busters Katrina Kaif, Siddhant Chaturvedi, and Ishaan Khatter are coming to rescue you.

What made news in the entertainment world today?

16 Jul 2020

What made news in the entertainment world today?

In perhaps the biggest-ever announcement from Netflix India, the streaming giant on Thursday unveiled a line-up of 17 Indian movies and shows, that will be out in coming months.

Farhan slams Abhay for take on 'ZNMD' and award shows

30 Jun 2020

Farhan slams Abhay for take on 'ZNMD' and award shows

Recently, Abhay Deol expressed his disappointment with Bollywood award shows, revealing that he and co-star Farhan Akhtar were "demoted" to "Supporting Actors" for Zoya Akhtar's 2011 movie Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara, a tale of three friends.

Boycotted awards because I was nominated as supporting actor: Abhay

19 Jun 2020

Boycotted awards because I was nominated as supporting actor: Abhay

Abhay Deol, who has a reputation for calling a spade a spade, has once again taken a dig at how the movie business works.

Bollywood mourns another loss as Producers Guild CEO passes away

01 May 2020

Bollywood mourns another loss as Producers Guild CEO passes away

In yet another grave loss to the Indian film fraternity, Kulmeet Makkar, the CEO of the Film and Television Producers Guild of India, passed away. He was 60.

Shabana Azmi is sedated but coherent, says Boney Kapoor

20 Jan 2020

Shabana Azmi is sedated but coherent, says Boney Kapoor

Veteran actress Shabana Azmi, who is currently admitted in the ICU at Mumbai's Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital, is under sedation but coherent and talking normally, shared film producer Boney Kapoor, who visited her at the hospital.

Jeff Bezos calls SRK 'humble'; Khan's response cracks him up

18 Jan 2020

Jeff Bezos calls SRK 'humble'; Khan's response cracks him up

If you've been looking for a lesson in acceptance and self-deprecating humor, learn it from Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan.

Farhan Akhtar and Shibani Dandekar to get married in 2020?

12 Jan 2020

Farhan Akhtar and Shibani Dandekar to get married in 2020?

Actors Farhan Akhtar and Shibani Dandekar are all set to tie the knot by the end of this year, according to reports. The two have been dating for around two years now.

Bollywood-Piyush Goyal meeting: Who attended and who skipped the meet?

06 Jan 2020

Bollywood-Piyush Goyal meeting: Who attended and who skipped the meet?

Last night, the Centre organized a special dinner with Bollywood celebrities as part of its outreach program for the contentious Citizenship Amendment Act.

To amplify support for CAA, Centre reaches out to Bollywood

05 Jan 2020

To amplify support for CAA, Centre reaches out to Bollywood

In its ongoing scheme to amplify support for the newly-implemented Citizenship (Amendment) Act or CAA, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led central government has now reached out to members of Mumbai's glitzy entertainment industry.

8 Bollywood films to look forward to in 2020

04 Jan 2020

8 Bollywood films to look forward to in 2020

Given the stage set by 2018 in terms of exciting content-driven cinema, 2019 was a boring and disappointing year for Bollywood films. With a pool of shoddy biopics and cringeworthy comedies, the year 2019 was rather unremarkable.

People call for boycott of Farhan Akhtar's 'Toofan': Here's why

03 Jan 2020

People call for boycott of Farhan Akhtar's 'Toofan': Here's why

Even as Farhan Akhtar shared his much-awaited first look from the upcoming sports film Toofan, a section of netizens wasn't quite pleased with Farhan and his film.

Farhan Akhtar shares his first look from sports film 'Toofan'

02 Jan 2020

Farhan Akhtar shares his first look from sports film 'Toofan'

On Thursday, Farhan Akhtar gave an amazing New Year gift to his fans, as he shared his first look from the upcoming sports-drama film Toofan. Farhan will be seen playing the role of a professional boxer in the movie.

Police complaint filed against Farhan Akhtar over anti-CAA tweet

21 Dec 2019

Police complaint filed against Farhan Akhtar over anti-CAA tweet

On Friday, a police complaint was filed against actor/director Farhan Akhtar for allegedly posting seditious content and distorting facts about the newly-implemented Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA).