Farhan Akhtar Biography, Height, Age, Wife, Girlfriend, Family & More

Farhan Akhtar is an Indian actor, director, screenwriter, playback singer, producer, and television host who works in Hindi films. Born in Mumbai to screenwriters Javed Akhtar and Honey Irani, he grew up under the influence of the Hindi film industry.

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Nickname: Bulbul
Marital Status: Divorced
Age: 47 Years
Farhan Akhtar Biography
Farhan Akhtar Biography
Farhan Akhtar Biography
Nickname Bulbul (by his nanny)
Profession(s) Actor, Producer, Director, Screenwriter, Singer
Physical Stats & More
Height (approx.) centimeters– 175 cm
meters– 1.75 m
feet inches– 5’ 9”
Weight (approx.) in kilograms– 70 kg
in pounds– 154 lbs
Body Measurements (approx.) – Chest: 41 inches
– Waist: 30 inches
– Biceps: 14 inches
Eye Colour Dark Brown
Hair Colour Black
Debut Film (Director): Dil Chahta Hai (2001)

Dil Chahta Hai
Film (Actor): Rock On!! (2008)

Rock On!!
Film (Producer): Don (2006)


Awards, Honours, Achievements 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 BhaagNational Awards
2002: Best Feature Film in Hindi for Dil Chahta HaiNational Awards
2009: Best Feature Film in Hindi for Rock On!!
Personal Life
Date of Birth 9 January 1974
Age (as in 2021) 47 Years
Birthplace Mumbai, Maharashtra India
Zodiac sign/Sun sign Capricorn
Nationality Indian
Hometown Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh (Settled in Mumbai)
School Maneckji Cooper School, Mumbai
College/University H.R. College of Commerce and Economics (he was dismissed from the college in the 2nd year due to attendance shortage)
Educational Qualification High School
Religion Atheist
Food Habit Non-Vegetarian
Address Sea Spring Bungalow No 1, B J Road, Bandstand, Mumbai – 400050
Hobbies Collecting Gadgets, Singing
Tattoo(s) On his right shoulder: dolphin/shark


Relationships & More
Marital Status Divorced
Affairs/Girlfriends Adhuna Bhabani (Hairstylist)

Adhuna Bhabani
Shraddha Kapoor (Actress)

Shraddha Kapoor
Shibani Dandekar (Actress, VJ)

Shibani Dandekar

Marriage Date Year– 2000
Wife/Spouse Adhuna Bhabani (m.2000-div.2016)


Children Son: None
Daughters: Shakya & AkiraFarhan-Akhtar-with-His-Daughters
Parents Father– Javed Akhtar (Lyricist and Scriptwriter)

Mother– Honey Irani (Actress & screenwriter, Farhan’s mother by birth),


Shabana Azmi (Stepmother)


Siblings Brother– None
Sister– Zoya Akhtar (Elder, Director & Screenwriter)Sister
Favorite Things
Favorite Food(s) Homemade food, The classic Mumbai Vada Pao, Kebabs, Mutton Biryani
Favorite Actor(s) Bollywood: Guru Dutt, Bimal Roy, Raj Kapoor, Vijay Anand
Hollywood: Robert Di Nero, Martin Scorsese, Ridley Scott, Woody Allen, Billy Wilder
Favorite Director Alfred Hitchcock
Favorite Actress Preity Zinta
Favorite Film The Wizard of Oz (1939)
Favorite Sports Football, Tennis
Favorite Genre Action
Favorite Vegetable Bhindi
Style Quotient
Cars Collection Range Rover Red Edition, M350 CDI SUV,

Porsche Cayman,

Porsche Cayman
Honda CRV

Money Factor
Salary (approx.) ₹10 crore/film
Net Worth (approx.) ₹140 Crores ($22 Million)
Farhan Akhtar Biography
Farhan Akhtar Biography

Some Lesser Known Facts About Farhan Akhtar Biography

  • Does Farhan Akhtar smoke?: No (Quit)
  • Does Farhan Akhtar drink alcohol?: Yes
    Farhan Akhtar with a bottle of alcohol
    Farhan Akhtar with a bottle of alcohol
  • He belongs to a family of poets and writers; like his grandfather, Jan Nisar Akhtar was an Urdu poet, who was the great-grandson of the poet Muztar Khairabadi.
  • Since his childhood, he has had 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 a very naughty and mysterious child; as once her mom told that while she was busy in her meeting, Frahan came and asked to bath in her room, to which she agreed. Later, she found that Farhan was bathing on her bed with a tub and mug in his hand.
  • Once, he was dismissed from HR College in the second year of his Commerce degree.
  • In his teens, he worked as a film distributor for Yash Raj Films, and then he worked for 3 years at Script Shop under the team of advertisement production.
  • Initially, he worked as an assistant director in films such as Lamhe and Himalay Putra.
    Farhan Akhtar assisted in Direction Of Movies Lamhe and Himalay Putra
    Farhan Akhtar assisted in Direction Of Movies Lamhe and Himalay Putra
  • In spite of watching ‘Sholay’ 50 times, he didn’t find it perfect and said that ‘Deewar’ was much better than that.
  • He was very young when his parents got separated and his father, Javed Akhtar, married actress Shabana Azmi in 1984.
    Farhan Akhtar’s Childhood Photo
    Farhan Akhtar’s Childhood Photo
  • He has Katsaridaphobia, i.e. fear of cockroaches and he dreams of overcoming it one day.
  • Farhan was the first choice for the film Rang De Basanti, but later it went to Aamir Khan.
  • Farhan wrote “Dil Chahta Hai” when his mother gave him an ultimatum that she will throw him out of the house if he didn’t do anything with his life.
  • In 2002, he appeared as one of the nine judges in Femina Miss India, a famous beauty pageant.
  • He gets on his nerves whenever he sees some unorganized stuff around him.
  • Although he knew to ride a car since his 20s, he learned to ride the bike at the time he signed Karthik Calling Karthik.
  • After he solved Rubik’s cube for his movie Karthik Calling Karthik, he became so passionate and addicted to it that he used to solve it everywhere at parties, shoots, meetings, and get-togethers.
    Farhan Akhtar in Karthik Calling Karthik
    Farhan Akhtar in 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.
  • He was offered a role in Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra‘s 2006 film ‘Rang De Basanti’, but he declined the offer; as he wasn’t interested in doing acting at that time.
  • While writing the script of Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara, he planned to star Shah Rukh, but SRK dropped out. Farhan has played the role of a person who has a fear of skydiving, but in real life, he is a certified skydiver.
    Farhan Akhtar with Hrithik And Abhay in Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara
    Farhan Akhtar with Hrithik And Abhay in Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara
  • 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.

Farhan Akhtar In Bhaag Milkha Bhaag

  • Famous personalities- Farah Khan and Sajid Khan are his cousins.
    Farhan Akhtar with Farah Khan And Sajid Khan
    Farhan Akhtar with Farah Khan And Sajid Khan
  • He is the ambassador of UN Women’s Goodwill.
    Farhan Akhtar at a UN Women’s Goodwill Event
    Farhan Akhtar at a UN Women’s Goodwill Event
  • For the dog named Pluto to act and lick in his film, Dil Dhadakne Do, he applied a pack of vanilla ice cream onto his face before every shot of that scene. Moreover, the film was his ninth collaboration with his sister Zoya Akhtar.
  • The idea of launching MARD (Men Against Rape and Discrimination) came into his mind when a lawyer named Pallavi Purkayastha was first sexually assaulted and then killed by her home watchman.
    MARD by Farhan Akhtar
    MARD by Farhan Akhtar
  • His favorite genre is action in acting, and he once told that in his childhood, he was so curious to do stunts and action that he punched on his sister’s nose by mistake.
  • Robert DiNero, a famous Hollywood legend is his inspiration.
    Farhan Akhtar with his Inspiration Robert De Niro
    Farhan Akhtar with his Inspiration Robert De Niro
  • His sister revealed many secrets about him in an interview; she told that Farhan used to watch a lot of movies in his childhood and if he liked the film, he used to get into his favorite character and roam around in the house for days or even weeks.
  • He is considered as the all-rounder of Bollywood; as he is a director, producer, actor, and singer. Here’s a video showcasing his singing at the Indian of the Year awards:

  • His ex-wife Adhuna is seven years elder than him, they both dated for three years before getting married in 2000.
  • He is a travel buff and also has a sweet tooth. He can do anything for maintaining his fitness, but he cannot avoid eating sweet dishes.
  • The tattoo on his right shoulder was made by mistake, as he was drunk and went to a shop and had it.
  • Farhan has also appeared in various advertisements for multitudinous brands like Pureit, Chivas Regal, Britannia Nutri Choice Biscuits, IndusInd Bank, Dulux Paint, and Titan Industries, etc.
  • His sister, Zoya revealed that Farhan is very good at lying.

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