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The angelic beauty Zoya Akhtar is an Indian Bollywood film director. She made her directorial debut with the 2009 film "Luck By Chance". She has won the Filmfare Award for directing the film Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara. She had been an assistant director for films such as Lakshya, Dil Chahta Hai and Bombay Boys. Apart from films, she has also appeared on the small screen advertisements for brands such as Finolex and Pepsi. Zoya worked as a director in the flick Dil Dhadakne Do.


The renowned Indian movie director Zoya Akhtar was born on 9 January 1974 in the City of Dreams, Mumbai. She did her schooling at Maneckji Cooper and received her Bachelors of Arts degree at St. Xavier's College, in Mumbai. After her education, she joined the New York University Film School to learn film production. She had co-directed a music video titled, "Price of Bullets". She has also took part as an executive producer for the films Luck By Chance and Honeymoon Travels Pvt. Ltd. She appeared on the Valentine's Day charity show of Kaun Banega Crorepati along with her brother Farhan Akhtar.

Zoya Akhtar

Personal Profile

Name : Zoya Akhtar
Date of birth : 9 January 1972
Birth place : Mumbai, India
Age : 43 years
Height : 5'3" approx.
Education: St. Xavier's College-Autonomous, Mumbai, New York University
Occupation : Director, Screenwriter
Father : Javed Akhtar
Mother : Honey Irani
Siblings : Farhan Akhtar
Religion : Islam
Zodiac Sign : Capricorn


Zoya Akhtar was born to famous poet, lyricist and screenwriter Javed Akhtar and Honey Irani. She has one brother Farhan Akhtar, who is a versatile actor, director, screenwriter, producer, playback singer, lyricist and television host as well. Actress Shabana Azmi is her step mother. She is the grand daughter of the renowned Urdu poet, Jan Nisar Akhtar. She is the cousin of Farah Khan and Sajid Khan.


As per the latest reports, Zoya Akhtar is madly in love with a guy. Buzz also releaved that, the duo has tied a knot on October 7th, 2013. This may be the secret marriage along with some friends and a few family members.

Zoya Akhtar and Farhan Akhtar

Farhan and Zoya Akhtar are the children of writers Javed Akhtar and Honey Irani. In an interview Farhan said, "Zoya probably knows more about my life at any point of time than my mom and dad, so I share a deeper level of intimacy with her". She said that, she can't imagine her life without Farhan. They share the best bonding and often fight with eachother.


Your films feel like they come from real life.
Yeah, that is my space, but having said that, if I want to make a movie about the IPL and I know nothing about it, I will research it and read between the lines and find out everything about it.

Do you compare yourself with your brother?
I don't compare. I can compare film to film, but not director to director. Also Farhan can make any film, in any genre. I am still figuring out if I am that versatile. All my films are dramas - I haven't made a war film or a thriller. I am more similar in my space than he is - I find that impressive.

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Screen play Writer

2009 Luck By Chance
2011 Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara
2012 Talaash

Story Writer

2009 Luck By Chance
2011 Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara
2012 Talaash

Executive Producer

2007 Honeymoon Travels Pvt. Ltd.
2009 Luck By Chance


Directed movies 2009 Luck By Chance
2011 Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara
2013 Bombay Talkies
2013 Happy New Year
2015 Dil Dhadakne Do

Assistant Director
1998 Bombay Boys
2001 Dil Chahta Hai
2004 Lakshya

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