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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 latest released 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 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.

Zoya Akhtar

Personal Profile

Name : Zoya Akhtar
Date of birth : 9 January 1972
Birth place : Mumbai, India
Age : 42 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


Bollywood film industry well-known director, Zoya Akhtar has spotted with her boyfriend. Reports said that, they both went on shopping for engagement rings. She is madly in love with him and the relationship is heating up. 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. They belongs to a film family. 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.

Dil Dhadakne Do Movie

Zoya Akhtar's next after Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara has been in the news for quite sometime. Dil Dhadakne Do stars Anil Kapoor, Farhan Akhtar, Anushka Sharma, Ranveer Singh and Priyanka Chopra. It tells the story of a dysfunctional Punjabi family on a cruise trip. Akhtar, spoke about Dil Dhadakne Do...

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.

Bollywood has for long been obsessed with the big, fat happy family. Are you turning that on its head with Dil Dhadakne Do?
I don't get the big happy family... I am not used to that. I don't relate to that. It doesn't move me. I can't identify myself or people I know there. I can relate to films like Khatta Meetha, where everyone is a little dysfunctional. That's my kind of family.

Why choose a luxury cruise as a setting?
Because I needed to get all my characters to come together, and you want them to have access to the same place. You could take them to a hill station or a bungalow, but a ship was new. It was also a metaphor for family - you can't just get off. You are stuck with it. It made sense. I cannot put a ship in Versova, so there had to be travel. When you see the film, you'll know why.

Do you compare yourself with your brother?
A: 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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