Zoya Akhtar

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Zoya Akhtar
Zoya Akhtar at her candid best at IIFA 2012 - Day 8.jpg
Zoya Akhtar at the 13th IIFA Awards, 2012
Born (1972-10-14) 14 October 1972 (age 41)
Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
Occupation director, screenwriter
Years active 1999—present
Religion Atheist
Relatives Javed Akhtar (Father)
Farhan Akhtar (Brother)
Honey Irani (Mother)

Zoya Akhtar (born 14 October 1972) is a contemporary Indian film director. She made her debut as director with critically acclaimed Luck By Chance (2009).[1][2] In 2011, she directed the critically and commercially successful film Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara and won her Filmfare Award for Best Director. Acted in Kamasutra: a tale of love.

Personal life[edit]

Zoya Akhtar was born on 14 October 1972 in Mumbai to poet, lyricist and screenwriter Javed Akhtar and screenwriter Honey Irani. Zoya's stepmother is Shabana Azmi. Zoya is the sister of Farhan Akhtar and granddaughter of Urdu poet Jan Nisar Akhtar. She went to school at Maneckji Cooper and earned her Bachelors of Arts degree at St. Xavier's College, both in Mumbai. Later, she joined the New York University Film School to learn film production.

Early career[edit]

Zoya started her career as an actress in Kamasutra movie, where she played one of the disciples of Rekha. Zoya has worked on a number of commercials including Pepsi and Finolex. She has co-directed a music video called "Price of Bullets" for a rock band. She has worked as a casting director for films including Dil Chahta Hai, Kamasutra: A Tale of Love and Split Wide Open, and as an assistant director for her brother Farhan's films, Lakshya and Dil Chahta Hai. She then worked as an executive producer for her longtime friend Reema Kagti's Honeymoon Travels Pvt. Ltd., also produced by Excel Entertainment.[3]

Direction[edit]

Zoya made her directorial debut with Luck By Chance which was well-received[1] by critics, despite not doing well at the box office.[4] In 2011, she directed Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara, a multistarrer with Hrithik Roshan, Abhay Deol, Farhan Akhtar, Katrina Kaif and Kalki Koechlin.[5] It turned out to be a huge box office success and was well received by critics and won her Filmfare Award for Best Director. After the film's release, Zoya Akhtar expressed an idea to make a sequel of the film. Speaking about it, she said "You never know, I might or may not make a sequel. It all depends on the right content."[6] She is currently working on Dil Dhadakne Do, a film based on a dysfunctional Punjabi family starring Ranveer Singh and Priyanka Chopra as brother and sister, with Anushka Sharma and Farhan Akhtar as their respective love interests and Anil Kapoor as their father.[7]

Filmography[edit]

Director[edit]

Year Film Notes
2009 Luck By Chance Filmfare Award for Best Debut Director (shared with Ayan Mukerji)
2011 Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara Filmfare Award for Best Director[8]
IIFA Award for Best Director
Zee Cine Award for Best Director
Apsara Award for Best Director
2013 Bombay Talkies
2015 Dil Dhadakne Do

Screenplay Writer[edit]

Year Film Notes
2009 Luck By Chance
2011 Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara
2012 Talaash

Story Writer[edit]

Year Film Notes
2009 Luck By Chance
2011 Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara
2012 Talaash
2015 Dil Dhadakne Do along with Sagar Sharma

Assistant Director[edit]

Year Film Notes
1998 Bombay Boys
2001 Dil Chahta Hai
2004 Lakshya

Executive Producer[edit]

Year Film Notes
2007 Honeymoon Travels Pvt. Ltd.
2009 Luck By Chance

Other[edit]

She appeared on the Valentine's Day charity show of Kaun Banega Crorepati along with her brother Farhan Akhtar.[9] She also produced the soundtrack of Goliyon Ki Rasleela Ram-Leela to favourable critical response.[10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Zoya Akhtar". Outlook. 9 February 2009. Retrieved 28 March 2010. 
  2. ^ "'I'm obsessed with people'". Rediff. 7 September 2009. Retrieved 28 March 2010. 
  3. ^ "Zoya Akhtar". Excel Entertainment. 
  4. ^ Adarsh, Taran. "Box office Top 5". Bollywood hungama. Retrieved 2 July 2011. 
  5. ^ "Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara: Cast and Crew details". Bollywood Hungama. Retrieved 2 July 2011. 
  6. ^ Renuka Vyavahare (18 October 2012). "Hrithik high on ZNMD sequel". The Times of India. Retrieved 27 November 2011. 
  7. ^ "Zoya Akhtar's film is about a dysfunctional Punjabi family". Times of India. 23 February 2014. Retrieved 23 February 2014. 
  8. ^ Zoya Announced as Best Director for ZNMD 2012
  9. ^ "Discuss: A Shah Rukh Valentine". Rediff. 14 February 2007. Retrieved 28 March 2010. 
  10. ^ "Ram-Leela". Wikipedia. 15 September 2013. 

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