The multitalented Farhan Akhtar is an actor, writer, producer, singer and director. But, before becoming an actor he was a filmmaker. He began his career in Bollywood by working as an assistant director in Lamhe (1991).
Farhan started journey in Bollywood with his directorial Dil Chahta Hai, and later helmed films like Lakshya, Don, and Don 2. In 2008, he made his acting debut with the film Rock On.
On the actor’s 48th birthday, we look at his top five performances.
ROCK ON!! (2008)
Farhan Akhtar made his acting debut in Abhishek Kapoor’s Rock On!! and won a Filmfare Award, among others, for his performance. The story revolves around members of a defunct band called Magik, who decide to set aside their differences and get together once again for a music contest. The musical drama gave us some of the finest tracks to groove to and is still considered one of the actor’s best works.
Farhan Akhtar’s sister, filmmaker Zoya Akhter gave him his first leading role in her critically acclaimed directorial debut, Luck By Chance. The film, which also stars Konkona Sen Sharma and Hrithik Roshan, is about a struggling actor’s desire to become a movie star and the consequences of the fame.
ZINDAGI NA MILEGI DOBARA (2011)
The Zoya Akhter-directed slice-of-life ensemble film narrates the story of three friends— Arjun (Hrithik Roshan), Kabir (Abhay Deol) and Imran (Farhan Akhtar), who go on a road trip across Spain before one of them commits to marriage. Akhtar won a host of Best Supporting Actor awards, including a Filmfare Award.
BHAAG MILKHA BHAAG (2013)
The biographical sports drama sees Farhan Akhtar play the role of the legendary Indian track and field sprinter, Milkha Singh. He bagged a Filmfare Award, among others, while the feature won two National Film Awards.
THE SKY IS PINK (2019)
Directed by Shonali Bose, the film tells the true story of Aisha Chaudhary (Zaira Wasim), who passed away at the age of 18 after suffering from severe combined immunodeficiency since birth. Farhan Akhtar and Priyanka Chopra played the leading roles of her parents. The film is about their struggles while dealing with the health complications of Aisha.