Farhan Akhtar is the son of writers Javed Akhtar and Honey Irani, and the step-son of Shabana Azmi. He debuted as a director with the stylishly made Dil Chahta Hai. His film resonated through India's youth and has become a cult film for the under-30 Indian. Follow-up films Lakshya and Don met with mixed success. Farhan is now making his debut as an actor in Rock On, opposite TV actress Prachi Desai. He will also be seen as an actor in sister Zoya's debut directorial venture.
Farhan is married to hair designer Adhuna and has two daughters, Shakya and Akira.