Farhan Akhtar birthday special: 7 lesser known facts about the multi-talented actor!
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Farhan Akhtar’s family background:
His great-great-grandfather Fazl-e-Haq Khairabadi was a scholar of Islamic studies and theology, who notably edited the first diwan of Mirza Ghalib and later became an important figure during the Indian Rebellion of 1857 in his native Khairabad. Farhan is the great-grandson of renowned Urdu poet Muztar Khairabadi. It is also lesser know that Farhan is the cousin of Farah Khan and Sajid Khan (Farhan’s first mother Honey Irani and Farah-Sajid’s mother Menaka Irani are real-life sisters).
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Farhan Akhtar was not good with studies and in fact, he even did DIL CHAHTA HAI by luck:
Farhan’s sister Zoya Akhtar spilled the beans on ‘Koffee With Karan’. She said that Farhan always freaked out their mother Honey Irani by failing in all subjects, in fact he was even dismissed in second year of law from HR college because of short attendance. More so, Farhan Akhtar wrote DIL CHAHTA HAI only when his mother warned him to throw him out of the house if he did not figure out what did he want to do in life.
He was in the industry since long, long back!:
A 17-year-old Farhan Akhtar had assisted Yash Chopra in cinematography and direction for his movie LAMHE (1991). He then even worked for an advertisement production house for 3 years, followed by assisting Pankaj Parashar as a director in HIMALAY PUTRA (1997) before he people knew his name through DIL CHAHTA HAI.
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His secret to doing better:
It isn’t any Bollywood star, but Hollywood actor Robert De Niro where Farhan Akhtar seeks inspiration from. It is further heard that the actor considers his parents as the 'harshest' critics. Well, guess we now know how Farhan keeps getting better with each movie!
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His lyricist journey isn’t limited to Bollywood!:
Not many people may know this, but both Farhan and Zoya also assisted their father with the English lyrics of the song ‘O Re Chori’ (My heart it speaks a thousand words) in LAGAAN. Apart from that, Farhan Akhtar also made his Hollywood debut long ago by penning down the lyrics of the hit Gurinder Chaddha film BRIDE AND PREJUDICE along with Zoya.
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His fears and talents:
Farhan Akhtar is reportedly afraid of cockroaches. While the actor knew how to drive a car at the age of 22, he probably learnt bike riding only after KARTHIK CALLING KARTHIK (which starred him and Deepika Padukone). Apart from the two, the actor has also indulged in adventures like scuba-diving, gliding etc. thanks to being a part of the film ZINDAGI NA MILEGI DOBARA, which required him to do so.
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Goodwill by the actor:
Farhan is the first man appointed as UN Women’s Goodwill Ambassador and the actor reportedly even interacted with Hollywood actors Meryl Streep, Chris Martin, Anne Hathway and Dakota Fanning, former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, who were there to do their bit to support gender equality. Back in India, Farhan Akhtar has started a full-fledged social campaign Men Against Rape and Discrimination (popularly known as MARD). The idea supposedly struck Akhtar when Pallavi Purkayastha, a lawyer by profession, was sexually assaulted and then killed by her home watchman in August 2012.