Zoya Akhtar Age, Wiki, Biography, Family, Affairs, Movies, Networth

Zoya Akhtar
Zoya Akhtar with her father Javed Akhtar

Zoya Akhtar Wiki

NameZoya Akhtar
Nick nameZoya
ProfessionFilm Director and Screenwriter
Famous forDaughter of Javed Akhtar (Lyricist & Scriptwriter)
Debut Film(Director, Screenplay Writer, Story Writer):
Luck By Chance (2009)
Film(Assistant Director): Bombay Boys (1998)
Film(Executive Producer): Honeymoon Travels
Pvt. Ltd. (2007)

Personal Info

Date of birth14-Oct-72
Age (as in 2018)46 Years
BirthplaceMumbai, Maharashtra, India
HometownMumbai, India
Address701, Orchid Pride, Corner of S.V. Rd &
Convent Avenue, Willingdon, Santacruz West,
Mumbai, Maharashtra 400054
Zodiac SignLibra
HobbiesWriting, Reading, Travelling
Zoya Akhtar with her brother Farhan Akhtar

Family Details

FatherJaved Akhtar (Lyricist and Scriptwriter)
MotherHoney Irani (Former Actress and Screenwriter)
BrotherFarhan Akhtar (Actor, Produer, Director, Screenwriter, Singer)

Physical Appearance

HeightIn centimeters – 160 cm
In meters – 1.60 m
In feet inches – 5’3″
WeightIn kilograms – 65 kg
In pounds – 143 lbs
Body Measurements34-30-36
Hair ColorBlack
Eye ColorDark Brown
Shoe Size7
Body ShapeHourglass
Zoya Akhtar

Educational Qualification

SchoolManeckji Cooper, Juhu, Mumbai
CollegeSt. Xavier’s College, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
Tisch School of the Arts, New York
Educational QualificationBachelor of Arts

Marital Status

Marital StatusUnmarried
Boyfriend/AffairsNot known


Favorite FruitMango, Litchi
Favorite ColorBlack
Favorite ActorHrithik Roshan


Net-worth$10 Million



2009Luck By ChanceFilmfare Award for Best Debut
Director (shared with Ayan Mukerji)
2011Zindagi Na Milegi DobaraFilmfare Award for Best Director
2011Zindagi Na Milegi DobaraIIFA Award for Best Director
2011Zindagi Na Milegi DobaraZee Cine Award for Best Director
2011Zindagi Na Milegi DobaraApsara Award for Best Director
2013Bombay TalkiesSegment: Sheila Ki Jawaani
2015Dil Dhadakne DoSegment: Sheila Ki Jawaani
2018Lust StoriesSegment: Sheila Ki Jawaani
2019Gully BoyThe film was selected for screening in
Berlinale special section of 69th BIFF
2019Made in Heaven2 episodes

Screenplay Writer

2009Luck By ChanceSelf
2011Zindagi Na Milegi DobaraSelf
2012TalaashReema Kagti
2019Gully BoySelf
2019Made in HeavenSelf, Alankrita Shrivastava, 
Prashant Nair, Nitya Mehra

Story Writer

2009Luck By ChanceSelf
2011Zindagi Na Milegi DobaraSelf
2012TalaashReema Kagti
2015Dil Dhadakne DoSelf
2019Made in HeavenSelf, Alankrita Shrivastava,
Prashant Nair, Nitya Mehra

Assistant Director

1998Bombay BoysKaizad Gustad
2001Dil Chahta HaiFarhan Akhtar
2004LakshyaFarhan Akhtar

Executive Producer

2007Honeymoon Travels Pvt. Ltd.Farhan Akhtar, Ritesh Sidhwani
2009Luck By ChanceFarhan Akhtar, Ritesh Sidhwani

Zoya Akhtar Biography

Zoya Akhtar

Zoya Akhtar is a well-known Indian film director and screenwriter who have presented several commercially successful films to the Indian showbiz industry.

She is the daughter of famous lyricist and scriptwriter, Javed Akhtar. She has come from a filmy family for which Zoya has been able to get a reputation, actually through her good work.

She started her career as a directing from the movie “Luck By Chance” starring some of the famous actors and actresses such as Faran Akhtar, Konkona Sen Sharma, Hrithik Roshan and more.

She has worked as a director and assistant director in the movies “Bombay Talkies”, “Dil Chahta Hai”, and “Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara” along with the stars Amir Khan, Ranveer Singh, Priyanka Chopra and so on.

Zoya Akhtar was born on 14 October 1972 in Mumbai, Maharashtra, India. Zoya is a daughter of legend Javed Akhtar and screenwriter Honey Irani. She is one of the elegant bachelors of India.

She completed her degree of arts from St. Xavier’s College and later she joined the New York University Film School for film production. She is a cousin of Farah Khan and Sajid Khan.

She is close to the famous director Karan Johar. It is also rumoured that they were in a secret relationship once and were spotted together in many parties and events.

Zoya easily got a chance to enter in Bollywood industry and performed as an assistant director of her brother Farhan Akhtar’s directed movie “Lakshya” and “Dil Chahta Hai”. But before this, she has co-directed in music video “Price of Bullets” for the Pentagram band.

After working a long time for Reema Kagti’s Honeymoon Travels Pvt. Ltd. as an executive producer, she made her own directorial debut from the movie “Luck By Chance”.

Though the movie could not hit the box office, her next directed movie “Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara” was well received by the viewers and the critics. Also, she was awarded by Film fare Award for Best Director too.

Besides this, she has directed “Bombay Talkies”, “Dil Dhadakne Do” and has appeared on small screen advertisement for brands such as Finolex and Pepsi.

Zoya has won many awards and nominations for different movies which include Filmfare Awards, Tokyo International Film Festival Awards, and Awards of International Indian Film Academy.

Zoya With Farhan Akhtar

She has also appeared in the Valentine’s Day charity show “Kaun Banega Crorepati” with her brother Farhan Akhtar. Her next directed flick movie “Gully Boy” starring Ranveer Singh and Alia Bhatt which was a most awaited movie by the viewers and which was released in 2018 and got a huge success.

Zoya Akhtar is one of the highest paid directors of 2017. She has an estimated net worth of $75 million which she earned from directing career. Now she is leaving a lavish lifestyle with her family in the city of Mumbai, India.

Some Lesser Known Facts About Zoya Akhtar

  • Does Zoya Akhtar smoke? Not Known
  • Does Zoya Akhtar drink alcohol? Yes
  • When she was 13 years old, her father gave divorce to her mother and got married to Shabana Azmi.
  • She grew up in an agnostic environment; she doesn’t believe in any religion.
  • She is the great-granddaughter of renowned Urdu poet MuztarKhairabadi and grand-daughter of Jan Nisar Akhtar.
  • Also her great-great-grandfather, Fazl-e-Haq Khairabadi, a scholar of Islamic studies and theology, notably edited the first diwan of Mirza Ghalib on his request, and later became an important figure during the Indian Freedom Revolution of 1857 in his native place Khairabad.
  • She started her career as co-director of a music video called “Price of Bullets” for a rock band called Pentagram.
Zoya Akhtar

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