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Zoya Akhtar (born 14 October 1972) is an Indian film director and screenwriter. After completing a diploma in filmmaking from NYU, she assisted directors such as Mira Nair, Tony Gerber and Dev Benegal, before becoming a writer and director herself. Akhtar is the recipient of several accolades, including 6 Filmfare Awards.
She has directed movies such as Luck by Chance (2009), Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara (2011) and Sheila Ki Jawani, a segment of Bombay Talkies (2013). She has co-written Talaash (2012) alongside Reema Kagti. She then went on to direct Dil Dhadakne Do (2015) and Gully Boy (2019).
Zoya Akhtar was born to poet, lyricist and screenwriter Javed Akhtar and screenwriter Honey Irani. Akhtar's stepmother is actress Shabana Azmi.Her younger brother, Farhan Akhtar, is an actor and director. She attended Maneckji Cooper and earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from St. Xavier's College, both from Mumbai. Later, she joined the New York University Tisch School of the Arts to learn film production.
Her great-grandfather, Fazl-e-Haq Khairabadi, a scholar of Islamic studies and theology, edited the first diwan of Mirza Ghalib on his request and later became a figure during the Indian Rebellion of 1857 in his native Khairabad.
She is great-granddaughter of Urdu poet Muztar Khairabadi and granddaughter of poet Jan Nisar Akhtar.
Akhtar grew up in an agnostic environment and along with her brother Farhan and father Javed Akhtar, and does not believe in any religion.
Akhtar started her career as the co-director of a music video called Price of Bullets for a rock band called Pentagram. She has worked as a casting director for films including Split Wide Open (1999) and Dil Chahta Hai (2001), and as an assistant director for her brother Farhan Akhtar's films Dil Chahta Hai and Lakshya (2004). She then worked as an executive producer for her longtime associate and friend Reema Kagti's Honeymoon Travels Pvt. Ltd. (2007), also produced by Excel Entertainment.
Akhtar made her directorial debut with Luck By Chance (2009), starring her brother Farhan Akhtar and Konkona Sen Sharma. It tells the story of a struggling actor who breaks into the industry. The film was well received by critics, despite underperforming at the box office.
In 2011, she directed Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara , which starred an ensemble cast of Hrithik Roshan, Farhan Akhtar, Abhay Deol, Katrina Kaif and Kalki Koechlin.It turned out to be a huge commercial success at the box-office and won her the Filmfare Award for Best Director.
In 2013, Akhtar teamed up with Anurag Kashyap, Dibakar Banerjee and Karan Johar for Bombay Talkies . It was made as a celebration of 100 years of Indian cinema.She then went on to direct Dil Dhadakne Do (2015), a film based on a dysfunctional Punjabi family starring Anil Kapoor as an egotistical industrialist, Shefali Shah as his bitter socialite-wife, and Priyanka Chopra and Ranveer Singh as their children. The film also featured Anushka Sharma and Farhan Akhtar as love interests for Ranveer Singh and Priyanka Chopra respectively.
In 2018, she then again teamed up with Anurag Kashyap, Dibakar Banerjee and Karan Johar for Lust Stories , which premiered on Netflix in June 2018.
After Dil Dhadakne Do, Akhtar directed Gully Boy starring Ranveer Singh and Alia Bhatt.,loosely based on the lives of Mumbai rapper Naezy. Gully Boy won a second Best Director award at Filmfare. She thus became the only female director to win the award twice.
Zoya and Kagti also worked on a story for a web series produced by Tiger Baby Films and Excel Entertainment for Amazon Prime called Made in Heaven, a story about two wedding planners in New Delhi.
She has also been invited to be a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
As of October 2019, she is directing a segment of Ghost Stories (2020), an horror anthology film, consisting of 4 short film segments. Other segments are directed by Anurag Kashyap, Dibakar Banerjee, and Karan Johar.Ghost Stories premiered on Netflix on 1 January 2020.
|2007||Honeymoon Travels Pvt. Ltd.||No||No||Yes|
|2009||Luck By Chance||Yes||Yes||executive||Director Debut|
|2011||Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara||Yes||Yes||No||co-writer : Reema Kagti|
|2012||Talaash||No||Yes||No||co-writer : Reema Kagti|
|2013||Bombay Talkies||Yes||Yes||No||anthology film; Segement: Sheila Ki Jawaani|
|2015||Dil Dhadakne Do||Yes||Yes||No||co-writer : Reema Kagti|
|2018||Lust Stories||Yes||Yes||No||anthology film|
|2019||Gully Boy||Yes||Yes||Yes||co-writer : Reema Kagti|
|2019||Made in Heaven||Yes||Yes||No||TV series|
|2020||Ghost Stories||Yes||Yes||No||An anthology film; Segement: Story 1|
|2007||Honeymoon Travels Pvt. Ltd.||Farhan Akhtar, Ritesh Sidhwani|
|2009||Luck By Chance|
|2004||Bride and Prejudice|
She appeared on the Valentine's Day charity show of Kaun Banega Crorepati along with her brother Farhan Akhtar.She also appeared in a very brief role as Rasa Devi's (Rekha's) courtesan in Kama Sutra: A Tale of Love . She and Shah Rukh Khan had a 'fireside chat' with Jeff Bezos of Amazon in January 2020.
|Luck by Chance||55th Filmfare Awards||Best Story||Nominated|
|Best Debut Director (shared with Ayan Mukerji for Wake Up Sid )||Won|
|Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara||57th Filmfare Awards||Best Director||Won|| |
|13th IIFA Awards||Best Director||Won|
|Best Screenplay with Reema Kagti||Won|
|18th Screen Awards||Best Director||Nominated|
|Best Screenplay with Reema Kagti||Nominated|
|Zee Cine Awards||Best Director||Nominated|
|Best Story with Reema Kagti||Won|
|Star Guild Awards 2012||Best Director||Won|
|Best Screenplay with Reema Kagti||Won|
|Stardust Awards||Dream Director||Nominated|
|Dil Dhadakne Do||22nd Screen Awards 2016||Best Director||Nominated|
|Times of India Film Awards 2016||Best Director||Nominated|
|Gully Boy||26th Screen Awards||Best Director||Won|
|65th Filmfare Awards||Best Director||Won|
|Best Story with Reema Kagti||Nominated|
|Best Screenplay with Reema Kagti||Won|
|Zee Cine Awards||Best Director||Won|
|Critics' Choice Film Awards 2020||Best Director (Hindi)||Won|
|Jagran Film Festival||Best Writing with Reema Kagti||Won|
|Indian Film Festival of Melbourne 2019||Best Director||Nominated|
|9th AACTA Awards||Best Asian Film||Nominated|
|Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival||NETPAC Award for Best Asian Film||Won|
|21st IIFA Awards||Best Director||Pending|
|Best Story with Reema Kagti||Pending|
|Made in Heaven||iReel Awards 2019||Best Writing -Drama with Zoya Akhtar||Nominated|
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Reema Kagti is an Indian film director and screenwriter, who works in Bollywood. She made her debut as director with critically acclaimed Honeymoon Travels Pvt. Ltd. (2007), which was followed by the neo-noir, Talaash (2012) and the historical sports drama Gold . She has collaborated with Zoya Akhtar as a writer on several productions of Excel Entertainment.
"Ik Junoon " is a song by composer trio Shankar Ehsaan Loy for the film Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara. The song was performed by Clinton Cerejo, Vishal Dadlani and Alyssa Mendonsa while the lyrics was penned by Javed Akhtar.
Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara is the soundtrack album to Zoya Akhtar's 2011 Hindi film of the same name starring Hrithik Roshan, Abhay Deol and Farhan Akhtar. The film has seven songs and two remixes composed by Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy with lyrics by Javed Akhtar. The album marks the second collaboration of the trio with Zoya Akhtar, and eighth with Excel Entertainment. The music was released on 17 June 2011 by T-Series.
"Señorita" (transl. Miss) is a song from the 2011 Indian film Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara. It was composed by Shankar Ehsaan Loy and performed by Farhan Akhtar, Hrithik Roshan, Abhay Deol and Spanish singer María del Mar Fernández. The lyrics were penned by Javed Akhtar. The Latino-flavoured Spanish flamenco song is about being yourself and having fun.
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Bombay Talkies is a 2013 Indian Hindi-language anthology film consisting of four short films, directed by Karan Johar, Dibakar Banerjee, Zoya Akhtar and Anurag Kashyap. The film released on 3 May 2013, coinciding with and celebrating the 100th year of Indian cinema and the beginning of a new era in modern cinema. It screened at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival on 17 May 2013.
Dil Dhadakne Do is a 2015 Indian Hindi-language comedy-drama film directed by Zoya Akhtar, and produced by Ritesh Sidhwani and Farhan Akhtar. The film features an ensemble cast of Anil Kapoor, Shefali Shah, Priyanka Chopra, Ranveer Singh, Anushka Sharma and Farhan Akhtar, with a voice-over performance by Aamir Khan as the family dog Pluto, the narrator of the film. The supporting cast also includes Rahul Bose, Zarina Wahab, Vikrant Massey, Pawan Chopra, Parmeet Sethi, Dolly Mattdo and Manoj Pahwa. The film tells the story of the Mehras, a dysfunctional family who invite their family and friends on a cruise trip to celebrate the parents' 30th wedding anniversary and later reconcile.
Gully Boy is a 2019 Indian Hindi-language musical drama film directed by Zoya Akhtar, and written by Akhtar and Reema Kagti. The film was produced by Ritesh Sidhwani, Akhtar and Farhan Akhtar under the banners of Tiger Baby Films and Excel Entertainment productions, with Nas as an executive producer. It stars Ranveer Singh in the titular role and features Alia Bhatt, Kalki Koechlin, Siddhant Chaturvedi, Vijay Varma, Amruta Subhash and Vijay Raaz in supporting roles. Inspired by the lives of Indian street rappers Divine and Naezy, the film is a coming-of-age story about an aspiring street rapper from the Dharavi slums of Mumbai.
Ghost Stories is a 2020 Indian Hindi-language anthology horror film, consisting of four short film segments directed by Karan Johar, Dibakar Banerjee, Zoya Akhtar and Anurag Kashyap. It is co-produced by Ronnie Screwvala and Ashi Dua under their production banner RSVP Movies and Flying Unicorn Entertainment respectively. The film features an ensemble cast including Mrunal Thakur, Avinash Tiwary, Janhvi Kapoor, Raghuvir Yadav, Sobhita Dhulipala, Vijay Varma and Pavail Gulati. It was released on Netflix on January 1, 2020.
Tiger Baby Films is an Indian film production company owned by film directors Zoya Akhtar and Reema Kagti. The company was founded in October 2015.
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