About Zoya Akhtar

Birth Name: Zoya Akhtar

Zoya Akhtar, the daughter of famed lyricist Javed Akhtar always wanted o be a director in Bollywood. The first time that she has ever directed a movie was called Luck By Chance, got rave reviews from the critics.

Date Of Birth: 9 January 1974


Zoya Akhtar was born in Bombay to poet, lyricist and screenwriter Javed Akhtar, twin sister of film director, actor, producer, singer, and lyricist Farhan Akhtar and granddaughter of Urdu poet Jan Nisar Akhtar.

Her mother is screenwriter Honey Irani. She went to school at Maneckji Cooper and earned her Bachelor's of Arts degree at Xavier's College, both in Mumbai. Later, she joined the New York University Film School to learn Film production.

She has co-directed a music video called Price of Bullets for a rock band. She has also worked as a casting director for various films including Dil Chahta Hai, Kamasutra: A Tale of Love and Split Wide Open, and as an assistant director for her brother Farhan's films, Lakshya (film) and Dil Chahta Hai.

She then worked as an executive producer for her longtime friend Reema Kagti's Honeymoon Travels Pvt. Ltd., also produced by Excel Entertainment.

Zoya made her directorial debut with Luck By Chance which was well-received by critics, despite not doing well at the box office.

Her second movie as a director was Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara, a multistarrer with Hrithik Roshan, Abhay Deol, Farhan Akhtar, Katrina Kaif and Kalki Koechlin was a box office hit.

Box Office Collection:

Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara: Rs 108 Crores (10 Days)


As as actor

  1. Kama Sutra (February 6, 1998) (Released) ... Rasa Devi'S Courtesan


    Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara (July 15, 2011) (Released) Kismat Talkies (2011) (Under Production)
  1. Luck By Chance (January 30, 2009) (Released)

Executive Producer

    Honeymoon Travels Pvt Ltd. (February 23, 2007) (Released)
  1. Lakshya (June 18, 2004) (Released)


    Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara (July 15, 2011) (Released)
  1. The Migration (2011) (Under Production)

Story Writer

    Reema Kagti'S Next (January 26, 2012) (Under Production) Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara (July 15, 2011) (Released)
  1. Luck By Chance (January 30, 2009) (Released)


  1. Luck By Chance (January 30, 2009) (Released)


Nominated: Screen Award for Most Promising Debut Director (2010)

Movie: Luck By Chance

Nominated: Apsara Award for Best Story (2010)

Movie: Luck By Chance

Nominated: Apsara Award for Best Screenplay (2010)

Movie: Luck By Chance

Nominated: Stardust Award for Hottest New Director (2010)

Movie: Luck By Chance

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