Farhan Akhtar may be the jack of all trades now, but did you know in the past, he was dismissed from HR college in Mumbai, due to low attendance? He perhaps was completely aware of his talent power at that time, considering he spent his time as a college drop out, watching movies.
Now a bright celebrity, he regards his parents, Javed Akhtar and Honey Irani as his harshest critics, and it is also said that it was his mother who threatened to throw him out of the house if he didn’t make something out of his life. And so was born one of the best movies ever made on friendship- Dil Chahta Hai.
Eventually, we got to see him on screen. That warm smile and unique voice, and oh my, that talent factory of a brain. Today, he is famous for all the right reasons in the country, with some of his myriad of talents being:
He has the skills to write in his genes and I don’t just mean to refer to his eminent lyricist and poet father Javed Akhtar here. But also, his great-great-grandfather who edited the first diwan of Mirza Ghalib on request, his great-grandfather who was a famous Urdu poet, and his grandfather, who again was an important Urdu poet of 20th century.
His original style of singing has won accolades as he has given us songs that we will always, always be left humming.
And of course, Acting
The man has given us characters that we will always remember for many reasons but mainly, because he played them.
1. Strong-headed music lover Aditya Shroff in Rock On!! (2008)
The entire musical had many high moments but the key takeaways would always be his songs like- Pichle Saat Dinon Mei, Tum Ho Toh, and yes, his totally rocking performance through highs and lows of life as Aditya Shroff.
2. A hungry-for-fame struggling actor Vikram Jaisingh in Luck By Chance (2009)
Farhan gave the character the intensity, originality, and naturalness it needed, and that’s what made it memorable by all means.
3. Schizophrenic Karthik Narayan in Karthik Calling Karthik (2010)
Farhan’s performance in such a deep role garnered critical acclaim with Sukanya Verma highlighting,
“He conveys the anxiety, simplicity and frailty of Karthik even when the script isn’t doing it for him. Perhaps it’s his innate filmmaker instinct.”
4. Happy-go-lucky Imraan Habib in Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara (2011)
A happy-go-lucky person with a sentimental interior that made him maintain a secret diary of poetry; he sure was a treat to heart.
5. Fierce Milkha Singh in Bhaag Milkha Bhaag (2013)
That sculpted body, those action-packed athletic sequences, and the earthy charm of the very youthful and strong-headed Milkha, nobody but only Farhan Akhtar could do complete justice to the role in the biopic.
6. Charming Sunny Gill in Dil Dhadakne Do (2015)
He made a small special appearance, but that was charming enough to leave a lasting impression on our hearts.
7. Grief-stricken ATS officer Danish Ali in Wazir (2016)
Farhan Akhtar’s compelling performance as a grief-stricken ATS officer garnered appreciation by the IPS officer Vishwas Nangre Patil, who lauded his performance after watching the movie’s premiere.
Farhan Akhtar doesn’t star in back to back movies, but he manages to give us characters potent enough to firm his position as one of the brightest, finest and unanimously loved actors from Bollywood.