Zoya Akhtar (Film Director) Wiki, Age, Family, Boyfriend, Biography & More

Zoya Akhtar

Zoya Akhtar is a film director and screenwriter. She is the daughter of famous lyricist, Javed Akhtar.


Zoya Akhtar was born on¬†14 October 1972 (age 46 years; as in 2018) in¬†Mumbai, Maharashtra, India. She did her schooling from Mumbai’s Maneckji Cooper, Juhu and enrolled in¬†St. Xavier’s College, Mumbai to pursue Bachelor of Arts. After that, she joined¬†Tisch School of the Arts, New York to learn film production. When Zoya was 13-year-old, her father divorced her mother and got married to Shabana Azmi.

Zoya Akhtar with her brother in childhood

Zoya Akhtar with her brother in childhood

Physical Appearance

Height:¬†5‚Äô 3‚ÄĚ

Weight: 65 kg

Eye Colour: Dark Brown

Hair Colour: Black

Figure Measurements: 34-30-36

Family, Caste & Boyfriend

Zoya Akhtar grew up in an agnostic environment, and, hence, does not believes in any religion. Her father, Javed Akhtar, is a lyricist and scriptwriter. Her mother, Honey Irani, is a former actress and screenwriter. The Bollywood actress Shabana Azmi is her step-mother. She has a younger brother, Farhan Akhtar, who is an actor, producer, director, screenwriter and a singer.

Zoya Akhtar with her father, brother and step mother

Zoya Akhtar with her father, Javed Akhtar, brother, Farhan Akhtar, and stepmother, Shabana Azmi

Zoya Akhtar with her mother

Zoya Akhtar with her mother, Honey Irani

Zoya Akhtar in her mother's lap

Zoya Akhtar in her mother’s lap

Her great-grandfather Muztar Khairabadi was an Urdu poet. Her grandfather Jan Nisar Akhtar was also an Urdu poet. She is the great-great-granddaughter of Fazl-e-Haq-Khairabadi, a scholar of Islamic studies and theology who 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.

Zoya is rumoured to be dating Carlos Catalan.


Zoya started her career as a co-director of the music video¬†‚ÄúPrice of Bullets.‚ÄĚ The music video was for a rock band called Pentagram. Next, she worked as a casting director for the films “Dil Chahta Hai” and “Split Wide Open.” She assisted her brother, Farhan Akhtar, in directing the films “Dil Chahta Hai” and “Lakshya.”

In 2009, she made her directorial debut with “Luck By Chance.” She not only directed the movie but also worked as a screenplay and story writer.

Luck By Chance

She has also worked as an executive producer for Reema Kagti’s Honeymoon Travels Pvt. Ltd. and Excel Entertainment.

Zoya Akhtar with Reema Kagti

Zoya Akhtar with Reema Kagti

In 2011, she directed “Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara,” which was a box office success and received positive comments by the critics. Zoya then went on to direct “Dil Dhadhakne Do” starring Priyanka Chopra and Ranveer Singh.

Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara

In 2019, she directed “Gully Boy,” a film based on the lives of¬†Mumbai rappers Divine and Naezy.


  • Filmfare Award for the Best Debut Director shared by Ayan Mukherji for the film ‘Luck By Chance’ (2009)
  • Best Director for the film ‘Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara’ (2011)
  • IIFA Award for the¬†Best Director for the film ‘Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara’

Net Worth

Her net worth is estimated to be $10 million.

Favourite Things

  • Fruit: Litchi, Mango


  • Zoya consumes alcohol occasionally.

    Zoya Akhtar and Abhay Deol with a glass of Wine

    Zoya Akhtar and Abhay Deol with a glass of Wine

  • Her hobbies include writing, reading, and travelling.
  • She resides at¬†701, Orchid Pride, Corner of S.V. Rd & Convent Avenue, Willingdon, Santacruz West, Mumbai, Maharashtra
  • She is an avid dog lover and has a pet dog, Zen.

    Zoya's pet dog

    Zoya’s pet dog

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