Date of Birth: 9-Jan-74
Birth Place: Bombay, Maharashtra, India
Description: Zoya Akhtar is a contemporary Indian film director. She made her debut as director with critically acclaimed Luck By Chance. She is the daughter of 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. Zoya has worked on a number of commercials including Pepsi and Finolex. 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. Her second movie as a director is Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara, a multistarrer with Hrithik Roshan, Abhay Deol, Farhan Akhtar, Katrina Kaif and Kalki Koechlin. Sourced from Wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zoya_Akhtar)
ZOYA IN NEWS
Zoya Akhtar has done what Karan Johar couldn’t. Hrithik-Kareena and Ranbir-Katrina have been roped in to play the lead pairs in Zoya Akhtar’s next. Reports about Kareena Kapoor being signed on with cousin Ranbir in Zoya’s next made the rounds quite some time ago. We are told that Zoya spoke to Kareena about the script, during the filming of Talaash and she instantly accepted, especially because of the fact that Ranbir will play his brother in the film. Ranbir too was excited when he heard the script and the cast and took no time in signing the dotted lines. Zoya is apparently trying to revive the brother-sister genre once again in the Hindi film industry. Now, the lead pairs have been finalized with Kareena and Hrithik, who share some great on-screen chemistry and haven’t been seen together since Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gham. A source said, “Kareena and Hrithik have not shared screen space since 2003, when they did Main Prem Ki Diwani Hoon. Zoya wanted to revisit their onscreen chemistry. And since Hrithik has already worked with Zoya, he welcomed the offer.” About the other lead pair, Ranbir and Katrina, the source said, “Their chemistry – be it in Ajab Prem or Rajneeti has been much appreciated. And Zoya was keen on getting them on board.” The film goes on floors mid-2013 and will most likely be released by end of 2013 or early 2014.