Who Is Zoya Akhtar, Wiki, Profile, Education, Family & Net Worth

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Who Is Zoya Akhtar

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 turning writer-director in her own right.

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), a film based on a dysfunctional Punjabi family.

She attended Maneckji Cooper and earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from St. Xavier’s College, both in Mumbai. Later, she joined the New York University Film School to learn film production.

Her 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.

Zoya started her career as 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 Dil Chahta Hai and Split Wide Open, and as an assistant director for her brother Farhan Akhtar’s films Lakshya and Dil Chahta Hai. She then worked as an executive producer for her longtime partner Reema Kagti’s Honeymoon Travels Pvt. Ltd., also produced by Excel Entertainment.

Zoya made her directorial debut with Luck By Chance (2009), starring her brother Farhan Akhtar and Konkana Sen Sharma. It tells the story of a struggling actor who breaks into the industry. The film was well received by critics, despite not doing well at the box office.

 

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