Farhan was born on 9th January 1974 in Mumbai, India. His parents were both screenwriters. That is where he drew the inspiration that landed him to his current profession; film director, screenwriter, producer, actor, and playback singer.
The Hindu Film Industry inspired Akhtar so much. He debuted in the industry as an assistant director in Lamhe in 1991, and Himalaya in 1997. Later, together with Ritesh Sidhawan founded Excel Entertainment – a production company.
The company hit the film industry in 2001 with Dil Chahta Hai which gathered several awards including the national award. He wrote lyrics for the Hollywood soundtrack in Prejudice and Bride in 2004. In 2017 he directed a short film “positive” that tackled the HIV awareness issues.
For Akhtar to get into Feminism, he got the inspiration from the demise of a lawyer who was sexually assaulted and murdered by a home guard. Purkayasha Pollari’s death became the mother of the Men Against Rape and Discrimination (MARD)- Akhtar’s first feminism campaign.
He is the first male to hold the position of UN women Goodwill Ambassador for South Asia. He attended the summit on Violence against women in New York in 2015 which was attended by the high end; United Nations secretary general Ban Ki-moon, the former US secretary of state, Hillary Clinton.
The speaker in the 2015 New York meeting, among others, was Patricia Arquette. She is a renowned international speaker on matters of women rights. Many Indian men have come up to join the feminist community and empowering them in a way or the other like Chef Vikas Khan, Amit Agrwal, among others.