Zoya Akhtar is a contemporary Indian film director. She made her debut as director with critically acclaimed Luck By Chance (2009). In 2011, she directed the critically and commercially successful film Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara and won her Filmfare Award for Best Director.
Zoya Akhtar was born on 14 October, 1972 in Mumbai to screenwriters poet, lyricist and screenwriter Javed Akhtar and screenwriter Honey Irani. Zoya's stepmother is Shabana Azmi. And she is the sister of Farhan Akhtar and granddaughter of Urdu poet Jan Nisar Akhtar. She went to school at Maneckji Cooper and earned her Bachelors of Arts degree at St. Xavier's College, both in Mumbai. Later, she joined the New York University Film School to learn film production.
Zoya made her directorial debut with Luck By Chance which was well-received by critics, despite not doing well at the box office., In the year 2011, She directed the commercial success film Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara, a multistarrer with Hrithik Roshan, Abhay Deol, Farhan Akhtar, Katrina Kaif and Kalki Koechlin. which turned out to be a huge box office success and was well received by critics and won her Filmfare Award for Best Director, After the film's release, Zoya Akhtar expressed an idea to make a sequel of the film. Speaking about it, she said "You never know, I might or may not make a sequel. It all depends on the right content."