Farhan Akhtar was born in Mumbai to screenwriters, Javed Akhtar and Honey Irani.His stepmother is the actress Shabana Azmi. He is also the grandson of Urdu poet Jan Nisar Akhtar and the cousin of Bollywood film director and dance choreographer Farah Khan. He was brought up atheist. His twin sister, Zoya Akhtar made her directorial debut with Luck By Chance, in which Farhan was the main lead. Farhan is married to Adhuna Bhabani Akhtar, a hairstylist who runs B:Blunt Salon with her brother. They have two daughters: Shakya and Akira.