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. Akhtar is the recipient of several accolades, including 6 Filmfare Awards.
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) and Gully Boy (2019).