Faisal Saif

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Faisal Saif
Born Faisal Abdul Razzak Saif Al Zedjally
Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
Occupation Film director, screenwriter, film critic
Years active 2006–present
Awards Indianapolis LGBT Film Festival Best Story (2006)
Indian Leadership Conclave Best Director (2015)

Faisal Saif (Arabic: فئصل سئف‎), is a Indian film director, film critic and writer. He mostly chooses controversial themes and stories for his films and gained notice with the movies Jigyaasa, Main Hoon Rajinikanth and Amma.


Saif started his career as an independent music video director. He directed videos for Catrack Music and Vital Records.

Saif made his first feature film Come December in 2003 which received the International Special Award of Cultural Vision in storytelling from the Indianapolis LGBT Film Festival.[1] He then made Jigyaasa (2006). India media believed that Jigyaasa was based on the life of the sex symbol Mallika Sherawat,[2] but Faisal has denied this.[citation needed] He made the film Paanch Ghantey Mien Paanch Crore with Pakistani actor Meera[3]

Faisal is also co-editor of Global Movie magazine and a film critic and feature writer for Bollywood for a number of news portals.

During creative sessions with veteran filmmaker Rituparno Ghosh while he was directing Chitrangada: The Crowning Wish in 2012, Saif discussed having a transgender antagonist dealing their gender identity with Ghosh, something which Saif later incorporated in his upcoming film Amma. The character is played by acclaimed actor Rajpal Yadav.[4]

Awards and honors[edit]

In 2006, Saif won the Best Story in cultural vision international award for his Festival Film Come December from Indianapolis LGBT Film Festival.[5] Network 7 Media Group presented their prestigious 'Critics' choice movie award for Best Director in 2015 at 6th Annual Indian Leadership Conclave, The award felicitated Saif for his immense work in Bollywood for making films on constrained budgets without compromising the quality inputs for all his films which includes Jigyaasa, Come December, Paanch Ghantey Mien Paanch Crore, Main Hoon Rajinikanth, Amma and his canceled film For Adults Only.[6]


Main Hoon Rajinikanth[edit]

On 17 September 2014, Tamil actor Rajinikanth moved the Madras High Court to stop the release and screening of the film Main Hoon Rajinikanth directed by Saif[7] stating that various press releases, video releases, web articles, posters and information from other sources about this film revealed that the producer had lifted/exploited the image of Rajinikanth from various movies by including in the forthcoming feature film.

Saif, after filing counter to the case denied the allegation about the film being a biopic on the superstar, He also stated he hasn't used any names/image/likeness/caricature and the case being filed on the film is baseless and done with lack of knowledge[8]

On 3 February 2015, Madras High Court ruled out the decision in favor of Rajinikanth and restricted Faisal against using the actors name in his upcoming film. Saif, however agreed finally to change his film's title under the pressure of his film's producers[9]

Bigg Boss 8[edit]

On 20 November 2014, Saif was supposed to enter the Indian controversial show Bigg Boss as a Wild Card contestant along with American Reality TV star Kim Kardashian[10] Saif, however praised the show by refusing his participation and quoted "Why would I be a wild card contestant when Rajinikanth has proved the world that I am a strongest contender?". Kardashian's visit too was cancelled due to some issues related to her visa to India[11]

For Adults Only[edit]

In 2015, Saif announced plans to make a film titled For Adults Only. Few details were released about the nature of the proposed film, but media outlets quoted Saif in describing it as "bold" and "dirty". On social media outlet Facebook, Saif called the film "The most dirtiest film you'll ever see".[12] Saif planned to write and direct the film, and said that the film was slated for production by Dimension Films, which would have been the company's first Bollywood film, according to Saif.[13] The film was planned to be produced in Hindi, Telugu and Tamil and released in 2016.[14]

Saif was looking to cast an international actress as the main character in the film,[13] Saif signed Dubai-based actress Andria D'Souza for the lead role.[15]

On 1 September 2015, Saif officially announced that the film had been shelved in deference to conservative Indian sentiments and the Indian censor board.[16]


Films that have not yet been released Denotes films that have not yet been released

As director and writer[edit]

Year Film Language Notes
2006 Jigyaasa Hindi (Released on 10 March 2006)
2006 Come December Hindi, English (Festival Film) Indianapolis LGBT Film Festival Award Winner
2012 Paanch Ghantey Mien Paanch Crore Hindi Psycho-thriller starring Pakistani superstar Meera. (Released on 10 August 2012)
2015 Main Hoon Rajinikanth Hindi (Released on 22 May 2015)
2015 Amma Film has yet to be released Hindi, Kannada, Telugu, Tamil, Malayalam
2016 For Adults Only Film has yet to be released Hindi, Telugu Dimension Films First Bollywood Movie

As writer[edit]

Year Film Language Notes Director
2016 Balaa Film has yet to be released Hindi Sameer Khan


  1. ^ "International Award for 'Come December' | Bollywood News | Hindi Movies News | Celebrity News". BollywoodHungama.com. 24 November 2006. Retrieved 2013-11-14. 
  2. ^ "Much ado about Mallika – The Times of India". Timesofindia.indiatimes.com. Retrieved 2013-11-14. 
  3. ^ Top 10 Bollywood's hottest scenes of 2012 – Top Lists. The Times of India (18 December 2012).
  4. ^ "Why's Rajpal Yadav playing a transgender?". Timesofindia.indiatimes.com. Retrieved 2015-02-16. 
  5. ^ "International Award for 'Come December'". BollywoodHungama.com. Retrieved 2006-11-24. 
  6. ^ "Faisal Saif Receives Best Director Award at 6th Annual ILC 2015 Awards". BoxOfficeCollection.in. Retrieved 2015-06-17. 
  7. ^ "Superstar Rajinikanth moves Madras high court to stop release of Bollywood movie named after him". http://www.timesofindia.indiatimes.com. Retrieved 2014-09-17. 
  8. ^ "'Main Hoon Rajinikanth' is not a biopic: Director Faisal Saif". http://www.eni.network24.com. Retrieved 2014-09-26. 
  9. ^ "Rajinikanth wins legal battle against Main Hoon Rajinikanth makers". http://www.hindustantimes.com. Retrieved 2015-02-03. 
  10. ^ "Bigg Boss 8: Fifth wild card contestant Faisal Saif to enter the house with Kim Kardashian". http://www.dnaindia.com. Retrieved 2014-11-18. 
  11. ^ "Bigg Boss 8: Faisal Saif not going to the house,says he doesn't need it". http://www.hindustantimes.com. Retrieved 2014-11-21. 
  12. ^ "Shocking: A film titled For Adults Only". http://www.timesofindia.indiatimes.com. Retrieved 2015-06-08. 
  13. ^ a b "Faisal Saif plans to cast foreign actress for next". http://www.indianexpress.com. Retrieved 2015-06-08. 
  14. ^ "Dimension Pictures first Bollywood film 'For Adults Only' to be directed by Faisal Saif". http://www.justbollywood.in. Retrieved 2015-06-08. 
  15. ^ "Dubai born actress Andria D'souza to play lead role in 'For Adults Only'". http://www.boxofficecollection.in. Retrieved 2015-06-16. 
  16. ^ "Faisal Saif's 'For Adults Only' shelved". http://www.indianexpress.com. Retrieved 2015-09-01. 

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