Imran Zahid

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Imran Zahid
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Imran Zahid
Occupation Actor
Years active 2010–present

Imran Zahid is an Indian actor in both theatre and Bollywood. He has acted in Mahesh Bhatt's The Last Salute, based on Muntadhar al-Zaidi's book of the same title and the stageplay The Arth, based on Bhatt's movie Arth. His latest play was Daddy based on Bhatt's movie of the same name.

Early life[edit]

He began acting while at DAV Public School, Sector IV in Bokaro Steel City. He then attended Hindu College, Delhi University, from where he got a B.Com degree.[1][2]


While at university Zahid became involved with a theatre group run by Arvind Gaur.[2] He continued acting while being employed as a professor.[3]

Zahid has said that he had neither the desire nor the need to work in Mumbai.[3] It had been announced in 2010 that he would act in the lead role for Chandu, a film by Mahesh Bhatt about Jawaharlal Nehru University student leader and Communist Party of India member Chandrashekhar Prasad, who was shot dead on 31 March 1997 during a political rally.[1] He had met Bhatt at a conference in Dubai in 2007 and it was then that Bhatt asked him to take part in the film.[3] The proposed film attracted criticism from present students at the university[4] and, as of August 2012, had not progressed beyond scripting.[5]

He played the role of Muntadhar Al Zaidi in The Last Salute, Bhatt’s production based on the shoe-hurling incident involving George W. Bush.[6] Bhatt has proposed to make a film of it with Zahid reprising the role.[7]

It was announced that Zahid would act in Bhatt's Bollywood film Jannat 2 but he subsequently pulled out of the role in favour of playing the part of a narcotics detective in another Bhatt film, Jism 2.[8]

Announced forthcoming projects include playing the lead role in Marksheet, a film inspired by the story of Ranjit Don, who ran a racket leaking question papers for national examinations,[9] and as the protagonist - a journalist investigating atrocities - in a new Bhatt-produced play, Trial of Errors, that opened on 29 March 2013 in Delhi.[10][11]

Zahid played the lead role in a stage adaptation of Bhatt of his movie, Arth.[12] Zahid also played the lead role of the father in Mahesh Bhatt theatrical adaptation of his film Daddy.[13][14] Zahid will play the lead role in a remake of Bhatt autobiographical movie, Janam.[15]


The Hindustan Times has said that

Imran Zahid, Mahesh Bhatt's latest discovery, surprises you in more than one way. First, he's not a regular newcomer who's bitten by the 'ambition' bug; he wants to rather fly very very slow with the support of his mentor Mahesh Bhatt. Second he's still based in Delhi, despite having reportedly securing two big films Bollywood films; and third he has a composure of a veteran who's been there and seen it all.[16]

Personal life[edit]

Zahid has said that his preference is to have an arranged marriage and that as of 2010 he was not dating.[17]


  1. ^ a b Nath, Arpita (14 December 2010). "Political stories in B'wood". The Times of India. Retrieved 5 April 2011. 
  2. ^ a b Vishwas, Rudra (16 June 2010). "Bokaro boy gets ticket to Bollywood". The Telegraph (Calcutta). Calcutta, India. Retrieved 5 April 2011. 
  3. ^ a b c "Real to real". The Pioneer. ASRP Mukesh. 29 June 2010. Archived from the original on 15 April 2011. Retrieved 5 April 2011. 
  4. ^ Mandal, Tridip (10 May 2010). "Film on Chandrashekhar Prasad in trouble". CNN - IBN. Retrieved 5 April 2011. 
  5. ^ Nijher, Jaspreet (4 August 2012). "Is Mahesh Bhatt's Chandu shelved?". The Times of India. TNN. Retrieved 10 January 2013. 
  6. ^ Kalsi, Jyoti (25 January 2011). "Mahesh Bhatt talks about 'The Last Salute'". Gulf News. Retrieved 5 April 2011. 
  7. ^ "Mahesh may show is play in Kolkata". The Times Of India. 20 May 2011. 
  8. ^ Singh, Renu (12 March 2012). "I play a narcotics sleuth in Jism-2 Imran Zahid". The Times of India. Retrieved 17 May 2012. 
  9. ^ "Zoa-Morani-to-romance-Imran-Zahid-in-Marksheet". Hindustan Times. PTI. 28 April 2012. Retrieved 17 May 2012. 
  10. ^ "Review: Now, communalism and counter-insurgency ops on stage". Zee News. 30 March 2013. Retrieved 1 April 2013. 
  11. ^ "Imran Zahid gets applaud in Mahesh Bhatt's 'Trial of Error'". The India Awaaz. 30 March 2013. Retrieved 1 April 2013. 
  12. ^ Madhur Tankha (29 July 2013). "Arth stages a comeback". The Hindu. Retrieved 1 August 2013. 
  13. ^ "Mahesh Bhatt, Pooja Bhatt Stage 'Daddy' Play". Outlook. PTI. 6 August 2014. Retrieved 14 August 2014. 
  14. ^ "When the Bhatts were moved to tears". Gulf News. IANS. 9 August 2014. Retrieved 14 August 2014. 
  15. ^ "Imran Zahid bags lead role in Janam remake". The Times of India. 22 September 2014. Retrieved 25 September 2014. 
  16. ^ Uniyal, Parmita (23 November 2010). "Imran Zahid: from classroom to cinema". Hindustan Times. Retrieved 5 April 2011. 
  17. ^ Agha, Eram (12 June 2010). "Homework in JNU". The Times Of India. Delhi. p. 31. Retrieved 5 April 2011.