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Actor Inaamulhaq at ‘Aiba Awards’ in Dubai, May 2015.jpg
Inaamulhaq at "Aiba Awards" in Dubai, May 2015[1]
Born (1979-11-14) 14 November 1979 (age 38)
Saharanpur, Uttar Pradesh, India[2]
Alma mater National School of Drama
Occupation Film Actor

Inaamulhaq (born 14 November 1979) is an Indian actor and screenwriter[3] who has been part of several commercial and critically acclaimed Bollywood films, including Filmistaan[4] and Airlift. After winning many accolades for his every performances from the audience, jury and critics Inaamulhaq has recently bagged the Best Actor Award at the DCSAFF (Washington DC South Asian Film Festival) for outstanding performance in his upcoming film “Nakkash”.[5][6]

He has written for TV shows including Comedy Circus and dialogue for the Hindi film Bbuddah... Hoga Terra Baap.[7]

Early life and career[edit]

Born in Saharanpur (Uttar Pradesh, India), Inaamulhaq first appeared on stage at the age of twelve. Later, he joined the Indian People’s Theatre Association (IPTA) in Saharanpur, and acted in numerous plays as a lead. In 2003, he graduated from the National School of Drama (NSD)[8] New Delhi, with specialization in acting.

In Mumbai he started his career as a writer for season 2 of Karamchand, directed by renowned Bollywood director Pankaj Parashar.

After working as a scriptwriter and creative consultant with Comedy Circus for two and a half years, he moved into films and wrote dialogue for Bbuddah... Hoga Terra Baap in 2011.

As an actor, he got his first film break with the critically acclaimed Firaaq in 2008. His first major role in a feature film was as the Pakistani national Aaftab, in Nitin Kakkar’s National Award winner Filmistaan (2012),[9] for which he was named in the "Top 10 Stand-Out Actors of 2014" by Mid-Day,[10] and "The Most Prominent Debuts of 2014" by[11] in their Year-ender 2014. He is also listed in IMDB’S Top 200 Best Indian Actors and Actresses.[12] Inaamulhaq appeared in the Askhay Kumar-starrer Airlift. He plays a very essential role of an Iraqi Major Kahalf Bin Zayd, who is the main antagonist of the evacuation that the film is based on. Airlift is one of the biggest success of the actor and his performance in Airlift received a grand reception from the audience and the critics as well. 'Airlift was released 22 January 2016.[13]

His cameo in Jolly LLB 2 caught the eyeballs of him as a Kashmiri. He also appeared in Lucknow Central and Firangi in essential role and was praised for his performance in both films.

Upcoming projects[edit]

Inaamulhaq will be seen in Zaigham Imam's directorial venture. Nakkash, where he will be seen playing a lead role. The first look poster of Nakkash was unveiled at India Pavilion of the prestigious Cannes Film Festival 2018.[14][15] For outstanding performance in “Nakkash” Inaamulhaq bagged the Best Actor Award at the 8th Annual DCSAFF (Washington DC South Asian Film Festival 2018) .[16]

Inaamulhaq will also be seen in Nikkhil Advani's web series Hasmukh produced by Applause Entertainment.[17]




Critical reception[edit]

Inaamulhaq received very positive reviews from critics for his performance in every film.

Critical reception for Filmistaan[29][edit]

Madhureeta Mukherjee from Times of India wrote: "Inaamulhaq piques the emotions with perfection. The camaraderie between the pure souls who understand only the language of Bollywood is heart-warming".[30] Shubha Shetty-Saha from Mid-Day praised him saying: "But it is Inaamulhaq, who steals your heart with the most natural, endearing performance".[31] Taran Adarsh from Bollywood Hungama wrote: "Inaamulhaq too pitches in a fabulous performance, his performance and body language making you forget you're watching an actor emote".[32] Sneha May Francis from quotes: "Inaamulhaq lends exuberance to Aftaab, capturing his Bollywood dreams, unwavering loyalty and business acumen maturely".[33] Pratishtha Malhotra from Cine Blitz mentioned in her review: "One thing worth mentioning here is how this actor has worked on his detailing, from the dialect that he has maintained throughout the film to the body language. He floors you completely".[34] Paloma Sharma from wrote: "Inaamulhaq is as brilliant as Aftab, neither actor overshadows the other. They complement each other".[35] Rahul Desai from Mumbai Mirror wrote: "Inaamulhaq is uninhibited, and even when his character is saddled with sentiment, he makes you believe that he is a delusional filmmaker scripting his own climax".[36]

Critical reception for Airlift[37][edit]

Praising Inaamulhaq"s performance in Airlift, critic Taran Adarsh stated in his tweet: "Inaamulhaq [Iraqi Major] and Prakash Belawade are terrific".[38] Joginder Tuteja from wrote: "The surprise of the film though is Inaamulhaq, who plays the Iraqi Major. He transforms himself completely from the Pakistani simpleton part that he played in Filmistaan".[39] Bollywood Hungama praised him in their review saying: "Inaamulhaq as the Amitabh Bachchan fan Iraqi Major Khalaf Bin Zayd is a delight".[40] Critic Komal Nahta from ETC Bollywood Business stated in his review: "Inaamulhaq is entertaining as the Iraqi major".[41] The newspaper The Indian Express wrote: "Inaamulhaq as Saddam's man-in-Kuwait, is suitably menacing".[42] Critic Rohit Sharma wrote on his blog: "Inaamul has nailed his character to perfection". Another film review website praised him stating: "One surprise package is Inaamulhaq. After his stint in Filmistaan, this talented actor gets a role that might turn around his career. His act of unhindered wickedness and the sadistic approach he portrays towards the Kuwaitis is applaud worthy".[43] Website also mention his performance stating "The film's supporting cast deserves a special mention, especially Inaamulhaq and Kumud Mishra, who were both great in their respective roles".[44] The Economic Times wrote: "And Inaamulhuq oozes smooth menace as the major".[45] Website wrote: "Especially, Inaamulhaq playing the negative role as Major Khalaf Bin Zayd is best in the whole film".[46]

Critical reception for Jolly LLB -2[edit]

Mentioning about Inaamulhaq's performance in Jolly LLB-2 review, Sudhir Redkar from wrote: "Inaamulhaq has a small cameo that turns out to be an interesting twist".[47] Anna MM Vetticad from FirstPost,com wrote: "Watch Inaamulhaq playing a Kashmiri pronounce “card” differently within a span of a few seconds".[48] Rohit Bhatnagar from mentioned in his review "Inaamulhaq do not let down either. They are very convincing and play their parts to perfection".[49] Febnews Team praised Inaamulhaq's performance quoting: "Inaamulhaq also stood out in their own rights with their terrific acting skills".[50] Udai Bhatia from wrote: "Inaamulhaq (in a late cameo) all have brief, memorable turns".[51] Boxofficeindia remarked: "Inaamulhaq is flawless"in their review of jolly LLB-2.[52] Lokesh Dharmani from wrote: "Inaamulhaq provide excellent support".[53]

Critical reception for Phullu[edit]

"Inaamulhaq is a show stealer"[54] mentioned Indiaglitz in their review of movie Phullu where Inaamulhaq did a cameo appearance. Devansh Sharma from wrote "A word here about Inaamulhaq, who has a cameo: the actor does an amazing job in the two scenes he has. These scenes also have the best writing in the film.".[55] mentioned "Inaamulhaq of Airlift fame. His guest appearance lifts the story and cracks you up. In fact, it is this beggar that really spells out the entire premise of the film"[56] Sukanya Verma from praised Inaamulhaq quoting "No wonder a brief cameo by Inaamulhaq, once again reiterating his appeal in showy, idiosyncratic characters, makes more sense that most of this movie".[57] Team mentioned "Inaamulhaq’s cameo is the best part of the film".[58] Ganesh Raheja from wrote "The talented and versatile Inaamulhaq had a special appearance in the film, and for what little screen time he was given, we couldn’t take our eyes off the man. We just wish that his character was given a little bit more of screen time and importance in the story. There is nothing more we could have asked for.".[59] Trijai Nerthi from praised Inaamulhaq quoting "Inaamulhaq makes an unforgettable appearance in the film. His scenes are especially notable.".[60] Smrity Sharma from wrote"The cameo from Inaamulhaq is one of the highlights of the film.".[61] Sreeju Sudhakaran from wrote "Inaamulhaq (having a reunion of sorts with his Filmistaan co-star) has a hilarious cameo. In fact, this was the best scene of the movie."[62]

Meme Pictures[edit]

Not only from the critics, Inaamulhaq received a huge response from the audience as well. Many meme Pictures parsing his characterization and speaking style have gone viral on various social networking sites.[63][64]


  • Best Actor Award for Nakkash at DCSAFF (Washington DC South Asian Film Festival 2018)[65][66]
  • Best Actor in a Supporting Role for Filmistaan at 21st Annual Screen Awards[67]
  • Best Actor in a Supporting Role for Filmistaan at IBNLive Movie Awards (2015)[68][importance?]
  • Best Actor in a Supporting Role for Filmistaan at SICA Awards (2015)[69]
  • Best Actor in a Supporting Role for Filmistaan at AIBA Awards (2015)[70][importance?]

Short films[edit]

Inaamulhaq directed two short films – "The Search" (2005) which got nominated for the Best Film Award in competition category at Berlin Asia-Pacific Film Festival-2006 (Germany), and "Parchhaiyaan" (2004), based on an anti-War poem by renowned poet Sahir Ludhianvi.[72]


Year Show Credit Broadcaster
2007 Karamchand - Season 2 Writer Sony
2007 Comedy Circus - Season 1 Writer/Associate Content Director Sony[73]
2007 Comedy Circus - Lage Raho Writer/Associate Content Director Sony
2008 Comedy Circus 2 Writer/Associate Content Director Sony
2008 Comedy Honours Writer STAR Gold
2008 Comedy Circus - Kante Ki Takkar Writer/Associate Content Director Sony
2008 Filmfare Fever Writer Sony
2008 Sabse Favourite Koun? Writer STAR Gold
2008 Arre Deewano Mujhe Pehchano Content Director STAR Plus
2009 Comedy Circus – Chinchpokli to China Associate Content Director Sony
2009 Comedy Circus - 20–20 Associate Content Director Sony
2009 Kaho Na Yaar Hai Associate Creative Director STAR Plus
2009 Comedy Circus - Dekh India Dekh Associate Content Director Sony
2009 Comedy Circus 3 – Ka Tadka Associate Content Director Sony
2010 Comedy Circus – MahaSangram Associate Content Director Sony
2010 Chhote Ustaad - 2 Writer STAR Plus
2011 Dekh Video Dekh Writer Colors
2011 Comedy Ka Maha Muqabala Act Producer STAR Plus
2013 Nautanki-The Comedy Theatre Associate Creative Director Colors
2014 Yam Kisi Se Kam Nahi Writer EPIC
2015 Goldie Ahuja Matric Pass Writer DISNEY



(In alphabetical order)

Inaamulhaq as Nils Krogstad in Henrik Ibsen’s A Doll's House with NSD batch-mate Shiromani Kaushik.
Inaamulhaq as Madhavye (Vidushak) in Kalidasa’s Abhijñānaśākuntalam
Inaamulhaq as Ivan Kaliayev in Albert Camus’s The Just Assassins
Play Character Written By Produced by
A Doll's House Nils Krogstad Henrik Ibsen NSD
Abhijñānaśākuntalam Madhavye (Vidushak) Kalidasa NSD
Acchhe Aadmi Batasu Phanishwar Nath 'Renu' NSD
Andha Yug Kripacharya Dharamvir Bharati SARGAM-A
Arey Shareef Log Dr. Ghatak Jaywant Dalvi IPTA
Bade Bhai Sahab Narrator Munshi Premchand IPTA
Ek Ladki Paanch Deewane Solo Harishankar Parsai IPTA
Ek Tha Gadha urf Aladad Khan Chintak-1 Sharad Joshi IPTA
Hanoosh Tober/Officer-Two Bhisham Sahni BNA/NSD
Inspector Matadeen Chand Par Matadeen Harishankar Parsai BNA/NSD
Julius Caesar Various Characters William Shakespeare NSD
Kabuli Wala Narrator Rabindranath Tagore NSD
King Lear Edgar William Shakespeare NSD
Kiska Haath ChetuRam Satish De ADACAAR
Ladai Various Character Sarveshwar Dayal Saxena NATYA
Panchhi Aise Aate Hain Anna Paradker Vijay Tendulkar NAVANKUR
Rasik Sampadak Sampadak Chokhelal Munshi Premchand IPTA
Saint Joan Dauphin, Charles VII George Bernard Shaw NSD
The Nose Ivan Yakovlevich Nikolai Gogol IPTA
Shanichar Ka Chakkar Various Character Improvised IPTA/ITC
Singhasan Khali Hai Teen Sushil Kumar Singh IPTA
Tajmahal Ka Tender Shahjahan Ajay Shukla IPTA
Thank You Mr. Glad Various Characters Anil Berve SARGAM-A
The Frogs Euripides Aristophanes NSD
The Illusion Alcandre, A Magician Tony Kushner NSD
The Just Assassins Ivan Kaliayev Albert Camus NSD
The Obsession Various Characters Improvised IPTA
Kheench Rahe Hain Various Character Ravi Deep IPTA
Tinka-Tinka Various Characters Improvised NSD
Yahudi Ki Larki Azra Agha Hashar Kashmiri NSD



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