Masood Akhtar is a professional actor and director in the Hindi film industry. He is known for his performance in
Om Shanthi Om
in the year 2007, Kahaani in the year 2012 and in the American comedy-drama film The Hundred-Foot Journey which released in the year 2014. He has acted in about 50 movies predominantly in Hindi. Masood Akhtar is associated with films, theatre, and television series for about 36 years. He is also involved with IPTA, a theatre group since 1979. As a director, some of Masood Akhtar's notable television serials are Nukkad, Mirza Galib, Intezaar, and Swabhimaan. As an actor, he has given quality movies with film directors like
, M. S. Sathyu, Gulzar,
, Gautham Ghosh and even international directors including Christopher Morahan, Roland Joffe and many more.
Masood Akhtar became well-known for his versatility and range of genres in films like Raaz, Paar, Aagman, Sardari Begum, Lekin, Bagh Bahadur to Phir Bhi Dil Hai Hindustani, Ram Leela, Mirziya, and TE3N. As a filmmaker, he has also made a documentary on the life and achievement of M. S. Sathyu, the filmmaker titled Kahan Kahan se Guzar Gaye. In an interview with the Associated Press of Pakistan, the veteran director and actor shared his thought that to make a drama or a film successful among the public, the story and the script is very vital. Even though experienced artists are considered to be the indicator of success to be compared to, the story and how it is narrated makes the production run well in the box offices.
To merely make the public to sit in front of their TVs and watch the entire show is a very challenging task that can be overcome by a good storyline and interesting writing. Although the efforts of actors and technicians play a vital role in any movie or TV series, the script is always the much-needed backbone. Masood Akhtar says that the upcoming writers and directors of television series and films should explore new topics and write about attractive subjects. He is content with the new directors and writers who have boldly ventured into unique points with the public's taste still in mind. Other factors that handle the success of a show are the actors, cinematography, costumes, editing, sound, etc. Masood Akhtar believes that these upcoming writers will be the promotion required to develop the entertainment industry.