Syed Ahmed Afzal is an Indian film director and screen writer born and brought up in
, India. He did his primary schooling from Don Bosco School, Alaknanda, New Delhi. Then Syed joined Gyan Bharati School. He was a student of the batch of 1995. He did Mechanical Engineering from Jamia Millia University, New Delhi. He said that he was never put under pressure by his parents regarding any career; instead, they asked him to do what he liked. He did not take them seriously and ended up wasting almost six years of his life. Later he decided to move to Mumbai. He even tried his hands in the trade business. After coming to Mumbai in 2008, he worked for television shows and also writing scripts, simultaneously. Syed is from a family of poets, historian, and teachers.
His father was a historian and his mother was a teacher. His grandfather Gulam Rabbani Taban, was an Urdu poet, and is the recipient of the Padmashree award for poetry. Therefore it was not a matter of astonishment when he took writing instead of engineering.. He did not go to any producer with the story, and he was just writing and waiting for an opportunity to make a film. He worked in few shows EPIC channel. He worked on a script for a few years, but the movie was delayed. Finally, he met Vasu Bhagnani of "
," that is how the film happened. Youngistann was his first Hindi film, which starred Jackie Bhagnani,
, and Farooq sheikh. The story of the film is basically about youth and politics.
However, the film did not do well at the box office and also was criticized, but proved to be a bench mark in his career. His next film was “
” in 2016 starring
. He said will explore every corner, with any genre, and his film is engaging and about relationships. Again the movie did not do well in the theaters. However, is working on a few more projects which will soon be released. His favorites are Arem S Sathyu Saab's 'Garam Hawa', films of
, Rishikesh Mukherjee and
. He is a great fan of historical films. Some of his favorites are 'Mughal e Azam', '
', and 'Saving Private Ryan'.