Saeed Akhtar Mirza is a screenwriter and director. He is known for Albert Pinto Ko Gussa Kyoon Aata Hai, which was released in 1980, then four years later another hit film- Mohan Joshi Hazir Ho! in 1984, then Salim Langde Pe Mat Ro in 1989 and six years later Naseem in 1995, which grabbed two
National Film Awards
in 1996. He also directed television serials like Nukkad in 1986 and in 1988 Intezaar, which was a hit on television. He was born on 30th of June 1943 in Bombay. He decided to become a screenwriter and took to documentary filmmaking at the beginning of his career but later got into films with Arvind Desai Ki Ajeeb Dastaan in 1978, which was about the mental trauma a youth went through after he found himself struggling in the midst of feudal money culture. Then in 1980 followed his very acclaimed work Albert Pinto Ko Gussa Kyoon Aata Hai, which portrayed an angry youth who strived in search of his class and cultural origins. Both of these films won the Filmfare Critics Award for Best Movie for the year.
In the meantime, he also directed and produced popular television serials Nukkad and Intezaar. He had a huge contribution to Indian cinema. He has preached on Indian cinema at numerous universities in India and US. He often writes in Indian magazines and newspapers on current political debates and gives his review of films. His last film was Naseem, which was released in 1995 which brought Babri Masjid demolition era into light. He wrote his autobiography Ammi: Letter to a Democratic Mother, which was published in 2008. He is presently the life member of International Film And Television Club of Asian Academy of Film & Television and is currently working on his new project Ek Tho Chance.Also, he is one among the trustees of ANHAD, a Delhi-based NGO working for communal harmony.