Hailing from Kanpur, Syed Shabahat Ali is a popular actor in the TV industry. Before making his debut in acting, Syed was a popular face in many TV advertisements. Syed came from a conservative family and had no filmy background. Syed was a student of Jagannath Institute of Management Studies located in South Delhi.
He was a part of the Mass Communication department in this college. Syed keeps visiting his college to meet his teachers and to motivate students by sharing his tales and experiences with them. Coming from a non-filmy background, Syed has managed to make his presence known in the industry. Syed held a degree in filmmaking. Before stepping into the industry, Syed was a part of the theater group, The Creative Factory, while he was in college. Performing with this theater group for almost three years instilled confidence in him and made him learn several life skills and acting skills required to become a professional actor. According to him, theater helped him evolve and grow as a better person by developing certain emotions and patience within him.
Syed then decided to go to Mumbai to become an actor and a director. Syed began his acting journey by doing the advertisement, Google Reunion. He played the character of Ali, the grandson of Yusuf in this commercial. Syed worked in several other advertisements also. Syed went ahead to act in a few TV serials on channel V including Humse Hai Life,
Dil Dosti Dance
and Season 2 of Gumraah. Syed played the role of Akash in the serial, Humse Hai Life. Akash’s character was that of a comical one and his name on the show was ‘Wadda Bro.’ Akash was a Sardaar and had a brother Ambar whom he called ‘Nikka Bro.’
In Gumraah Season 2; he worked with many well-known actors of TV industry including Yatharth Agnihotri and Delzad Hiravali. Not only an actor, but he also worked as an assistant director for the company, Yash Raj Films. Mere Brother Ki Dulhan, Mujhse Fraandship Karoge and, Luv Ka the End are the movies on which Syed served as an assistant casting director.
Syed migrated to Mumbai just to pursue his ambitions of becoming a well-known director. Syed also worked at the production company, BIG Synergy, at the post of a contestant coordinator. Syed also appeared in an episode of horror TV program, Aahat and a TV series,
Yeh Hai Aashiqui
. Syed has also tried his hands at directing a few short movies and also has the knowledge of Hindustani Classical music. Syed knows how to play instruments and is a good sketcher also. Syed comes across as a multi-talented personality and looks forward to both acting and directing.