A multi-tasker who has mastered the roles of a director, screenwriter and producer. Born with the zeal to be a director, decided to become a travel consultant since he believed that being a director someday would be worse than impossible. However, unable to rid away with his passion for filmmaking, he decided to pursue courses in the School of Drama, Thrissur, Kerala. After having nurtured and moulded himself, he went on to work as a Creative Director and a Scriptwriter for Surya TV. His show Rasikaraja No:1 gained a great amount of TRP, thereby labelling it a hit in his career.
After this, he caught himself a break as an assistant director for the film, Saphalyam. Having worked as a scriptwriter for both TV shows and certain films, he saved every penny he could pocket to bring about the biggest break he couldn’t fathom. Salim Ahmed conscious about every penny he had to put, into his directorial debut alongside a partial producer, made sure he shot every aspect of the film with such detail and meaning. The script for this film, ‘Adaminte Makan Abu’ came about as he worked as a travel agent, listening to people’s stories. He had three scripts in hand but decided to go ahead with this since many of his friends loved this script.
The film went on to receive critical acclaim, four National Awards, four Kerala state film awards, the Best foreign film at the International Film Festival of India. It was also chosen to represent India’s filmography and longlisted under the category of ‘Best Foreign Film’ in the 84th Academy Awards. Salim went on to star Kerala’s superstar Mammootty in his second film, ‘Kunjananthante Kada’ in the year 2013, which was just an average hit. However in the year 2015, Salim hit the box office with a bang, once again with Mammootty, in the film, ‘Pathemari’, which went on to be critically acclaimed.