Khaled Mohammed, the son of Hindi film actress Zubeidaa, is an eminent Indian journalist, editor, film critic, screenwriter and film director. At present a film journalist of the Hindustan Times, Khaled Mohammed was formerly the lead editor for Filmfare magazine. He is undoubtedly one of the renowned bollywood critics and journalists of the recent times.
As director and screenwriter, some of his notable works include:
As screenwriter, some of his memorable works are:
- Zubeidaa (2001)
- Sardari Begum (1996)
- Mammo (1994)
The journalists, who come to make movies, are constantly ridiculed and their work is judged against their past critique of other filmmakers` works. Khaled is so amused that he commented, "That`s so weird. In France, every other journalist makes films - if not features then documentaries. What`s wrong with that? It`s like saying Suraiya shouldn`t have acted because she sang".
His debut movie `Fiza` was to star Urmila Matondkar. Things did not work out and ultimately Karishma Kapoor was roped in. Mohamed saves the best words of praise for Arjun Rampal, the narrator of the film, "He`s a sweetheart! Very humorous! He is the surprise package of the film".
`Silsiilay` is the largest canvas that he has portrayed so far, "There`re 15-16 characters in `Silsiilay`. Even passing characters are important". He expressed his heartfelt thanks to Vashu Bhagnani, the producer of the movie `Silsiilay`. He told, "I just feel grateful to Mr. Bhagnani for allowing me to make a film. These days, to get a producer for a film that isn`t cheesy or sleazy isn`t easy. At least Vashuji made it possible for me...We did have differences during the final editing. Fortunately he isn`t a stubborn man and he relented finally".
Shyam Benegal`s `Zubeidaa`, which was scripted by Mohamed himself, is largely said to be autobiographical. Brought up by his maternal grandmother and her sister, Khalid considers women to be the stronger sex, even physically and to make his point clear, he draws out an example from his own life: "Years ago, there was a burglary at my house in Malabar Hill. My grandmother hit the robber with a hockey stick and chased him out. I used this incident in my film. Only, I replaced the hockey stick with a cricket bat".
`Tehzeeb`, according to his words, is based on real incidents, "I started out to make an acknowledged remake of Autumn Sonata because I was fascinated by the mother-daughter relationship. But the film seemed unreal so I started afresh. I interviewed Shabana Azmi a couple of times and asked her about her relationship with her mother. ... ...I picked moments from Shabana and my life and adapted the story to Indian tastes".
For Khaled Mohammed, the journalist-turned-director, most of his movies are a form of therapy. His mother died when he was barely two and he simply had no idea whether his father is alive or dead.
We can sum up in his own words, "Direction has made me a better critic. I know when the director is lazy. I know what goes into filmmaking better, instead of judging from an ivory tower".
Online information on Khaled Mohammed is provided by sitagita.com.
Bollywood Critics and Journalists