BH CORRESPONDENT, Mumbai: Shahzada Ali, written and directed by Akbar and Azam Quadri, has now released on MX Player. Produced by Quadri brothers, the movie has earlier released at various film festivals. Ali is played by Izhaar Khan, Zeishan Quadri of Gangs of Wasseypur fame and Nidhi Bisht of The Viral Fever played Ali’s father and mother.
Shahzada Ali is a moving tale of an innocent boy who wants to enjoy and explore life but is curbed to play outdoor with other kids because of his physical ailment. Ali loves cricket and insists his father to buy him a cricket bat. But any form of physical activity is detrimental to his health. So his mother makes up a story and tells him that the kids who play a lot outside their home and don’t obey their parents are attacked by the devil who resides in their heart and makes them suffer throughout their life.
Born in Bundelkhand (UP), Akbar and Azam Quadri are twin brothers who pursued Mass Media from Jamia University, Delhi. Having a keen interest in literature and theatre they founded IPTA Jamia, and in 2007 founded Antraal theatre in which they directed about 20 plays and wrote many more. In 2011, they worked in Imtiaz Ali’s movie Rockstar and acted in Tigmanshu Dhulia’s movie Yara.
Speaking on the story of the film, Akbar and Azam Quadri said, “The film was shot in Chhatarpur, Delhi, and is based majorly on the viewpoint of a child and the world he sees around him. There was a time when there used to be films made from the viewpoint of children but not anymore, and Shahzada Ali is an attempt to give voice to that viewpoint. Speaking about the main plot they said that children live in the world and in stories about which they are told, and the story of the film is about a child who believes and lives in the stories told to him.” About the genre they said the film is a drama, a simple human emotional drama.