Ajmal Zaheer Ahmad

Ajmal Zaheer Ahmad is an American film director, writer and producer from Detroit, Michigan. He is also co-founder and current CEO of Detroit-based film production company Exxodus Pictures.[1] His work as a film maker includes Perfect Mismatch, Jinn and My Soul To Keep.[2]

Ajmal Zaheer Ahmad
Ajmal Zaheer Ahmad

Alma materDetroit Country Day School
Art Center College of Design
OccupationFilm maker
Years active2000-present

Early life and careerEdit

Ajmal was born to Pakistani parents in West Bloomfield, Michigan. He attended Detroit Country Day School in Southfield, Michigan and Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California.[3]

Ajmal began his career as a concept designer in California for film, television and commercials. He made his debut in 2000 by creating a commercial for Apple Computers called Apple Core.[4] Ajmal then produced a short film Alliance in 2005[5] and a Bollywood film It's a Mismatch (now Perfect Mismatch) in 2009. He gained public recognition by his action-horror-thriller film Jinn, released in April 2014.[6][7] Ajmal has also appeared Television series Icon News in 2010 and film The Citizen in 2012.[8][9]


The film Jinn was written and produced by Ajmal Zaheer Ahmad. He told in an interview that he was thinking of making ‘Jinn’ for more than 10 years. He also told that he was listening stories of Jinn since childhood and his mother used to say “If you don’t eat your veggies, the Jinn is going to come out of the woods and get you.”.[10][11]


Year Film Role
2005 Alliance (short film) Director & Writer, Producer
2009 Perfect Mismatch Director & Writer
2012 The Citizen Rajiv
2014 Jinn Director & Writer, Producer
2014 Still Here (short film) Executive Producer[12]
2019 My Soul To Keep Director & Writer, Producer
Year Television Notes
2010 Icon News Cameo Appearance


  1. ^ "Interview with JINN Director Ajmal Zaheer Ahmad". The Islamic Monthly. 3 April 2014. Retrieved 1 July 2015.
  2. ^ Mehreen Omer (19 January 2015). "How to diffuse flamed jinns". The Nation. Retrieved 1 July 2015.
  3. ^ PTI (16 September 2012). "Ajmal Zaheer Ahmad's 'Jinn' to be released by American studio". India TV News. Retrieved 1 July 2015.
  4. ^ Almas Akhtar (31 March 2014). "Jinn: Bringing a bit of Pakistan to American cinema". The Express Tribune. Retrieved 1 July 2015.
  5. ^ "Alliance (2005)". IMDb. Retrieved 1 July 2015.
  6. ^ Stacey Yount (5 April 2014). "WRITER/DIRECTOR AJMAL ZAHEER AHMAD TALKS JINN". Bolly Spice. Retrieved 1 July 2015.
  7. ^ "INTERVIEW – AJMAL ZAHEER AHMAD DIRECTOR OF JINN". Cryptic Rock. 17 April 2014. Retrieved 1 July 2015.
  8. ^ "Icon News (2010- )". IMDb. Retrieved 1 July 2015.
  9. ^ "The Citizen (2012)". IMDb. Retrieved 1 July 2015.
  10. ^ Deepak Chitnis (3 April 2014). "I have been thinking about making 'Jinn' for more than 10 years: Ajmal Zaheer Ahmad". The American Bazaar. Retrieved 1 July 2015.
  11. ^ Priya Arora (3 April 2014). "Director Ajmal Zaheer Ahmad Returns to His Roots with New Thriller 'Jinn'". The Aerogram. Retrieved 1 July 2015.
  12. ^ "Still Here (2014)". IMDb. Retrieved 1 July 2015.

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