Faisal Saif is an Indian film director, film critic and writer. He began his film career as an assistant director on Aur Ek Prem Kahani, Angaar and Grahan. He mostly chooses controversial horror themes and stories for his films and directed Jigyaasa, Main Hoon Rajinikanth and Islamic Exorcist.

Faisal Saif
Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
OccupationFilm director, screenwriter, film critic
Years active2006–present
AwardsIndianapolis LGBT Film Festival Best Story (2006)
Indian Leadership Conclave Best Director (2015)


Saif started his career as an independent music video director. He directed videos for Catrack Music and Vital Records.

Saif made his first feature film Come December in 2003 which received the International Special Award of Cultural Vision in storytelling from the Indianapolis LGBT Film Festival.[1] He then made Jigyaasa (2006). India media believed that Jigyaasa was based on the life of the sex symbol Mallika Sherawat,[2] but Faisal has denied this.[citation needed] He made the film Paanch Ghantey Mien Paanch Crore with Pakistani actor Meera.[3]

Faisal is also co-editor of Global Movie magazine and a film critic and feature writer for Bollywood for a number of news portals.

During creative sessions with veteran filmmaker Rituparno Ghosh while he was directing Chitrangada: The Crowning Wish in 2012, Saif discussed having a transgender antagonist dealing their gender identity with Ghosh, something which Saif later incorporated in his upcoming film Amma. The character is played by acclaimed actor Rajpal Yadav.[4]

Awards and honorsEdit

  • In 2006, Saif won the Best Story in cultural vision international award for his Festival Film Come December from Indianapolis LGBT Film Festival.[5]
  • Network 7 Media Group awarded Saif the "Best Director" title in 2015 at the 6th Annual Indian Leadership Conclave.[6][7]


Main Hoon RajinikanthEdit

On 17 September 2014, Tamil actor Rajinikanth moved the Madras High Court to stop the release and screening of the film Main Hoon Rajinikanth directed by Saif[8] stating that various press releases, video releases, web articles, posters and information from other sources about this film revealed that the producer had lifted/exploited the image of Rajinikanth from various movies by including in the forthcoming feature film.

Saif, after filing counter to the case denied the allegation about the film being a biopic on the superstar, He also stated he hasn't used any names/image/likeness/caricature and the case being filed on the film is baseless and done with lack of knowledge[9]

On 3 February 2015, Madras High Court ruled out the decision in favor of Rajinikanth and restricted Faisal against using the actors name in his upcoming film. Saif, however agreed finally to change his film's title under the pressure of his film's producers[10]

Bigg Boss 8Edit

On 20 November 2014, Saif was supposed to enter the Indian reality show Bigg Boss as a Wild Card contestant Saif, however praised the show by refusing his participation and quoted "Why would I be a wild card contestant when Rajinikanth has proved the world that I am a strongest contender?".[11][12]

For Adults OnlyEdit

In 2015, Saif announced plans to make a film titled For Adults Only. Few details were released about the nature of the proposed film, but media outlets quoted Saif in describing it as "bold" and "dirty". On social media outlet Facebook, Saif called the film "The most dirtiest film you'll ever see".[13] Saif planned to write and direct the film, and said that the film was slated for production by Dimension Pictures, which would have been the company's first Bollywood film, according to Saif.[14] The film was planned to be produced in Hindi, Telugu and Tamil

Saif was looking to cast an international actress as the main character in the film[14] and ultimately chose Dubai-based actress Andria D'Souza for the lead role.[15]

On 1 September 2015, Saif officially announced that the film had been shelved in deference to conservative Indian sentiments and the Indian censor board.[15]


  Denotes films that have not yet been released

As director and writerEdit

Year Film Language Notes
2006 Jigyaasa Hindi (Released on 10 March 2006)
Come December Hindi, English (Festival Film) Indianapolis LGBT Film Festival Award Winner
2012 Paanch Ghantey Mien Paanch Crore Hindi (Released on 10 August 2012)
2015 Main Hoon Rajinikanth Hindi (Released on 22 May 2015)
Amma   Hindi, Kannada, Telugu, Tamil, Malayalam On Hold
2017 Islamic Exorcist English (Released on 11 July 2017)
2020 Danger   Hindi Filming

As producerEdit

Year Film Language Notes Director
2017 Sheitaan [16] Urdu Sameer Khan

Web seriesEdit

Year Name Role Platform
2020 Kavita Bhabhi Creator, director Ullu App, MX Player
2020 Bhookh Creator, director Fliz Movies
2020 Blue Whale Creator, director
2020 Ashuddhi Creator, director


  1. ^ "International Award for 'Come December' | Bollywood News | Hindi Movies News | Celebrity News". BollywoodHungama.com. 24 November 2006. Retrieved 14 November 2013.
  2. ^ "Much ado about Mallika – The Times of India". Timesofindia.indiatimes.com. Retrieved 14 November 2013.
  3. ^ Top 10 Bollywood's hottest scenes of 2012 – Top Lists. The Times of India (18 December 2012).
  4. ^ "Why's Rajpal Yadav playing a transgender?". The Times of India. Retrieved 16 February 2015.
  5. ^ "International Award for 'Come December'". BollywoodHungama.com. Retrieved 24 November 2006.
  6. ^ "Network 7 Media Group ury to felicitate noted Filmmaker Faisal Saif at ILC Power Brand 2015 Edition". ilc2015.in. Archived from the original on 26 July 2015. Retrieved 15 June 2015.
  7. ^ "Faisal Saif bags the Best Director award at 6th Annual ILC Awards 2015". cinetalkers.com. Retrieved 16 June 2015.
  8. ^ "Superstar Rajinikanth moves Madras high court to stop release of Bollywood movie named after him". The Times of India. Retrieved 17 September 2014.
  9. ^ "'Main Hoon Rajinikanth' is not a biopic: Director Faisal Saif". Network 24. Archived from the original on 29 November 2014. Retrieved 2014-09-26.
  10. ^ "Rajinikanth wins legal battle against Main Hoon Rajinikanth makers". Hindustan Times. Archived from the original on 3 February 2015. Retrieved 3 February 2015.
  11. ^ "Bigg Boss 8: Fifth wild card contestant Faisal Saif to enter the house with Kim Kardashian". DNA. Retrieved 18 November 2014.
  12. ^ "Bigg Boss 8: Faisal Saif not going to the house,says he doesn't need it". Hindustan Times. Retrieved 21 November 2014.
  13. ^ "Shocking: A film titled For Adults Only". The Times of India. Retrieved 8 June 2015.
  14. ^ a b "Faisal Saif plans to cast foreign actress for next". Indian Express. Retrieved 8 June 2015.
  15. ^ a b "Faisal Saif's 'For Adults Only' shelved". Indian Express. Retrieved 1 September 2015.
  16. ^ "Nirob in Faisal Saif's 'Sheitaan'". The Daily Star. Retrieved 8 July 2016.

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