Shaad Ali

Shaad Ali Sehgal is an Indian film director.[1]

Shaad Ali
Relativessee Swaminathan family

Ali was born to Muzaffar Ali and Subhashini Ali née Sehgal, an Indian politician and member of the Communist Party of India (Marxist). He is thus the grandson of Azad Hind Fauj commander Lakshmi Sehgal. He studied at the Welham Boys' School and the Lawrence School, Sanawar.[2]


Shaad Ali started his career as an assistant director to Mani Ratnam, and assisted him on the film Dil Se.. (1998).

He made his directorial debut under Yash Raj Films and Madras Talkies, with Saathiya (2002), starring Vivek Oberoi and Rani Mukerji. The film was a remake of Mani Ratnam's Tamil film Alaipayuthey (2000). Saathiya's script was written by Ratnam. The film did well and established Shaad Ali in the industry.[3]

His second film was Bunty Aur Babli (2005) which for the first time brought together real-life father and son Amitabh Bachchan and Abhishek Bachchan alongside Rani Mukerji. The film was one of the biggest hits of the year.[4]

Shaad Ali's third film released on 15 June 2007. The film, titled Jhoom Barabar Jhoom stars Abhishek Bachchan, Preity Zinta, Bobby Deol and Lara Dutta in lead roles.

His fourth directorial venture was Kill Dil which got released on 14 November 2014. The movie received average reviews from critics and got lukewarm response at the Box office as well.[5][6]

He has directed movie Ok Jaanu which released on 13 January 2017. Ok Jaanu is a remake of a Tamil movie O Kadhal Kanmani. This film reunites him with A.R Rahman after a long hiatus since Saathiya (2002).

His latest movie is Soorma which is a biographical sports drama film based on the life of hockey player Sandeep Singh releasing on 13 July 2018, which reunites him once again with his favorite composers Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy.

Personal lifeEdit

He married stylist Aarti Patkar, five years after his divorce from ex-wife Shahzneen Hussian.


Year Title Director Assistant Director
1998 Dil Se.. Yes
2002 Saathiya Yes
2005 Bunty Aur Babli Yes
2007 Jhoom Barabar Jhoom Yes
2007 Guru Yes
2010 Raavan Yes
2010 Raavanan Yes
2014 Kill Dil Yes
2017 Ok Jaanu Yes
2018 Soorma Yes


  1. ^ "Shahid avoiding Shaad | Deccan Chronicle | 2010-10-04". 8 February 2011. Archived from the original on 8 February 2011. Retrieved 13 September 2012.
  2. ^ Nisheeth Sharan’s "Grillopollis" hosts Sanawar’s reunion over its first preview dated 23 October 2010 at, accessed 11 March 2012
  3. ^ "BoxOfficeIndia.Com-The complete Hindi film box office site". Archived from the original on 27 December 2007. Retrieved 13 September 2012.
  4. ^ "BoxOfficeIndia.Com-The complete Hindi film box office site". 13 December 2007. Archived from the original on 13 December 2007. Retrieved 13 September 2012.
  5. ^ "'Kill Dil' gets 'kill'ed officially; collects a mere Rs 20 crore in opening weekend". The Indian Express. 17 November 2014. Retrieved 21 November 2014.
  6. ^ "Kill Dil Review". indicine. Retrieved 21 November 2014.

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