MP should have film board, film city: Aseem Ali Khan

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 10 Jun 2018 11:03:08


By Pallavi Singh,

DIFFERENT forms of art are somehow connected to each other and no matter which form of art one selects, artist always has the spark from within which is required to give a nascent makeover. Belonging to the fourth generation of Sarod family players from Gwalior Gharana, Aseem Ali Khan is an apt example of artist who carved out his way on his own in a form of art he loved the most, acting. He has worked in films like ‘Dus’, ‘Zindagi Tere Naam’ and ‘Kyun Hua Achanak’ and his suspense horror film ‘Page 16’ which will hit theatres soon. ‘The Hitavada’ talked to him about his acting journey and his experiences in the industry.

Son of late Ustad Rehmat Ali Khan and nephew of Ustad Amjad Ali Khan, Aseem has carved a niche for himself in acting industry. To pursue his interest in acting, he started doing theatre in Bhopal with Vibha Mishra and moved towards his career in films. Talking about his first play he said, “I started doing theatre in Bhopal and then I shifted to Mumbai where I worked with group of Naseeruddin Shah and other theatre groups as well. I did my first film ‘Dus’ when I was around 26 years old. After ‘Dus’ I took a gap of 4 to 5 years and went abroad.

After coming back, I again took to acting and film as my interest lies there.” In his new film, ‘Page 16’ directed by Shamshad Pathan, Aseem will be seen in the role of a young boy Ajay and which star Bidita Bag in lead opposite him. Telling about the film he said, “The film is a suspense horror film, where Ajay is haunted by his past. A book in which a poem has been written on page 16 and this is connected with something which has happened with Ajay in past. Now this event haunts Ajay and his family through this book.”

Sharing his experience with the industry he said, “Industry is a very loving place and one has to have lot of patience to succeed. One has to wait for the right role and the right script and in perseverance matters. One has to choose work wisely and draw a lie between what is good and what is not.”

While talking about acting industry though he came from a musical family he said, “I always had keen interest in acting. As I am the youngest, I had a little liberty as well, but I have continued musical legacy of family. I run a music academy named Ustad Hafiz Ali Khan Sangeet Academy in which we organised music festivals and also give stage to new budding artists. It is my way of doing the share of music propagation which my family has been doing. Promoting music and artists through the academy.” Aseem has also recommended Culture Department of Madhya Pradesh for setting up a film board and film city in the State.

“I have recommended for setting up a film board and film city in MP as it will promote local artists and will also help in providing stage to the artists in State,” he added.