Being a genius’s son can be difficult. And Imaad Shah, Naseeruddin Shah’s son, knows it all too well. The 24-year-old actor-musician, who made his acting debut with his father’s directorial debut, Yun Hota To Kya Hota (2006), says it’s not easy to impress his talented father."It’s very difficult to please my dad because he is honest and straightforward when it comes to his opinion. Generally, he is critical about performances, and it doesn’t change for me too. But if I can manage to impress him, I will consider it a job well done since he has high standards," he says.
But Naseer’s elder son is surprised that his father liked his latest venture, the just-released 404, in which he plays an erratic genius. “Honestly, I thought he would be critical about it but he was quite impressed with the film, director Prawaal (Raman) and the performances. So, I am relieved that I managed to impress my father,” smiles Imaad.
Father and son
According to Imaad, he shares a healthy relationship with Naseer. “But not all my decisions are influenced by him. No doubt, I discuss my projects with him, but he gives me complete freedom,” says the actor, who was noticed with his college boy character in Manish Tiwary’s Dil Dosti Etc. in 2007. Later, he also aced in Sooni Taraporevala’s 2009 film, Little Zizou. Besides a cameo, Imaad also made his debut recently as music director with 404. “Dad heard the songs and loved them. He liked ‘Aisa hi hai...’, especially because of the line, ‘Meerut wali chachi...’ probably since he is from North India,” says Imaad. His band, The Pulp Society composed music for 404’s soundtrack.
And although Imaad isn’t too happy with the current standard of Bollywood films, he is excited about creating more music for Hindi cinema. “I am open to composing music for more Bollywood films because the music scene is changing,” says Imaad, adding that while songs from the past couple of decades have been repetitive, we are now “fusing different kind of sounds” with today’s film music.