Did you know that renowned poet Kaifi Azmi appeared as a grandfather in a film called Naseem (1995). This was perhaps his only film as an actor which is directed by Saeed Mirza
The film is about the delicate relationship between a 15-year-old girl and her grandfather and is used to describe how the growing political tensions between Muslims and Hindus in 1992 which led to the destruction of a medieval Muslim mosque and subsequently, violent rioting in the streets of Bombay. Naseem means Morning breeze, and charts the story of a young school going girl Naseem in the months leading up to the demolition of Babri Masjid in 1992. She shares deep and loving bond with his ill grandfather who represents the era of communal harmony between Hindus and Muslims in India, as he fondly recalls the times he spent in pre-Independent Agra. As communal tension erupts in the city of Bombay, Naseem gets increasingly bewildered by changing dynamics at her school and in the neighborhood, while her grandfather watches helplessly at a city getting deeply divided over the Babri Masjid issue
* Rhythm House at Kala Ghoda Mumbai has a collection of Saeed Mirza’s films.