I. Mueenuddin Ahmed, popularly known as I. Ahmed, is a 43 year old film director and producer. He was born on 30th March 1973 in the city of Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India. He graduated from Loyola College in Chennai in Visual Communication.
He has worked for the last 15 years in the field of media, where he has created content for film, television and radio. He has directed more than 60 short films till date. He is also the managing partner of Think Entertainment. He is the writer and director of the 2009 feature film ‘Vaamanan’ and the 2013 film ‘
Endrendrum Punnagai’. He has directed and written the screenplay for the yet to be released ‘
Manithan’, which is presently in its post-production stages.
I. Ahmed was not the brightest of students at school, and it wasn’t until he joined Loyola College that he found his true niche. I. Ahmed started his career as an assistant director to ‘
Kathir’, and worked in the Tamil romantic films Kadhal Desam in 1996 and Kadhalar Dhinam in 1999. He then left for greener pastures in Singapore, where he had set up a successful ad-filmmaking company. He himself said in an interview that his life in Singapore was ‘smooth and comfortable’, but that there was always a vacuum in his life that money and comfort couldn’t occupy.
He returned to India to make films, as according to him, cinema is not something one can easily forget. He soon realized, however, that the films he wanted to make were not ones that the audience wanted to watch. He had the realization that if he wanted to make the films that were in his head, he should have moved to Hollywood. This is because in India, unlike the West, cinema is the primary entertainment source for people, and for a film to run successfully, it should be tailored to the taste of the general audience.
He tried to apply his newfound realization in the making of Vaamanan, tailoring it to what he thought the audience would like best. Despite his best efforts, it was not a huge success, and that was when he understood that he needed to implement his own style to make his creations stand out. This gave birth to Endrendrum Punnagai, which turned out to be a hit, and opened up new opportunities for the director.