In 1963, an enthusiastic and high-spirited documentary Filmmaker Khalid Ahmed was born in Aurangabad, India to parents who were working in the fields of education in the Marathwada region. His father was a Head Master in school and mother was a home maker.
As a Child, he was extremely interested in arts and photography. Having lost his father at an early age, he bore many responsibilities thereafter. Though he faced many hardships in the early stage of his life, he never let his love for the art eradicate from his heart. He got his first Click Third camera at the age of 13 and this was the first achievement for him. No sooner he realized his dream he decided to be a professional photographer.
He completed his graduation in 1983, from Bombay (Mumbai). He started his career as a photographer in 1984 and set up his own studio in Aurangabad city named “Studio Shama”, and very soon made his own identity as a heritage photographer.
Few of his great collections include photographs and video clips of Aurangabad, Daulatabad Fort and surroundings, Kaagzipura, Khuldabad, Ellora caves, Ajanta Caves, Bidar (Karnatak), Burhanpur (Madhya Pradesh), Mandav (Madhya Pradesh), Dhar (Madhya Pradesh) Dharmapuri, Dharur Fort, Naldurg, Beed, Ankai and Tankai fort (Manmad), Brahmapuri (Sholapur), etc.
He has organized several exhibitions of his rare photographs in Aurangabad, Ambajogai, Sholapur, Ambernath (Mumbai), Nasik, and many places. First heritage photograph exhibition was inaugurated by Hon’ble justice B.H. Marlapally (Chief justice High Court Bench Aurangabad).
Though his profession as a photographer started in the early 1980’s, his mark as a director was established in the early 2000’s. He made his first documentary film for Prof. Smita Shinde named “Shaher-e-Aurangabad” in marathi language in the year 2004. But it was not until that his second documentary “Main Aurangabad Hoon” he made in association with daily Urdu news paper Hindustaan (Aurangabad Edition), which was released by Barrister Salman Khurshid in Damodar Patkar hall, Mumbai, he became well known for his work. His charismatic work and excellence performance behind the camera have earned him a lot of rave reviews.
This piece of art depicted Aurangabad into its own position and was stated as a biography of Aurangabad, narrated by Aurangabad itself. Aurangabad is a city of historical and archeological importance. It has so many heritage sites and scenic views along with the historical fort which has seen the passage of time with ease for the past many years. This work brings the highlight and importance of city to the new generation who has lost interest in the backdrop of technology.
He has served the city and the industry with his multi-dimensional views and has been part of many regional and national companies for their promotion and branding projects as well for the past many years now.
INTACH strives to protect and conserve India’s heritage. He made a documentary film for INTACH titled ‘Nahars of Aurangabad’ on the 400 years old underground tunnels of the city. This has given Khalid Ahmed an international introduction and exposure. This documentary explains the working of underground water tunnels in Aurangabad which came to existence in period of Malik Amber. This is very well researched and a must watch for every person related to Aurangabad. This was a milestone in his career and it was also invited in a film festival in Orissa.
In a short span of time he got associated with another Multi-National brand in the retail industry. He has done multiple projects with Nirlep including some short films on its Brand project, Nirlep History, Plant commission.
He has also made two identical documentaries with some variations for a social cause on the concept of Madarsa modernization for different institutions viz., SETU Charitable trust and Azam Campus (Pune). These were untouched concepts in the city and they received fantastic response from the critics. These small projects highlighted the modernization of muslim madarsas in India. They were titled as Madarsa Jadidkari.
By this time there was no turning around for him, as he continued to work harder on his projects and his hard work bore fruits when he was approached by one of the biggest giants of the soft drinks industry, PepsiCo India to direct a short documentary on a water project in collaboration with ADI Chandigarh.