Everyone knows that the film industry is filled with conflict and unhealthy professional connections. And the story of Syed Ahad Hussain is another concern that the limelight fails to shed light on. In his new statement, Syed vents his ire on martial artist and stuntman, Cyril Raffaelli, for intentionally delaying his experience letter after several pleas — a requirement he needs during this time.
Back in 2015, Syed and his known producers allegedly shared the proposal to Raffaelli to join the crew. Just within two days, the personal assistant of the stuntman in the movie “The Constable” responded and eventually presented the invitation to the film crews for Paris.
With his previous films and other projects, Syed recently updated his database. He linked with film directors and other people in the industry who had put faith on his works. In an attempt to request for his experience letter during his stint in the Bollywood film, “Baby,” Syed emailed Raffaelli’s PA for four days in September. After several attempts, Syed wrote to Cyril and his agent, Mikael Cares.
Syed Ahad Hussain mentioned that Mikael Cares and Cyril were eager to fulfill his request. Weeks later, his PA, Dila Balca Ogun, replied to his emails, claiming that they could provide him their standard format of the experience letter. Syed already thought that the transaction would sail smoothly after their conversation. But the hope he had eventually faded. As of writing, there is still no experience letter in the inbox of Syed.
For him, Raffaelli’s humble ego is nothing but play pretend. What the French traceur presents during the set and to the actors is just a facade. Furthermore, he was also casted as a supporting character on a main climax scene during “Baby”, which earned an Oscar nomination in 2016, under Raffaelli’s supervision.
Adding insult to injury, deadlines are also tailing Syed’s plans. He shared that the crew wishes to finish filming to meet the deadline and submit their project for film festivals.
Syed commented on Cyril’s tendency to procrastinate and only respect the people on higher ground. Also known as Aadi, Syed was baffled with Cyril Raffaelli’s behaviour in 2015. Moreover, his PA responded in 48 hours regarding the movie offer, and he still had his invitation for filming crew at Paris.
“They have to deliver their part of a project, whether it’s in pre- or post-productions steps like editing, color grading, or sound design before they breach their contracts with their directors and producers,” he declared.
Well aware of the psychology of most film directors and filmmakers, Syed claimed that revamping one’s mindset is not just a trip to the park. In fact, the psychology of the men behind the reels is a well-documented subject. During work, internal noises like fears, insecurities, corrupt beliefs, and egos are at play. “You can’t just meditate a little bit and say nice things to yourself,” Syed Ahad Hussain said.
Hussain expressed that real-world action, which embodies the internal change one wants to make, is an integral attribute that needs to be incorporated in one’s personality. Moreover, trusting the process is also necessary as it does not happen after one good night’s sleep. “Anything else is like putting a band-aid on a stab wound. You have to go for the deep fix, not the quick and effortless one,” Syed declared.
Cyril Raffaelli is best known for his work in Hollywood. His projects include the movies “District B13” (2004), “Ultimatum” (2009), and “Live Free Or Die Hard” in 2007.
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