'How to Iron a Shirt': A Heartfelt Lesson in Ironing & Fatherhood

A story of how his father imparted the art of ironing, contrasting with the usual lessons taught by other fathers.
A story of how his father imparted the art of ironing, contrasting with the usual lessons taught by other fathers.Ali Asger Nabi

In today’s digital age, an array of new-age films is emerging; exploring innovative formats like never before. Among these, short films showcased on Instagram reels are currently gaining widespread attention. Tailored for today’s audience with shorter attention spans, these films still manage to exude cinematic sensations.

Ali Asger Nabi is a contemporary creator and filmmaker making a mark on Instagram, particularly known for his engaging and inventive short film reels. In this time and space where everything dominated by quick content consumption and fleeting attention spans, Nabi’s work stands out for its ability to encapsulate narratives within the confines of Instagram reels, resonating with audiences seeking cinematic experiences in bite-sized formats.

How To Iron A Shirt
How To Iron A ShirtAli Asger Nabi
I’ve always had a very special connection with my father. He’s an NRI and is usually not in the country for the better part of the year, so we tend to miss out on those special father-son moments. Yet he’s taught me so much in the time we have gotten together. And one of those was the essential skill of ironing a shirt. He said it’s what distinguishes a man from a gentleman. And soon enough, I was mastering the art of ironing. 
Ali Asger Nabi

His new narrative reel, titled 'How to Iron a Shirt', depicts a heartwarming story of how his father imparted the art of ironing, contrasting with the usual lessons taught by other fathers. Through witty and sardonic narration, Ali guides the viewers through the intricacies of ironing a shirt with techniques passed down by his father. From start to finish, each segment of the shirt is meticulously ironed, accompanied by tips and tricks for achieving the perfect result.

How To Iron A Shirt
How To Iron A ShirtAli Asger Nabi

Nabi draws inspiration from famous figures like Bo Burnham and Donald Glover (Childish Gambino) who have significantly influenced his creative journey. Burnham's comedic talents and directorial skills have shaped Nabi's perception of humour and storytelling, while Glover's multifaceted talent across music, writing, and comedy has inspired Nabi to explore diverse creative avenues without confining himself to a singular art form.

I definitely learned to not overindulge and love what you’ve created too much, because you’re making it for them and not you. It’s for the audience, so just because you like a frame or a joke too much, doesn’t mean it needs to be included. If it doesn’t add to it, take it out and forget. 
Ali Asger Nabi
How To Iron A Shirt
How To Iron A ShirtAli Asger Nabi

Throughout his creative process, Nabi emphasizes the importance of creating content for the audience rather than personal indulgence. He advocates for a meticulous editing process, acknowledging that not every element one loves should necessarily be included if it doesn't contribute positively to the final product. Additionally, Nabi stresses the significance of trusting the creative process, as demonstrated by his initial doubts about the project's relatability and subsequent overwhelming audience responses.

And of course, the other thing is to trust the process. While shooting this I constantly thought of scrapping the project, because I felt it was too boring and un-relatable. Yet when I saw the final product and the overwhelming responses I’ve received and am receiving till now, it makes it all worth it.
Ali Asger Nabi
How To Iron A Shirt
How To Iron A ShirtAli Asger Nabi

Acknowledging the impact of pioneers in the digital content space like Casey Neistat and acclaimed filmmakers such as David Fincher, Nabi draws inspiration from their impressive contributions, setting a benchmark for content creation and visual storytelling.

Collaboration plays a significant role in Nabi's creative process, notably with his close friend and collaborator, Padmanabh Sant. Together, they brainstorm ideas, refine them, and divide responsibilities in a structured manner, contributing to the overall creative vision. Feedback from trusted sources remains pivotal, guiding their decisions regarding the release of their content.

How To Iron A Shirt
How To Iron A ShirtAli Asger Nabi
It usually takes a week or so to meditate on anything we put out, where we generally show it to other close friends and take their opinions. And we’ve realised feedback is essential when it comes to creation. When we think it’s something people would stick around to watch, it’s uploaded. 
Ali Asger Nabi

Nabi's approach to content creation not only highlights his creative versatility but also underscores the significance of storytelling, relatability, and the amalgamation of personal experiences within the digital realm, catering to the evolving preferences of contemporary audiences.

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