An extraordinary talent of Indian Cinema: Naseerudin Shah.

Anagha Telang
India from the very beginning has been a creative and enriching land. Talent and uniqueness is in the soil of this nation. When we talk about theatre and acting the country has produced gems at natiuonal and also international levels. 
Born on 20 July,1950 an Indian film & stage actor, director, and a prominent figure in Indian parallel cinema is Naseerudin Shah. 

Early Life
Shah was born into a Muslim family in Barabanki, Uttar Pradesh, India, as one of the three sons to Aley Mohammed Shah and his wife Farrukh Sultan. He is a descendant of a 19th-century Sayyid Afghan warlord Jan-Fishan Khan, who participated in the First Anglo-Afghan War and helped the British in the subsequent Indian Rebellion of 1857.

Naseer did his schooling from St. Anselm's Ajmer and St Joseph's College, Nainital. He graduated in arts from Aligarh Muslim University in 1971 and then attended National School of Drama in Delhi.

His elder brother, Lt. General Zameerud-din Shah (Retd.) PVSM, SM, VSM, was the Vice-Chancellor of Aligarh Muslim University, whose son Mohommed Ali Shah is an actor. Shah's nephew Salim Shah is also a TV and film actor. 

Acting & Film Career
Shah became active in mainstream Bollywood cinema with the 1980 film Hum Paanch. In 1982, he acted in the film Dil Aakhir Dil Hai directed by Ismail Shroff, opposite Rakhee. One of his most important films, Masoom, was released in 1983. His next major success in mainstream films was the 1986 multi-starrer film Karma where he acted alongside veteran Dilip Kumar. He has acted in several multi-starrer Bollywood films as well, such as Ghulami (1985), Tridev (1989) and Vishwatma (1992). In 1994, he acted as the villain in Mohra, his 100th film as an actor. He also acted in Malayalam cinema the same year, through T. V. Chandran's critically well acclaimed drama Ponthan Mada. In the year 2000, his dream of playing Mahatma Gandhi was fulfilled when he played Gandhi in Kamal Hassan's critically acclaimed Hey Ram which focused on the assassination of Gandhi from the assailant's point of view. Shah won critical acclaim by playing the role of Mohit, the drunken coach to a deaf and mute boy in Iqbal. Shah was praised for his roles in the 1999 Aamir Khan-starrer Sarfarosh, where he played Gulfam Hassan – a ghazal singer-cum-terrorist mastermind — and in Neeraj Pandey's critically acclaimed A Wednesday which realeased in 2008.

Shah has also starred in international projects, such as Monsoon Wedding in 2001 and a Hollywood comic book adaptation The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen in 2003.
Shah made his Pakistani film debut in Khuda Ke Liye by Shoaib Mansoor, where he played a short cameo. His second Pakistani film Zinda Bhaag was selected as the country's official entry to the 86th Academy Awards for the Best Foreign Language Film award.

As a Director
Naseeruddin Shah has been giving performances with his theatre group in the city of New Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore and Lahore. He has directed plays written by Lavender Kumar, Ismat Chughtai and Saadat Hasan Manto.
He made his directorial debut in movies, Yun Hota To Kya Hota and it was released in 2006. It stars several established actors such as Konkona Sen Sharma, Paresh Rawal, Irrfan Khan, then-newcomer Ayesha Takia, his son Imaad Shah and Ravi Baswani.

Other works
  • In 1988: acted in the eponymous television series based on the life and times of Mirza Ghalib, directed by Gulzar and telecast on DD National.
  • In 1989: acted as the Maratha King Shivaji in another eponymous television series Bharat Ek Khoj based on Jawaharlal Nehru's book The Discovery of India.
  • Mid 1990s: hosted some episodes of science magazine programme Turning Point.
  • 1999: acted as a special agent in the TV series Tarkash on Zee TV.
  • He was the first of several celebrity actors, who played the role of narrator in the popular audiobook series for kids Karadi Tales. 
  • He was the narrator in the film Paheli — the Indian entry to the 2006 Academy Awards.
  • 2017: Shah returned to film, starring in Shakespearean adaption The Hungry, screened under special presentations at the Toronto International Film Festival 2017.

Personal Life
Naseeruddin is married to famous film and TV actress Ratna Pathak who is his second wife. Before ratna Naseer was married to Parveen Murad, also known as Manara Sikri. By his second marriage, Shah has two sons, Imaad and Vivaan, both of whom are aspiring actors and a daughter Heeba from his first marriage.

Shah's memoir is titled "And Then One Day", and was published by Hamish Hamilton

  • Padma Shree- 1987
  • Padma Bhushan- 2003
  • National Film Award for Best Actor for Sparsh- 1979
  • National Film Award for Best Actor for Paar- 1984
  • National Film Award for Best Supporting Actor for Iqbal- 2006
  • Filmfare Best Actor Award for Aakrosh- 1981
  • Filmfare Best Actor Award for Chakra- 1982
  • Filmfare Best Actor Award for Masoom- 1984
  • The Volpi Cup (Award for Best Actor) for Paar- 1984
  • Sangeet Natak Akademi Award- 2000
  • International Indian Film Academy Awards — Artistic Excellence for Performance in a Negative Role for Sarfarosh- 2000
  • Life membership of International Film And Television Club of Asian Academy of Film & Television.

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