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Naseeruddin Shah

Naseeruddin Shah

Biography:  Naseeruddin Shah is an Indian film and stage actor and director, and a prominent figure in Indian parallel cinema. He received numerous awards, including the Filmfare Award, the Padma Shri, the National Film Award, the Padma Bhushan, and the Dubai International Film Festival Award. Early and   Personal Life He did his schooling at St. Anselm's in Ajmer. He graduated in arts from Aligarh Muslim University in 1971 and attended the National School of Drama in Delhi. He has seen success in both mainstream Bollywood cinema and parallel cinema. He also appeared in many international films, most notably playing Captain Nemo in the Hollywood comic book adaptation, The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen. His elder brother, Lt. General Zahiruddin Shah, retired from the Indian Army in early 2008 as Deputy Chief of Army Staff (Planning and Systems) and formerly commanded Dimapur-based 3 Corps. He was married to Bollywood actress Ratna Pathak Shah. Career He became active in mainstream movies, popularly known as "Bollywood," with the 1980 film Hum Paanch. His next major success in mainstream films came with the 1986 multi-starrer Karma, in which he co-starred with veteran Dilip Kumar.   Sole hero films such as Ijaazat (1987), Jalwa (1988), and Hero Hiralal (1988) followed. In 1988, he played opposite his wife Ratna Pathak as Inspector Ghote, the fictional detective of H. R. F. Keating's novels, in the Merchant-Ivory English-language film The Perfect Murder. He 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 strongly believed that the distinction between art and commercial films had largely been reduced, especially with the directors of the former also making commercial films. In 2000, his dream of playing Mahatma Gandhi was realised when he played Gandhi in Kamal Hassan's critically acclaimed film Hey Ram, which focused on the assassination of Gandhi from the assailant's point of view. Later, he starred in international projects such as Monsoon Wedding in 2001 and a Hollywood comic book adaptation of The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen in 2003 (co-starring Sean Connery), where he played the role of Captain Nemo. His portrayal of Nemo was very close to the design of the graphic novel, although his Nemo was far less manic. He worked on an Indian adaptation of Shakespeare's Macbeth, titled Maqbool, in 2004. He then went on to work in The Great New Wonderful. He was later spotted in A Wednesday. He also made his Pakistani film debut in the critically acclaimed and controversial film Khuda Ke Liye by Shoaib Mansoor, where he played a short yet powerful cameo. Other Media and Art Forms In 1977, he, along with Tom Alter and Benjamin Gilani, formed a theatre group called Motley Productions. Their first play was Samuel Beckett's novel Waiting for Godot, which was staged at Prithvi Theatre on July 29, 1979. In 1988, he 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, he acted as Maratha King Shivaji in another eponymous television series, Bharat Ek Khoj, based on Jawaharlal Nehru's book The Discovery of India, directed by noted film director Shyam Benegal. The role of Aurangzeb was performed by Om Puri. It was rumoured that he was paid Rs. 4 lakhs per episode.The story of Shivaji was spread over two episodes. In 1998, he played Mahatma Gandhi in the play Mahatma Vs. Gandhi (which examined the Mahatma's relationship with his first son, Harilal Gandhi).With this, he achieved his objective of portraying Mahatma Gandhi. Incidentally, in 2000, he again portrayed the Mahatma, this time in the film Hey Ram. His performance in Sarfarosh (1999) was widely acclaimed. He played the villain with a dual identity as a ghazal singer and Pakistani spy who supports terrorism in India. He was widely appreciated in his role as Mohit, a drunken coach in the critically acclaimed film Iqbal. The role was specially written with him in mind by Vipul K. Rawal, the writer of Iqbal. The role got him rave reviews. He was the first of several celebrity actors who played the role of a narrator in the popular audiobook series for kids, Karadi Tales. He was also the narrator in the film Paheli, the Indian entry for the 2006 Academy Awards. As Director Naseeruddin Shah has been giving performances with his theatre troupe at places such as New Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, and Lahore. He has directed plays written by Ismat Chughtai and Saadat Hasan Manto. His directorial debut was made with the movie Yun Hota to Kya Hota, which was released in 2006. The movie starred several established actors, such as Paresh Rawal and Irfan Khan, and newcomer Ayesha Takia.
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Naseeruddin Shah Movies

Movie Director
as Actor
Anubhav Sinha 2024
as Actor
Mihir Desai 08 Mar 2024
as Actor
Aasmaan Bhardwaj 13 Jan 2023
Vishal Bharadwaj 30 Jun 2023

Naseeruddin Shah: Age, Net Worth, Movies, Family, and Personal Details

Naseeruddin Shah

Name Naseeruddin Shah
Profession(s) Main Profession
Actor, Director

Other Profession
Date Of Birth 20 Jul 1949
Age 75
Birth Place Barabanki, Uttar Pradesh
Current Residence Mumbai
Religion Islam
Nationality Indian
Height 170 cm
Zodiac Sign Leo
Hobbies Playing tennis and Reading

Naseeruddin Shah Family

Father Aley mohammed Shah
Mother Farrukh Sultan
Sibling Lt. General Zameerud-din- Shah

Late Manara Sikri

Ratna pathak (01 Apr 1982)
Children Imaad Shah, Vivaan SHah, Heeba Shah

Naseeruddin Shah Education

Education Qualification Graduatted in Arts
College(s) Aligarh Muslim University, UP, National School of Drama, Delhi
School(s) St. Anslem's Ajmer, Rajasthan, St Joseph’s College, Nainital

Naseeruddin Shah Net Worth

Net Worth $50 Million

Naseeruddin Shah Debut Movies

Hindi Sarfarosh
Hindi Yun Hota Toh Kya Hota

Naseeruddin Shah Awards

Year Award Category status movie
2006 National Film Award Best Supporting Actor Winner
1987 The Government of India Padma Shri contributions to Indian cinema Winner
IIFA Awards Excellence Performance Negative Character Winner

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