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Naseeruddin Shah

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Naseeruddin Shah (born July 20, 1950) is an Indian film and stage actor and director of the Hindi film industry. He is famous in Indian parallel films. He has won numerous awards in his career, including three National Film Awards, three Filmfare Awards, and awards at the Venice Film Festival. The Indian government has won the Padma Shri and Padma Bhushan Awards for their contribution to Indian cinema.

Naseeruddin Shah was born in the village of Barabanki, Uttar Pradesh, to a Muslim family originally from Meerut.

Naseeruddin Shah is St. Anselm's Ajmer and St. Educated at Joseph's College, Nainital. In 1971, he studied art at Aligarh Muslim University and attended the National Theater School in Delhi.

In 1999, he worked as a special agent in the TV series Tarkash on Zee TV. He took on the role of a nightmare-stricken retired agent, who seems to know something about a terrifying terrorist who somehow has something to do with the past. He played the villain in Safarosh (1999) with the dual identity of a Gazal singer and Pakistani spy in support of terrorism in India, and the first of several famous actors to play the narrator in the popular audiobook series for children in Kara D. Tales Was. He was the commentator for the film Paheli, an Indian entry for the 2006 Academy Awards.

Naseeruddin Shah also appeared on international projects such as Monsoon Wedding in 2001 and Hollywood Adaptation of The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen in 2003 (co-starring Sean Connery), where he played Captain Nemo. His portrayal of his Nemo is very close to the design of a graphic novel, although his Nemo is much less manic. He worked in India for Shakespeare's Macbeth (Maqbool) in 2003 by Vishal Bhardwaj, and in 2004 in Asambhav in Rajiv Rai, opposite Arjun Rampal and Priyanka Chopra. Then he continued working on The Great New Wonderful (2005). In 2011, Naseeruddin Shah starred in The Dirty Picture. He played hermit-grown marijuana in his forest retreat in Anup Kurian's The Blueberry Hunt, starred opposite Kalki Koechlin in Waiting, and both were released in 2016.

Naseeruddin Shah is performing with theater companies in places such as New Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore and Lahore. He directed plays written by Lavender Kumar, Ismat Chughtai and Saadat Hasan Manto.

In the mid-1990s, Naseeruddin Shah also hosted some episodes of the science magazine program Turning Point.

Naseeruddin Shah played the drunk coach Mohit for a deaf boy in Iqbal, which was written by Vipul K Rawal with Shah in mind. Naseeruddin Shah was famous for his role in the Aamir Khan cast Sarfarosh in 1999, where he played Gulfam Hassan, a Ghazal singer and terrorist, and A Wednesday (2008) by Neeraj Pandey.

In 1988, he starred in the eponymous TV series based on the life and times of Mirza Ghalib, directed by Gulzar and aired by DD National.

In 2017, Naseeruddin Shah returned to cinema, starred in the Shakespeare adaptation film The Hungry, and was featured at the Toronto International Film Festival 2017.

Naseeruddin Shah made her Pakistani film debut in Shoaib Mansoor's Khuda Ke Liye, where she played a short cameo. His second Pakistani film, Zinda Bhaag, was selected as an official entry for the 86th Academy Best Foreign Language Film.

In the 1970s, Naseeruddin Shah met Ratna Patak, the daughter of the respected actor Dina Patak, and fell in love with him. Ratna's sister, actor Supriya Patak, married Shahid Kapoor's father, actor Pan Kai Kapoor, on her first marriage. In the 70s and 80s, Naseeruddin Shah and Ratna Pathak co-starred in several films, including Mirch Masala and The Perfect Murder. They have been living together for many years, and Naseeruddin  Shah has collected the mehr needed to divorce Manara. Naseeruddin Shah and Pathak finally got married in 1982. With his second marriage, Naseeruddin Shah has two sons, Imaad and Vivaan, who will both become actors. The couple lives in Mumbai with Heeba, Imaad and Vivaan.

He has also worked in several star Bollywood films such as Ghulami (1985), Tridev (1989) and Vishwatma (1992). In 1994, he played a villain in his 100th film Mohra as an actor. In the same year, he entered the Malayalam film through the drama Ponthan Mada by T. V. Chandran. The film portrayed the irrational bond between a feudal serf (played by Mammothy) and a colonial landlord (played by Shaga). He believed strongly that the distinction between art and commercial film, especially when the former director produced commercial films, has greatly diminished. In 2000, Shah played Mahatma Gandhi in Hey Ram in Kamal Hassan, which focused on the assassination of Gandhi from the perpetrator's point of view.

In 1989, he played Maratha King Shivaji in another eponymous TV series Bharat Ek Khoj based on Jawaharlal Nehru's book The Discovery of India.

Naseeruddin Shah's memoir is titled And Then One Day and published by Hamish Hamilton.

Naseeruddin Shah has worked in films such as Nishant, Aakrosh, Sparsh, Mirch Masala, Albert Pinto Ko Gussa Kyon Ata Hai, Trikal, Bhavni Bhavai, Junoon, Mandi, Mohan Joshi Hazir Ho!, Ardh Satya, Katha, Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro. He made his debut with a small role in the film Aman (1967) starring Rajendra kumar and Saira Banu.

In 1977, Naseeruddin Shah, Tom Alter and Benjamin Gilani formed a play group called Motley Productions. Their first play was Samuel Beckett's Waiting for Godot, staged at the Prithvi Theater on July 29, 1979.

His directorial debut, Yun Hota To Kya Hota, was released in 2006. Several famous actors appear, such as Konkona Sen Sharma, Paresh Rawal, Irrfan Khan, then newcomer Ayesha Takia, his son Imaad Shah and his old friend Ravi Baswani. .

Naseeruddin Shah was active in mainstream Bollywood films with the 1980 film Hum Paanch. In 1982, he starred opposite Rocky in the film Dil a Kirdil High, directed by Ismail Shrov. One of his most important films, Masoom, was released in 1983 and was filmed at St Joseph's College in Nainital. His next biggest success in mainstream cinema was the 1986 multi-star film Karma, where he played alongside veteran Dilip Kumar. He starred in films such as Ijaazat (1987), Jalwa (1988) and Hero Hiralal (1989). In 1988 he played Inspector Ghote, the fictional detective of H. R. F. Keating's novel novel, in the Merchant Ivory English film The Perfect Murder, as opposed to his wife Ratna Pathak. He played alongside Aditya Pancholi in films such as Maalamaal (1988) and Game (1993).

Naseeruddin was often controversial for his criticism of senior actors like Dilip Kumar and Rajesh Khanna, fellow actors like Anupam Kher, juniors like Shahrukh Khan and Salman Khan, cricketer Virat Kohli, politician and prime minister Narendra Modi. It. Naseeruddin Shah said that those who watch Shahrukh and Salman's movies shouldn't watch his movies. In July 2016, Naseeruddin Shah criticized La Jesse Kanna for the mediocrity of the film's poorly acting in the 1970s. He also said that the veteran actor was not the person he met. However, after being criticized by several people at the Bollywood Brethren, including later Rajesh Khanna's daughter Twinkle, Naseeruddin apologized for his views. On December 18, 2018, he caused controversy by calling Vi Ratkoli the world's worst acting cricketer. Naseeruddin Shah became a target of right-wing media after responding to a joint violence incident in December 2018. He said he felt unsafe in India right now, and said he was concerned about the safety of his children if he fell into a mob violent situation. In January 2020, Naseeruddin Shah became a target of right-wing media, criticizing his co-actor Anupamker for supporting the Government of India's Citizenship Amendment Act.

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