Birthday Today : Naseeruddin Shah



Naseeruddin Shah turns 70 today! Happy Birthday to the most talented and versatile actor of all times.

Naseeruddin Shah is an Indian film and stage actor and director within the Hindi language movie industry. He’s notable in Indian parallel cinema. Further, he has won various awards and accolades in his entire career. Shah won 3 National Film Awards, 3 Filmfare Awards and a bequest at the Venice Film festival.

The govt. of India has honored him with the Padma Shri and therefore the Padma Bhushan awards for his contributions to Indian cinema.

In 2014, Naseeruddin Shah chronicled his life within the book titled-And then one day: A Memoir. The seasoned actor’s life history is a magnum opus, that takes one through all major passages of his life.  Hamish Hamilton published it.


National school of drama in Delhi

Naseeruddin Shah was born in Barabanki town of Uttar Pradesh, into a Pashtun Muslim family that originally came from Meerut. He was born to the parents Aley Mohammed Shah and Farrukh Sultan in 20th July, 1950. Naseeruddin Shah turns 70 today!

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

Naseer, as he’s lovingly referred to as, was never inquisitive about studies as a kid. He would leave of the house, away from the curious eyes of his father, to look at films along with his friends.

Post honing his craft during this mecca for stage actors, Naseeruddin Shah joined FTII (Film and tv Institute of India), Pune.

There he hung out with people like Tom Alter, and Om Puri, with whom, his zeal for acting saw new heights, widening his outlook and nurturing the creative person in him.

Personal Life

personal life

At an early age of twenty, Naseeruddin fell enamored with Manara Sikri, who was 36 years at that point and a divorcee. He married her and the duo had a daughter together, named Heeba Shah.

But soon they parted ways. However, the divorce happened after 12 years as he had promised her lump sum alimony in the marriage contract, which he couldn’t afford at the time of separation.

Further, in the 1970s, Shah met and was smitten with Ratna Pathak, the girl of Dina Pathak, a well-respected character actress. Two of them were in a live-in relationship for quite some time and then tied the knot in 1982. They have two sons from their nuptial- Imaad and Vivaan, WHO are aspiring actors as well.

The couple live in Mumbai with Imaad, Vivaan and Heeba who joined his father’s family and started living together after the demise of her mother in the 1990s.


Still from the movie Nishant

Naseeruddin Shah turns 70 today and he has carved a niche for himself in the industry like no other. Let’s trace his career through the years.

Shah has featured in movies like NishantAakroshSparshMirch MasalaAlbert Pinto Ko Gussa Kyon Ata HaiTrikalBhavni BhavaiJunoonMandiMohan Joshi Hazir Ho!Ardh SatyaKatha, and Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro.

Naseeruddin Shah had his debut with the film Nishant that was directed by Shyam Benegal in 1975. He was seen alongside some amazing arthouse actors like Smita PatilAmrish PuriGirish Karnad, and Shabana Azmi. Shah reunited with Shyam Benegal in his next directorial venture Bhumika, where he once again seen paired along with his Nishant co-stars, Smita Patil and Amrish Puri. The flick went on to receive 2 National Film Awards and widespread critical acclaim, giving Naseeruddin Shah a picture of a ‘serious’ actor.

He went on to star in path-breaking films like Umrao Jaan (1981), Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro (1983), Ardh Satya (198), Sarfarosh (1999), Monsoon Wedding (2001), Being Cyrus (2006), and A Wednesday (2008) that further made him the face of non-commercial Indian cinema.

Directorial Debut!

The actor, in 2006, turned director with the drama film Yun Hota Toh Kya Hota. The movie was based on the 9/11 attacks, and had mixed reviews from the audience.

Even after the success he possesses as a Hindi film actor, Naseeruddin Shah still calls engaged on stage, his initial and eternal love.

Net worth

His net worth as of 2019 is somewhere between $ 50 million (Rs 378 crores).

 Interesting facts about Shah

Om Puri saved his life

  • He didn’t share a good equation with his father due to his low scores academically.
  • He didn’t see or tried to contact his daughter for the first twelve years.
  • Shah feels no shame in admitting his love for pot or smoking weed, further stating that it gives him clarity of thought.
  • Naseer was once stabbed by Rajendra Jaspal in the FTII canteen in Pune. The feud was all about Jaspal not getting the roles he wanted so bad while Naseer was given all the roles. Om Puri saved his life. Super dramatic, isn’t it?
  • After legendary Richard Harris passed on to the great beyond, the creators of Harry Potter believed that Naseer might do justice to the character and wished him to audition for the role. However, Naseer wasn’t terribly keen on that and refused the audition!
  • Shah was simply thirty-two when the legendary producer Richard Attenborough was determined to audition him for the role of ‘Gandhi.’ Naseer flew to London to undertake his luck. However, once Naseer saw Ben Kingsley’s audition, he knew that the role belonged to Ben.
  •  Naseeruddin’s intensity isn’t simply restricted to his character on screen but also as an individual off-screen. On the sets of Masoom Gawah in 1990, Naseer got into a squabble with director M.M Baig because of artistic variations between the 2 of them. It went so out of the way that Naseer got into a fistfight and that we don’t seem to be shocked regarding the very fact that this remains unresolved even now.

Naseer Saab is actually one amongst those people that bring out the best in the Indian cinema. He’s one amongst the finest actors that we’ve had and his blunt and savagely honest nature solely build it higher.

Naseeruddin Shah turns 70 today and we wish him the best of health and bountiful roles for the future!

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