Bollywood Profile of Naseeruddin Shah
Other names: Nasiruddin Shah
Date of Birth: 20 July 1950
Height: 5'10" or 1.78 m
Children: daughter Heeba Manara Shah
Marital status: married
Spouse: Ratna Pathak
Education: National School of Drama in Delhi, Film and Television Institute of India
Occupation: bollywood actor/director
Debut Film: Nishaant
Shah showed interest in an acting career from his childhood. He graduated from the National School of Drama in 1973 and enrolled in the Film and Television Institute of India the same year.
After watching Geoffrey Kendall's theatre group, Shakespeareana perform at his school, Naseeruddin Shah was very impressed with the art of acting. He joined the Pune Film Institute and in 1975, Shyam Benegal offered him 'Nishaant'. His debut film was followed by several supporting roles in Shyam Benegal's films.His major break through came with 'Junoon' in 1979 where he played the character of a hotheaded revolutionary and with 'Aakrosh' as the activist lawyer. His subsequent films, 'Masoom', 'Khandhan', 'Paar', 'Katha', `Sparsh` and 'Pestonjee' established him as an actor par excellence.
However his stint with commercial cinema in films like 'Tridev', 'Mohra', and 'Najayaz' did not make much demand on his talent. And today, Naseeruddin Shah is busy doing theatre and also teaching at acting workshops. His recent performance in `Sarfarosh` as a muslim with divided loyality has come in for a lot of praise.
His wife Ratna Pathak Shah and daughter Heeba Manara Shah have also graduated from the National School of Drama (1981 and 1999 batches respectively).
He retained his Muslim name and did not adapt a Hindu screen name (which was done by some popular actors, most notably Dilip Kumar) owing to a promise he made his father .
Lt Gen Zameer Uddin Shah , brother of Naseeruddin Shah was appointed the Deputy Chief of Army Staff , Indian Army on Oct 1st 2006.
1980: National Film Awards for Best Actor, Sparsh
1980: Filmfare Best Actor Award, Aakrosh
1981: Filmfare Best Actor Award, Chakra
1983: Filmfare Best Actor Award, Masoom
1985: National Film Awards for Best Actor, Paar
1984: The Volpi Cup (Award for Best Actor) at Venice Film Festival for Paar
1987: Padma Shri, India's fourth highest civilian award
2000: IIFA Award - Artistic Excellence for Performance in a Negative Role for Sarfarosh
2003: Padma Bhushan, India's third highest civilian award
2004: 7th International Film Festival of Mumbai - Award for contribution to Indian cinema
Ek Dhun Banaras Kee
The Great New Wonderful
Valley of Flowers
Main Hoon Na
The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen
3 Deewarein (3 Walls)
Encounter: The Killing
The Tragedy of Hamlet
Mujhe Meri Biwi Se Bachaao
Tune Mera Dil Le Liya
Sar Utha Ke Jiyo
Such a Long Journey
Dhoondte Reh Jaaoge!
Lahu Ke Do Rang
Private Detective: Two Plus Two Plus One
Kabhi Haan Kabhi Naa
Daku Aur Police
Chor Pe Mor
The Perfect Murder
Zulm Ko Jala Doonga
Yeh Woh Manzil To Nahin
Trikal: (Past, Present, Future)
Mohan Joshi Hazir Ho!
Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro
Woh 7 Din
Dil... Akhir Dil Hai
Albert Pinto Ko Gussa Kyon Ata Hai
Bhumika: The Role