Naseeruddin Shah is celebrating his birthday today. Winner of three National Film awards and Filmfare awards, Naseeruddin Shah was born on July 20, 1950. He is the recipient of two civilian awards, the Padma Shri and Padma Bhushan for his contribution in the field of arts. the talented artist is a legend with his work in not just Hindi but Bengali, Urdu, Kannada, Tamil and English. He was last seen in Aiyaary and Hope Aur Hum.
Naseeruddin Shah was born into a Muslim family in Uttar Pradesh. He started acting career at the age of 14.
The first play that Naseer performed was Shakespeare’s Merchant of Venice.
Naseeruddin Shah did his schooling at St Anselm's Ajmer and after graduating in Arts from Aligarh Muslim University in the year 1971, he attended the National School of Drama in Delhi.
He has also appeared in international films. He has played Captain Nemo in the Hollywood adaptation The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen
Shah's wife Ratna is a theatre actor as well as Indian film actor. She has acted in Bollywood and Television shows. Recently, she was seen in ‘Lipstick Under My Burkha’ in a bold avatar. The movies was in controversy but finally hit theatres on Friday
Naseeruddin Shah’s daughter Heeba Shah has worked in films like Missed Call, Mango Souffle and Ravi Goes to School. She has bagged a role in Majid Majidi’s Beyond the Clouds.
Nishant, Shah’s Bollywood debut movie won the National Award for the best film and was also nominated for the Oscar. In 1977, he established a theatre group named Motley Productions with Benjamin Gilani and Tom Alter.
Naseeruddin Shah has been honoured with Padma Shri in 1987 and Padma Bhushan in 2003
He has been in theatre for more than 50 years
He has also acted in Pakistani films. His first Pakistani film was Khuda Ke Liye by Shoaib Mansoor where he played a short cameo. His second Pakistani film was Zinda Bhaag which was selected as the country's official entry to the 86th Academy Awards for the Best Foreign Language Film award
Naseeruddin Shah and Amitabh Bachchan have almost been cast together several times, but the projects never materialised. Thus, they have never acted together in any film in Bollywood.
Shah has written his memoir And Then One Day, published by Hamish Hamilton.
He played a role in the movie 'Sapno Ka Saudagar' when he was only 18. However, his scene was edited out before the film released.
He has been awarded the life membership of International Film And Television Club of Asian Academy of Film and Television.
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