Whenever he has made his appearance in stage or films in Bollywood or Hollywood, his mannerisms, dialogue delivery and power of capturing emotions perfectly has always left a huge footprint in the minds of the audience. He has been adorned with 3 National Awards, 3 Filmfare Awards and even honoured with the Best Actor Award at the Venice Film Festival. Let us wish the versatile actor and director Naseeruddin Shah, born July 20th 1950, a very Happy 70th Birthday.

Though his family was originally from Meerut, Naseeruddin was born in Barabanki, Uttar Pradesh. After his schooling from St. Anselm’s in Ajmer and St. Joseph’s College in Nainital and graduation in Arts from Aligarh Muslim University, he joined the National School of Drama in Delhi to further his pursuits of becoming an actor.

Though he had made his Hindi movie debut way back in 1967 with a small role in a movie titled Aman, which starred Rajendra Kumar and Saira Banu in lead roles, it was only since 1980 that he became active in Bollywood, with his first prominent appearance being in the movie Hum Paanch.

The garland of excellent movies that he has served to us include Nishant, Sparsh, Akrosh, Masoom, Paar, Albert Pinto Ko Gussa Kyun Aata Hai, Mirch Masala, Mandi, Ardh Satya, Mohan Joshi Hazir Ho, Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro, Sarfarosh, A Wednesday, Finding Fanny and the Ishqiya series. In totality, he has acted in more than 100 Hindi movies and always left his mark be it as a villain, a middle-class common man or even when performing comedy. He has even directed a movie titled “Yun Hota Toh Kya Hota” that had the late Irrfan Khan and Konkona Sen Sharma in the cast. He has also delivered impactful performances in severe Hollywood movies, one of them being The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, in which he co-starred with Sean Connery and essayed the role of Captain Nemo.

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He has twice won the National Award for Best Actor in the movies Sparsh and Paar and a Best Supporting Actor for the role of an alcoholic Cricket coach in Iqbal. The movies Aakrosh, Chakra and Masoom have also won him Filmfare Best Actor Awards. He has been also active in Television and one of his most memorable performances has been in the title role of Mirza Ghalib in 1988. Theatre has been his first love and he continues to direct and act in many plays till date. He has even penned down his autobiography titled “And then One Day – A Memoir”.

Naseeruddin Shah has been awarded with the Padma Shri in 1987 and the Padma Bhushan in 2003 by the Government of India for his contribution to Indian cinema. He is married to noted theatre, television and film actress Ratna Pathak Shah and they have two children Imaad and Vivaan, both of whom are following in the footsteps of their legendary parents and trying to establish themselves as actors.

Let us pray for his healthy life and expect more offerings from his end that will continue to enthrall fans of pure acting.

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