Naseeruddin Shah is an Indian film and stage actor and director, and a prominent figure in Indian parallel cinema. Shah has won numerous awards in his career, including three National Film Awards, three Filmfare Awards and an award at the Venice Film Festival. The Government of India has honoured him with the Padma Shri and the Padma Bhushan awards for his contributions to Indian cinema. Shah has also appeared in the Pakistani films such as Khuda Kay Liye and Zinda Bhaag.
Real Name: Naseeruddin Shah
Profession: Actor, Director
Date of Birth: 20 July 1949
Age (as in 2018): 68 Years
Birth Place: Barabanki, Uttar Pradesh, India
Zodiac sign: Leo
Hometown: Barabanki, Uttar Pradesh, India
School: St. Anselm’s Ajmer, Rajasthan
St Joseph’s College, Nainital
College: Aligarh Muslim University, Uttar Pradesh
National School of Drama, Delhi
Educational Qualifications: Graduate in Arts
Hobbies: Playing Tennis, Reading
Physical Stats & Features
Height: 5’ 7”
Weight: 71 kg
– Chest: 39 Inches
– Waist: 32 Inches
– Biceps: 11 Inches
Eye Color: Dark Brown
Hair Color: White
Film: Nishant (1975)
Directorial: Yun Hota to Kya Hota (2006)
Marital Status: Married
Affairs/Girlfriends: Not Known
Wife/Spouse: Late Parveen Murada aka Manara Sikri, Actress
Ratna Pathak, Actress
Son- Imaad Shah, Vivaan Shah (Both Actors)
Daughter- Heeba Shah, Actress (Daughter from first wife)
Some Interesting Facts About Naseeruddin Shah
- Naseeruddin started acting (Theatre) at a young age of 14. Shakespeare’s Merchant of Venice was his first theatrical show.
- Shah’s debut movie, Nishant (1975), was awarded the National Award in the Best Film category. The film was subsequently nominated for the Oscars.
- His first wife, Late Parveen Murad, was 16 years older than him at the time of their marriage. 2 years later, the couple had a tiff and decided to part ways. However, Shah did not divorce his wife, as in his nikaahnama (Muslim marriage contract), Shah had not only promised a huge amount of money to his wife as alimony but had also disclaimed the right to bigamy.
- Even after becoming an established actor, Shah did not give up his love for theater. As a result, he along with a few friends founded a theater group named Motley Productions in the year 1977.
- Interestingly, Shah was the first choice to play the role of Mahatma Gandhi in the film- Gandhi (1982). However, Ben Kingsley overshadowed him at the auditions and grabbed the role.
- For his immense contribution to the field of acting/theater, Shah was awarded the Padma Shri in 1987 followed by the Padma Bhushan in 2003.Naseeruddin Shah receiving the Padma Bhushan
- Aside from Bollywood, Shah has also acted in a number Hollywood and Pakistani movies. His role of Captain Nemo in the 2003 Hollywood flick, The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, was widely appreciated.
- Notably, Shah has been honored with the lifetime membership of International Film And Television Club of Asian Academy of Film and Television.
- According to reports, the directors of Harry Potter wanted to audition Naseeruddin Shah for the role of Albus Dumbledore, after the actor who played it passed away prior to the shooting of the third installment of the movie series. Shah, however, refused to audition and the role was passed over to English actor Michael Gambon.