Naseeruddin Shah began his acting career in 1975 with Shyam Benegal’s feature film Nishant, where he worked alongside actors like Smita Patil, Shabana Azmi and Amrish Puri. The film is considered a milestone in Indian parallel cinema.
Veteran actor Naseeruddin Shah celebrates his 72nd birthday today, July 20. Born in the Barabanki district of Uttar Pradesh, Shah remains well known for his works in Indian parallel cinema. Apart from acting in several Hindi films, Naseeruddin Shah has also worked as a theater artist and director.
Naseeruddin Shah began his acting career in 1975 with the feature film by Shyam Benegal Nishant, where he worked alongside actors like Smita Patil, Shabana Azmi and Amrish Puri. The film is considered a milestone in Indian parallel cinema. Over a career spanning over four decades, Naseeruddin Shah has received numerous awards, including three national awards.
On the occasion of Naseeruddin Shah’s birthday, here is a preview of his award-winning films:
Released in 1980, the film was directed by Sai Paranjpye and starred Shah and Shabana Azmi in the lead roles. Shah and Azmi starred as visually impaired people. Due to his stellar acting, Naseeruddin Shah received his first National Best Actor Award.
Directed by Govind Nihalani, the film was released in 1980. Aakroch featuring Naseeruddin Shah, Amrish Puri and Om Puri. The film won a National Film Award and Shah received a Filmfare Award for Best Actor.
Released in 1984, director Gautam Ghose featured Naseeruddin Shah, Shabana Azmi and Om Puri in the lead roles. The film, which is a commentary on poverty and exploitation in rural Bihar, is based on the Bengali story Paathi.
Sahh’s role in Nagesh Kukunoor’s directorial project Iqbaal is considered one of the veteran actor’s finest performances. The film starred Shah and Shreyas Talpade in the lead roles and was a coming-of-age sports drama film. The film revolves around the life of a deaf and mute boy Iqbaal (played by Talpade), who overcomes all odds to fulfill his dream of playing for the Indian cricket team.
Released in 2008, the film starred Naseeruddin Shah and Anupam Kher in the lead roles. The film revolves around the most haunting case in the life of a police commissioner (played by Anupam Kher). Shah tried out for the role of an ordinary man who decides to take matters into his own hands to avenge the wave of terrorist attacks in the country.