Naseeruddin Shah was born July 20, 1950 is an Indian film and theater actor and director in the Hindi film industry. It is remarkable in Indian parallel cinema. He has won numerous awards during his career, including three National Film Awards, three Filmfare Awards and an award at the Venice Film Festival. The Indian government has awarded him the Padma Shri and Padma Bhushan awards for his contribution to Indian cinema.
Naseeruddin Shah was born in the town of Barabanki in Uttar Pradesh to a Muslim family originally from Meerut.
Shah was educated at St. Anselm’s Ajmer and St Joseph’s College, Nainital. He graduated in arts from Aligarh Muslim University in 1971 and attended the National School of Drama in Delhi.
His older brother, Lieutenant General Zameerud-din Shah (retired) PVSM, SM, VSM, was Vice-Chancellor of Aligarh Muslim University.
In the 1970s, Shah met and fell in love with Ratna Pathak, the daughter of Dina Pathak, a much respected actress. Ratna’s sister, actress Supriya Pathak, is married to actor Pankaj Kapoor, who is Shahid Kapoor’s father through his first marriage. During the 70s and 80s, Naseeruddin Shah and Ratna Pathak starred in several films including Mirch Masala and The Perfect Murder. They lived in a residential relationship for many years as Shah gathered the required mehr to divorce Manara. Shah and Pathak were finally married in 1982. By his second marriage, Shah has two sons, Imaad and Vivaan, both of whom are aspiring actors. The couple live in Mumbai with Heeba, Imaad and Vivaan.
Naseeruddin Shah did not have a smooth or easy going relationship with his father, Aley Mohammed Shah. This friction was a result of high expectations of his father from him when it came to academics. In fact, his father was gravely disappointed when Naseeruddin decided to pursue acting.
2. Early First Marriage
Naseeruddin Shah married his first wife at the age of 19. However, this is not the shocking bit. He fell in love with a 34-year old lady, named Purveen, who was a Pakistani medical student at Aligarh Muslim University. However, the marriage tanked when Naseeruddin Shah got into the National School of Drama.
3. Disappointing Fatherhood
Naseeruddin started seeing his family as an obstacle to his new way of life he found at NSD. He broke contact with Purveen, who shifted to London with his baby. This resulted in Shah not seeing or contacting his daughter for 12 straight years. It’s ironic how similar his real life is to his character in Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara.
4. Weed Enthusiast
Naseeruddin Shah has never shied away from being vocal about his love for smoking pot. In fact, he has openly revealed that weed helps him think clearly and that he was merrily stoned in many phases of his life.
5. Never Call Him A Method Actor
If you ever get the opportunity to meet the actor in real life, remember to never compliment him by using the term ‘method actor’. Shah has stated that he actually wanted to be a singing, dancing commercial actor but failed at it.
6. Saved by Om Puri (literally!)
This one is quite a dramatic incident. There was a time when Naseeruddin Shah was the first preference of every director. This led Rajendra Jaspal to stab Shah out of fury since Shah was getting the roles he desired. It was none other than Om Puri who took Shah to the emergency and literally saved his life. Flutin