Naseeruddin Shah is the name of a dazzling star of the Indian film industry. For his distinguished performances in mainstream and classical film, he is famous in his own country and in the international community. Today is his 68th birth anniversary. He was born in a Muslim family in Barabanki, Uttar Pradesh, India on this day in 1950. He is a descendant of a 19th-century Sayyid Afghan warlord Jan-Fishan Khan (Sayyid Muhammad Shah), who participated in the First Anglo-Afghan War.
Nasir Uddin Shah worked as a director and actor in Indian cinema. He has ruled in Indian main stream cinema as well as in alternate films.
He was the outstanding actor of movies like Nishant, Aakrosh, Sparsh, Mirch Masala, Albert Pinto Ko Gussa Kyon Ata Hai, Trikal, Bhavni Bhavai, Junoon, Mandi, Mohan Joshi Hazir Ho!, Ardh Satya, Katha, Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro, and Jalwa. Shah became active in mainstream Bollywood cinema with the 1980 film Hum Paanch. `Masoom` is one of his most discussed and acclaimed work.
In 1988, he played opposite his wife Ratna Pathak as Inspector Ghote, in the English language film `The Perfect Murder`. In an international film, he played the `Captain Nimo` character. His second Pakistani movie, Zinda Bhaag, earned national awards in eighty categories and was selected as the country`s official entry to the 86th Academy Awards for the Best Foreign Language Film award.
His directorial debut in movies, Yun Hota To Kya Hota was released in 2006. Shah along with Tom Alter and Benjamin Gilani formed a theatre group called Motley Productions in 1977. He played the role of Mahatma Gandhi. Besides, he acted in the eponymous television series based on the life and times of Mirza Ghalib.
His achievements include the country`s national film awards and multiple international honors. He has been honored with India`s third and fourth civilian medal Padma Bhushan and Padma Shri.