Naseeruddin Shah

Not to be confused with Naser al-Din Shah Qajar.
Naseeruddin Shah
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Shah in 2011
Born Naseeruddin Shah
(1950-08-16) 16 August 1950 (age 66) [a]
Barabanki, Uttar Pradesh, India
Nationality Indian
Occupation Actor, Environmentalist
Years active 1972–present
Spouse(s) Parveen Murad, also known as Manara Sikri (deceased)
Ratna Pathak (m. 1982)
Children Heeba Shah
Imaad Shah
Vivaan Shah
Relatives Zameerud-din Shah (Brother)
Dina Pathak (Mother-in-law)
Supriya Pathak (Sister-in-law)
Mohommed Ali Shah (Nephew)
Awards Padma Bhushan, Padma Shri, National Film Award
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Naseeruddin Shah Signature

Naseeruddin Shah (born 20 July 1949 or 16 August 1950 [a]) 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. [2] Shah has also appeared in the Pakistani Film Industry, Lollywood, through the films Khuda Kay Liye and Zinda Bhaag.

Early life

Shah was born into a Muslim family in Barabanki, Uttar Pradesh, India, as one of the three sons of Aley Mohammed Shah and his wife Farrukh Sultan. 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 and helped the British in the subsequent Indian Rebellion of 1857. [3]

Shah did his schooling at St. Anselm's Ajmer and St Joseph's College, Nainital. He graduated in arts from Aligarh Muslim University in 1971 and attended National School of Drama in Delhi. He has been successful in mainstream Bollywood cinema as well as in Parallel Cinema. He has appeared in international films, notably playing Captain Nemo in the Hollywood adaptation The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen.

His elder brother, Lt. General Zameerud-din Shah (Retd.) PVSM, SM, VSM, is current Vice-Chancellor of Aligarh Muslim University, whose son Mohommed Ali Shah is an actor. Shah's nephew Salim Shah is also a TV and film actor. [4]

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