Naseeruddin Shah is one of the finest and most versatile actors we have today in our Indian FilmIndustry. If someone asks for the name of the most unconventional actors of today’s age, he would undoubtedly top the list along with his wife Ratna Pathak. With his onscreen personalities as varied as a menace-displaying shayar in Sarfarosh, a lewd superstar in The Dirty Picture, and a nameless representative of the common people in A Wednesday, Naseeruddin Shah has displayed immense talent and maturity in his roles in the last two decades. He is nothing if not versatile.
Winner of three National Film Awards, three Filmfares, a Padma Shri, and a Padma Bhushan and nominated for far more, Shah is an alumnus of the National School of Drama. He has also been involved in plenty of theatre work, having performed many plays with Ratna Pathak Shah, his better half, and has even done several short films. And as a means of celebrating the birthday of this great artiste, we at BookMyShow have compiled five of his hindi films from recent years which remain in our minds.
Sarfarosh- Naseeruddin Shah seems to have a way with Urdu poetry and it’s pretty impressive. The way he recites it is music to the ears and it tickles the brain and how. In Sarfarosh, this acclaimed actor played a poet and a terrorist in hiding. He was very compelling in mixing charm and malice together and no matter if Aamir Khan might have been the lead in Sarfarosh, it was Naseeruddin who people remember even after all these years.
Maqbool- In Vishal Bhardwaj’s film Maqbool which was based on Shakespeare’s tragedy, Macbeth, Naseeruddin Shah played one of the corrupt cops. He played that role effortlessly along with his old friend Om Puri and absolutely nailed it. Shah is not particluarly known as a comedy actor, but like almost everything else, he does it pretty well and managed to give people the laughter they deserved. Om Puri and Shah were the only comic relief in this very dark film.
Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara- This movie was about three friends, or rather musketeers, who go on a bachelor trip and realise their lives have meanings far beyond their normal relationships with people. In this Zoya Akhtar movie, Naseeruddin plays the role of Farhan’s father and talks some sense into his son which has inspired all of us to look at our lives away from the professional work we do. He definitely managed to steal the show and that scene stood out as one of the best scenes from the movie.
A Wednesday- In this film, Naseeruddin Shah voiced the concern of the common people, who were terrified of constant terrorist attacks in the country. Shah epitomised in this gritty performance what a common man can do if he loses his patience. It was Shah alone who carried this film on his shoulders and sent artistes like Anupam Kher to sidelines.
The Dirty Picture- Yes this movie had Vidya Balan written over it all over it, but this actor played a superb character of south superstar Surya who manages to manipulate Reshma (Vidya) and his brother Ramakant (Tusshar Kapoor). Even though he was pulling off a shrewd and impolite superstar role, doing justice to that role and dancing with Vidya in Ooh La La was what people remembered. The director Milan Luthria used this artist to his full potential and the end product was crisp and great.
Source: DNA India