Naseeruddin Shah Biography, Facts & Life Story

Naseeruddin Shah Indian Actor, Director

Quick Facts


Full Name:Naseeruddin Shah

Profession:Actor, Director


Age:72 years old (in 2021)

Date of Birth:20 July 1949

Birthplace:Barabanki, Uttar Pradesh, India

Zodiac Sign: Leo

Height, Weight & Physical Stats

Height:5 feet 7 inches (1.70 m)

Weight:71 kg (157 lbs)

Chest:39 inches

Waist:32 inches

Biceps:11 inches

Hair Color:White

Eye Color:Dark Brown

Naseeruddin Shah is a legendary film actor of Bollywood who is massively recognized for his roles in both art movies as well as mainstream movies. He was born in Delhi, India on 20th July 1950. Naseeruddin Shah completed his graduated from Aligarh University with a major in arts. In 1973, he passed from National School of Drama and on the same day he enrolled for the Television and Film Institute of India.

Naseeruddin Shah married to Ratna Pathak, The couple has a daughter named Heeba Manara Shah. Both his daughter and wife have also graduated from National School of Drama.

In the year1975, Shyam Benegal offered him a role in the movie Nishant. He soon recognized himself as a splendid actor. He even received National Film Best Actor Award for his stunning role of a blind gentleman in the film Sparsh and also for the movie Paar. All through this period numerous film directors were directing art films. This was a golden movement for Naseeruddin Shah and he appeared in a number of films like Bhumika, Ardh Satya, Mirch Masala and Bhavni Bhavai. Shah’s versatility as an film actor can be confirmed by the multiplicity of roles he has played in movies like Valley of Flowers Parzania, Mixed Doubles, Guru Mahaaguru, 3 Deewarein, China Gate, Gaja Gamini, Droh Kaal, Vishwatma, Agnichakra and many more.

Naseeruddin Shah also appeared in a number of mainstream films, with Karma in the year 1986 as one of its conquerors. This was trailed by movies like Ijaazat, Jalwa, and Hero Hiralal in which he played the leading roles. He has also performed in supporting roles for the movies Kabhi Haan Kabhi Naa and Tridev. He played a negative role for the megahit movies Mohra, Krissh and Sarfarosh.

Naseeruddin Shah has also appeared in numerous global projects such as The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen and Monsoon Wedding. He acted in an Indian version of Shakespeare’s Macbeth, named Maqbool and another version of Shakespeare’s Othello, named Omkara. He won three Filmfare Awards for his role in the movie Aakrosh, Masoom and Chakra. In the year 2003, Naseeruddin Shah was bestowed with India’s 3rd highest civilian award titled Padma Bhushan.

Facts You Never Knew About Naseeruddin Shah!

    • Naseeruddin Shah began acting in theater plays when he was only 14 years old. Merchant of Venice and Shakespeare was his first theatrical plays.
    • Not numerous individuals are familiar with the fact that Naseeruddin Shah is a successor of 19th-century warlord titled Jan-Fishan Khan. The latter supported the British all through Indian Agitation of 1857.
    • After becoming a well-known superstar, Naseeruddin did not give up his affection for theater plays. Consequently, together with some of his friends he established a theater group titled “Motley Productions” in the year 1977.
    • Fascinatingly, Naseeruddin Shah was the very first choice to play the character of Mahatma Gandhi in the movie “Gandhi”. Though, Ben Kingsley dominated him at auditions and finally grabbed this role.
    • Misfortune has continuously followed Naseeruddin as to date above 20 films featuring him have been put on hold.

Naseeruddin Shah Education

Qualification: Graduate in Arts

School: St. Anselm's Ajmer, Rajasthan
St Joseph's College, Nainital

College: Aligarh Muslim University, Uttar Pradesh
National School of Drama, Delhi

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Naseeruddin Shah Career

Profession: Actor, Director

Debut TV Series/Movie:

  • Film: Nishant (1975)
  • Directorial: Yun Hota to Kya Hota (2006)

Salary: Not Available

Net Worth: $50 million

Family & Relatives

Father: Aley Mohammed Shah

Mother: Farrukh Sultan

Brother(s): Retd. Lt. General Zameerud-din Shah and 2 more

Sister(s): N/A

Marital Status: Married

Wife/Girlfriend: Ratna Pathak (m. 1982)

Son(s): Imaad Shah, Vivaan Shah (Both Actors)

Daughter(s): Heeba Shah, Actress (Daughter from first wife)

Ex Girlfriends:

Not Known

Naseeruddin Shah Favorites

Hobbies: Playing Tennis, Reading

Favorite Actor: Mohanlal, Nedumudi Venu, Shammi Kapoor, Dara Singh, Boman Irani

Favorite Actress: Tennis

Favorite Food: Dubai

Favorite Color: Black

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