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Stardust (English) - - BLAST FROM THE PAST - Words: Su­mita Chakraborty

Ac­tor Naseerud­din Shah is one of the most il­lus­tri­ous per­sonas in the Hindi Film In­dus­try. His ar­du­ous jour­ney dur­ing his early years honed this uber ta­lented ac­tor’s skills and he turned out to be the find of the in­dus­try af­ter act­ing in sev­eral award win­ning ‘art’ films. But se­ri­ous films didn’t make him lose his zest for life and love. Per­haps, it was his wife Ratna Pathak Shah (who came into his life two years post this in­ter­view), that helped an­chor this pow­er­house per­former. And from there on there was cer­tainly no look­ing back for this th­es­pian. Af­ter earn­ing many ac­co­lades and awards like the Padma Shri and Padma Bhushan and sev­eral Na­tional and other film awards, this stel­lar per­former who acted in films like Sparsh, Jaane Bhi Do Yaaron, Junoon, Mandi, Ma­soom, Al­bert Pinto ko Gussa Kyu Aata Hai, Arth, A Wed­nes­day, The Dirty Pic­ture, Ishqiya and more, ce­mented his po­si­tion as one of the most un­par­al­leled ac­tors of our coun­try. On the per­sonal front, his daugh­ter from his first wife Heeba now stays with him. His two sons from Ratna Pathak Shah, Imaad and Vi­vaan too have jumped onto the band­wagon and are prov­ing their met­tle as ac­tors in Bol­ly­wood. In­deed, like fine wine, Naseerud­din Shah too has mel­lowed with age but his act­ing prow­ess still re­mains as sharp and on point as ever.

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