INTERVIEW: Naseeruddin Shah – “Our film industry places the actors in a slot…”

Naseeruddin Shah: 

Making your body that capable is your responsibility that audience looks at you. The actor’s body must be capable of more than the body of the audience, then only he will see you, otherwise, why will he look at you. And if you think sincerely that what kind of acting you like the most in your life, if you make a list, then all the roles would be those you think you might not do. I at least like this acting, when I see such performance like My Left Foot or Lincon, film which recently came or The Masters, I feel that I was unable to do this film. When I watch Atul Kulkarni’s movie Natrang, then I feel that I was not able to do this. So, that, so that, what you feel like not able to do, trying to move forward is your responsibility. There is nothing like a perfect actor, there is nothing like perfect acting. There can be a perfect painting, perfect music can happen, perfect dance can happen, the perfect sculpture is also possible, there is nothing known as perfect acting. Because if you do perfect acting, after that you should die. Only one perfect actor in the world has been born and his name is Charles Chaplin. And I believe that Charles Chaplin was sent by God to show all actors that what can be done. And what you cannot do ever.


And last, the advice is if you want to become an actor then ask this question yourself that is I am told that you will not do acting whole life than will you like to live? If the answer to this question is "NO" then only you think of becoming an actor, otherwise, do not think about it.

Our film industry place the actors in a slot and I do not want to sit in that slot because I knew what kind of slot would be, the role of a big brother, boring lawyer or boring police officer and those I was not interested in doing and I always say no to these roles. And I absolutely not understand that I only want to work in art movies, I want to work in commercial movies, I want to become a hero, this the s straight point. Who does not want to become? That dream of mine also comes true. And I understand that these kinds of movies do indigestion. Zinda Jala Dunga and Mujhe Meri ibi Se Bachao, etc, etc. these are not according to my nature and thanks God, now I do not have to do these films.

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Virendra Rathore:  Public liked Tridev very much...

Naseeruddin Shah: I thank God that it was liked because it was my first movie that was successful, and before Tridev I done many commercial movies, which did not do well, nobody has an objection that time. When Tridev run all have objections suddenly that brother he got sold and this…commercial

Virendra Rathore: how can Nasir ji do it, because with you

Naseeruddin Shah: yes…

Virendra Rathore: because with you a big rumor was that how can Nasir Ji can do this

Naseeruddin Shah: No, the painful thing for them was how he succeeded.

Virendra Rathore: how he succeeded?

Naseeruddin Shah: Yes, why doing these, no, I was doing these kind of movies earlier, nobody complaints until Tridev was successful. Suddenly I was revolutionary after doing tridev.

Virendra Rathore: so, when these kinds of issues rise, how you control yourself? In which direction…

Naseeruddin Shah: I know what I have to do, I know that I do not have to live my life in the area of commercial film. To become a star of Hindi films is a dream that can be fulfilled by walking on the street. That was not my ambition. My ambition was many more times bigger than that, that I want to do something that keep remembering. Something I want to left behind in my will, not only my work but the characteristics for the young actors, show them right path, become a guide for them, it is badly needed as I did not have with me. I did what my heart told me that do this. I have left movies of Yash Chopra and Sir Ramesh Sippy, I refused as my heart was not agree to do. And, I do not say that I always made a right decision, I had made many mistakes, but a man learns from mistakes, so I do not regret a little for anything and I believe myself very lucky that the opportunities I got very little persons get.

Virendra Rathore: when you did TV at that time people cannot even think filmy actors doing TV, but you did Mirza Ghalib, and it was a huge success.

Naseeruddin Shah: Yes, Mirza Ghalib was not successful that time, that time its TRP was 0.0 or 0.5 something like that

Virendra Rathore: I do not know about TRP, I was a boy

Naseeruddin Shah: no, I know, that why I am saying

Virendra Rathore: we use to wait for that serial, at that time TVs were black and white

Naseeruddin Shah: Only selected audience use to see that, now it is almost 26 years it is been made, so everyone has seen it on video. Because it need little patience, it is movie of 6 hours, wherever I go, people bless me and treat me with love because of that. I was very lucky that Brother Gulzar selected me for that role.

Virendra Rathore: And now

Naseeruddin Shah: Is it lottery? It is not lottery. Only you have to cope what it is. Dice sometimes goes wrong, sometimes right. I had not thought about the film like Wednesday,  I did not know about Neeraj Pandey, I never heard his name, only my heart wants to do that film, I did. Just like my heart wanted to do Chalis Chaurasi movie, that also I did. Theater. Theatre I do because I feel fun in doing theatre. Whatever work I do I find enjoyment in it.


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