Naseeruddin Shah


  1. Nana Patekar, Parinda, 1989. Hanging around for certain actors to be free – or not – meant the film took three years to shoot.

  2. Kulbhushan Kharbanda, Earth, India, 1998.    Director Deepa Mehta’a tough saga covered the rapid and perfunctory way the UK fled India in 1947. Shah was invited  to be Imam Din but his dance card  was full.  If not, he told Mehta, he would have gladly joined the cast as he loved her work.

  3. Amitabh Bachchan, Boom, India, 2003.   The venerable Bachchan  was attacked for his raunchy role and trashy film. (Which was worse, raunch or trash, was never explained). So bad, it’s good? Not really.  One headline buried it: Boom goes bust. Co-star Jackie Shroff’s wife, Ayesha, produced and lost her shirt. (Plus his car).  Shah quit over the soft-porn thriller’s “weak script.”  Which, somehow, contained Bo Derek as… Bo Derek.
  4. Sunil Shetty, Main Hoon Na, India, 2004.  Shah was wanted as a deranged  militant. However, the veteran Hindi icon of 150 films (“I don’t enjoy  seeing Hindi films”)  had any Bollywood star’s dream wish excuse – he was making a Hollywood movie. The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, 2003, with Sean Connery, no less. On completing Captain Nemo, Shah turned up for a cameo here as superstar  Shahrukh Khan’s father. 

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