Naseeruddin Shah: The King of Spades

Today, July 20, happens to be Naseeruddin Shah’s birthday. Arguably the first ‘thinking man’s actor’ in the country, Naseer turns 60 today. Along with Amol Palekar, Farooq Sheikh and Om Puri, he was the face of the ‘New Wave’ in Indian cinema of the 70s-80s. Memorable roles include right from his debut in Nishant (1975), to his dazzling performance as the blind teacher in Sparsh (1979), unforgettable, endearing acts in Bazaar (1982), Mandi (1983), Katha (1983), Umrao Jaan (1981), Jaane Bhi Do Yaaron (1983), Albert Pinto Ko Gussa Kyon Aata Hai (1980), Masoom (1983), Paar (1984), Ijaazat (1986)…the list goes on and on. Thank you Mr. Shah for those gems.
…And happy birthday!


2 thoughts on “Naseeruddin Shah: The King of Spades

  1. What an actor! His performance has always been outstanding-in masoom, sparsh and all other movies too…Have always admired his work and I also feel he deserves more credit than a lot of other overrated actors in the film industry.

  2. @poornima, can’t agree more- if there’s any actor in India who can be termed as ‘method actor’, it’s Naseer.

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