Every country has a few actors which define an entire generation of fine performances. These are the actors which underline the most fantastic roles of cinema and perform them so well that their characters become immortal and stay that way through the years. Naseeruddin Shah is one of those actors. An actor’s work demands of him to perform a vast variety of roles and characters. Some of these characters are very plain and simple and do not require much in-depth knowledge of the background and the surrounding atmosphere of the character; then there are some characters which are extremely difficult to portray. It becomes very important for an actor to do justice with that character.
And at last, there are a few roles which not only require large amounts of talent, but also are not conventional or traditional to the taste of the public, or in other words, not congruous with what the audience might expect. It takes guts for an actor to take up such roles; and time and again, Naseeruddin Shah has proved that he is one of the finest actors our country has by repeatedly taking up such roles and amazing us all by enacting them so well.
Here Are A Few Such Roles Which Only Naseeruddin Shah Had The Guts To Perform:
Salman Habib from Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara
Naseeruddin Shah played the role of Salman Habib, the artist, who also was the biological father of Imran, played by Farhan Akhtar in the movie. Salman had a romantic relationship with Imran’s mother which resulted in her getting pregnant. But Salman was not ready for the responsibility and deserted his pregnant girlfriend when she needed him the most. Towards the end of the movie when Imran confronts Salman and asks why he did that with him and his mother, he replies ‘Sach kya hota hai? Sabke apne apne version hote hain sach ke.’ Although a short one, the role of Salman Habib was crucial and no one could have portrayed it better than Naseeruddin Shah himself.
Khalujaan from Ishqiya
In this movie, which boasted of a power cast with Vidya Balan and Arshad Warsi, he played the role of a con, who alongwith the son of his sister (Arshad Warsi), plans to rob a man but ends up unraveling a different facet of each other’s personality. A love-stricken criminal who went to great lengths to gain the loyalty of his innocent love with Vidya Balan. But fate had other plans for him.
Suryakanth from The Dirty Picture
As Suryakanth, an arrogant but successful actor who has got a nationwide fan following, Naseeruddin Shah surprised the audience by presenting an altogether different facet of his acting repertoire. He is terribly haughty, maltreats the junior artists and takes advantage of budding female actors. Again a controversial role which only Naseeruddin Shah could have played.
The Common Man from A Wednesday
‘I am a stupid common man, wanting to clean his house.’ When he said these lines in the climax of the movie, everyone in the movie and the outside the movie I.e the audience got stunned. Naseeruddin Shah plays a common man in this thriller and steal hearts. What’s even more extra-ordinary about this character is that there is no mention of its name! ‘Usne mujhe apna naam bataya, par main wo naam nahi bataunga. Log aksar naam me mazhab dhoond lete hain.’ Initially he appears to be a terrorist mastermind but then turns out to be a common citizen.
Maulana Wali from Khuda Kay Liye
Image Link: Naseeruddin Shah, yet again, delivered a fantastic performance with the role of Maulana Wali in this Pakistani movie that was released in the year 2007. He has demonstrated immense intensity as he questions the immoral ways in which the holy principles of Islam are being used to propagate terrorism. After performing in the movie, the actor claimed that he was proud to be a part of such a great film. He applauded the Pakistan movie industry by saying that they had the guts to make such a movie pertaining to Islam, and wished that such a movie should be made in India too.