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Nasseruddin Shah’s critically acclaimed movies of all time!

Naseeruddin Shah’s John Day is releasing this friday, so we thought of presenting to you Nasseruddin Shah’s critically acclaimed movies. This actor made his mark in theater too. He’s the one actor who’s acting skills are brilliant from the word go!


Sparsh is a 1980 Bollywood feature film directed by Sai Paranjpye. Naseeruddin Shah and Shabana Azmi play the characters of a visually impaired principal and a sighted teacher in a school for the blind, where they fall in love. Soon their complexes tag along and they struggle to get past them to reconnect with the “touch” of love. This movie remains as most memorable for the subtle acting of its leads. He had also won the National film award for the best actor!


Paar is a 1984 Hindi movie directed by Goutam Ghose. The film stars Shabana Azmi, Naseeruddin Shah and Om Puri. Naseeruddin Shah won a Volpi Cup for his role as Naurangia. The film was based on a Bengali story ‘Paathi’ written by Samaresh Basu. This film highlights his acting skills and his ability to carry off lead roles! Naseeruddin Shah bagged a National award again for the best actor courtesy his brilliant acting.


Iqbal is a 2005 Hindi Bollywood film written by Vipul K Rawal and directed by Nagesh Kukunoor and was released under Subhash Ghai’s new banner, “Mukta Searchlight Films”. It’s a very interesting story of a cricket-obsessed boy from a remote Indian village as he aims to overcome his difficulties and become a cricketer and fulfill his dream of playing for the Indian national cricket team. Iqbal was well received by critics and audiences alike, and became the highest grossing low-budget film of the year. Naseeruddin Shah won the National award for this movie too but this time for the ‘supporting role’.


Aakrosh is a 1980 Hindi art house film directed by auteur Govind Nihalani and written by renowned Marathi playwright Vijay Tendulkar. The film starred Naseeruddin Shah, Om Puri and Amrish Puri in lead roles and went to win 1980 National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Hindi and several Filmfare Awards. This was the debut film of Nihalani, who went on to be known for his dark and frighteningly real depictions of human angst in other landmark alternative movies such as Ardh Satya and Tamas. Naseeruddin Shah wasn;t far behind, he too grabbed a Filmfare award for his brilliant acting. It is also in the list of 60 films that shaped the Indian film industry spanning six decades.


Masoom is a 1983 Indian film and first directorial venture of critically acclaimed director Shekhar Kapur. The film is a story starring Naseeruddin Shah and Shabana Azmi in lead roles along with Tanuja, Supriya Pathak and Saeed Jaffrey. It features Jugal Hansraj, Aradhana and Urmila Matondkar as child actors. The plot was broadly based on ‘Man, Woman and Child’ written by Erich Segal. Naseeruddin Shah plays the role of a married guy(DK). The tranquility of their life is shattered when DK receives word that he has a son from a short-term affair with Bhavana (played by Supriya Pathak) during his visit to Nainital when his wife Indu was about to give birth to their first child Pinky.

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