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Naseeruddin Shah

Naseeruddin Shah is an Indian film and stage actor and director, widely acclaimed for his work in Indian parallel cinema. Over the course of his illustrious career, spanning five decades, he has been the recipient of numerous awards, including three National Film Awards, three Filmfare Awards, and the Volpi Cup for Best Actor at the Venice Film Festival, 1984. The Government of India has also honoured him with the Padma Shri and the Padma Bhushan – in 1987 and 2003 respectively – for his contributions to Indian cinema. He is also the founder of the theatre group, Motley Productions, which has had a considerable influence on Indian Contemporary Theatre for over 40 years.