'We need better scriptwriters'

You can’t really encompass the man that actor Naseeruddin Shah is in just a few words. His work is vast and he does well to get his audiences thinking every time he dons the grease paint.

Shah is known for his quick sense of humour and in-depth knowledge on almost everything under the sun. “I am an actor who relishes my job. I’ve never felt at home doing larger-than-life roles or those that are synthetic. I would like to do something that is rooted in my experience,” he tells Metrolife in free-wheeling chat.

He is known for some of his best roles and his flawless acting has won him a huge fan base among the young actors who truly look up to him and perhaps emulate his style as well. In his latest project, Finding Fanny, he plays the role of a man who goes on a search for his long-lost love after 40 odd years.

“It’s a strange movie where all the characters are very peculiar in their own way. Deepika is perhaps the only character who seems a little sane,” he laughs. He adds, “The subject is about finding enduring love.


The character I play is that of a man who goes looking for the woman he once loved and thought she had moved on. But he is amazed to find out that her feelings for him haven’t changed.”

Shah who keeps his love for theatre alive, has been acting in the play A Walk in the Woods, pegged on the country’s perilous history, following partition and the ever-strained and tenuous relationship between India and Pakistan. He plays one of the two diplomats in the play.

“It’s a pity that Indians don’t have a Pakistani friend who can just walk into their home and perhaps share a meal.

It is high time that the two countries encouraged people-to-people contact to contain the existing air of hostility between the two countries.”

Commenting on the pool of young actors, Shah signs off saying, “I see great hope and a quantum leap in the quality of acting from young actors but we need better scriptwriters.”

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