Updated 15 Dec, 2015

Naseeruddin Shah likes to say it like it is.

So, at the recent Osianama festival in Mumbai, he talked about his 'unconventional career' and admitted that he never saw himself as a 'hero'.

“I never dreamt of being a commercial hero. I never dreamt of romancing girls younger than my daughter,” he said, according to Indian Express. His remark is a clear reference to Bollywood's tendency to pair young actresses with old A-listers. For instance, Sonam Kapoor played Salman Khan's interest in Prem Ratan Dhan Payo, and Shah Rukh Khan is due to romance Alia Bhatt in Karan Johar's next.

The plainspeaking actor also remarked that it was hard to be friends with other actors: “Actors are insecure people including me. It is not possible to be friends with other actors. I can’t really claim that I am friendly with other actors. The friends who I have are not from the profession of acting.”

He went on to dispense solid career advice for aspiring actors and other artists. He said he never felt any fear of failure as an actor while starting out. “You could call it self confidence or madness but I was perfectly convinced this is what I wanted to do and so there was no point thinking about what will happen if I don’t succeed.”


Dipak Singh Dec 15, 2015 12:58pm
What about Dirty Picture?
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Agha Dec 15, 2015 01:16pm
@Dipak Singh That was the demand of the story.
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Dipak Singh Dec 15, 2015 01:21pm
@Agha right so here he shouldn't say that he will not romance with daughter age actresses :)
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Mudassir Dec 15, 2015 01:33pm
Very funny. Do you think you were as handsome as them at 50 to be casted with young girls? haha!
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Umer Dec 15, 2015 02:25pm
@Dipak Singh Vidya is may be of twice of his daughter's age.. !! Google it.
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Usman Ahmed Dec 15, 2015 02:51pm
@Mudassir He may not be as handsome as some of them....but he's definitely a more talented actor than all of them combined, and that's that matters.
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Anshul Dec 15, 2015 03:24pm
Never fear of failure v well said thats the mantra of success.
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Pune-India Dec 15, 2015 05:41pm
Naseeruddin Shah's first daughter is Heeba Shah who is doing Grand mother's role, her age is 45..while in Dirty picture and Ishq qiya he was doing romantic seens with Vidya Balan...
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Najam Saeed Dec 15, 2015 06:35pm
Naseeruddin Shah is a great actor and a legend in his own right.
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M.Saeed Dec 15, 2015 07:52pm
He appears to be acting bigger than his real self. There are better ways of saying that he has no friends in the film industry. Obviously, there might be people in the industry who considered themselves his friends.
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Shafique Khan Dec 15, 2015 08:18pm
@Dipak Singh Vidya Balan is not younger than his daughter Hiba. Pay real attention what he said.
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kuttathi Dec 16, 2015 01:45am
What about Vidya Balan in dirty picture?If your role is like that, you have to.Remember 'Cheeni Kum' in which Amithabh was older than Tabu's father.
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Historicevents Dec 16, 2015 08:34am
After all he's a senior actor.
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