Naseeruddin Shah Age Girlfriend Wife Family Biography

Naseeruddin Shah (born 20 July 1950) is an Indian actor. He is notable in Indian parallel cinema. He has also starred in international productions. He has won numerous awards in his career, including three National Film Awards, three Filmfare Awards and the Volpi Cup for Best Actor at the Venice Film Festival. The Government of India honoured him with the Padma Shri and the Padma Bhushan awards for his contributions to Indian cinema. He is widely regarded as one of the finest actors in the World Cinema.

In 1982, he married his second wife, actress Ratna Pathak, daughter of actress Dina Pathak, with whom he has two sons. His sister-in-law is actress Supriya Pathak, who is married to actor Pankaj Kapur.

Early life

Naseeruddin Shah was born on 20 July 1950 in Barabanki town, Uttar Pradesh, into a Nawab family.

Shah attended St. Anselm’s Ajmer school and St Joseph’s College, Nainital. He graduated in arts from Aligarh Muslim University in 1971 and attended National School of Drama in Delhi.

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His elder brother, Lt. General Zameerud-din Shah6 PVSM, SM, VSM, had a distinguished career in the military, having served as Deputy Chief of the Army Staff of the Indian Army, and later was appointed a member of the Armed Forces Tribunal and also Vice-Chancellor of Aligarh Muslim University.

Personal life

During the 70s and 80s they co-starred in several films, including Mirch Masala and The Perfect Murder. They were in a live-in relationship for many years, while Shah put together the mehr required to divorce Manara. Shah and Pathak were finally married in 1982. Manara died the same year due to unknown reasons. By his second marriage, Shah has two sons, Imaad and Vivaan, both of whom are actors. The couple lives in Mumbai with Heeba, Imaad and Vivaan.

Shah was married to Manara Sikri and had a daughter, Heeba, with her. In the 1970s, Shah met and fell in love with Ratna Pathak, the daughter of Dina Pathak, a well-respected character actress.

Naseeruddin Shah Age Girlfriend Wife Family Biography

Profession(s)Actor, Director
Physical Stats & More
Height (approx.)in centimeters- 170 cm

in meters- 1.70 m

in Feet Inches- 5’ 7”
Weight (approx.)in Kilograms- 71 kg

in Pounds- 157 lbs
Body Measurements (approx.)– Chest: 39 Inches

– Waist: 32 Inches

– Biceps: 11 Inches
Eye ColourDark Brown
Hair ColourWhite
Personal Life
Date of Birth20 July 1949
Age (as of 2023)74 Years
BirthplaceBarabanki, Uttar Pradesh, India
Zodiac signLeo
SignatureNaseeruddin Shah signature
HometownBarabanki, Uttar Pradesh, India
SchoolSt. Anselm’s Ajmer, Rajasthan

St Joseph’s College, Nainital
CollegeAligarh Muslim University, Uttar Pradesh

National School of Drama, Delhi
Educational QualificationsGraduate in Arts
DebutFilm: Nishant (1975)

Directorial: Yun Hota to Kya Hota (2006)
FamilyFather– Aley Mohammed Shah

Mother– Farrukh Sultan
Brothers– Retd. Lt. General Zameerud-din Shah and 2 more

Sister– N/A
Address04, Sand Pebbles, Perry Cross Road, Bandra (West), Mumbai
HobbiesPlaying Tennis, Reading
Controversies• In an interview in 2016, Naseeruddin Shah referred to late superstar Rajesh Khanna as a “mediocre actor”. He further added that a ‘poor actor’ like Rajesh Khanna was responsible for the mediocrity in films in the 70’s. However, the comments did not go well with Khanna’s fans and family and Shah was heavily criticized for defaming a deceased superstar.

• In May 2016, Anupam Kher raked up a storm on Twitter when he shared a collage of Kashmiri Pandits killed during the 1990 exodus. The tweet came in regard to the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen’s ‘poster boy’ Burhan Wani in an encounter. Shah, however, did not like Kher’s tweet and took a dig at his former co-star. He said, “A person who has never lived in Kashmir has started a fight for Kashmiri Pandits. Suddenly, he has become a displaced person.” Infuriated by Shah’s take, Kher then tweeted, “Shah Saab ki Jai Ho. By that logic, NRIs should not think about India at all.:)”

• Shah went to Pakistan in early 2015 to promote his memoir, And Then One Day, at the Lahore Literary Festival. While addressing media and fans at the venue, Shah started talking about the animosity between the two countries. “Indians are being brainwashed into believing that Pakistan is an enemy country without being aware of the historical background. Politicians will change colors whenever it suits them. But artists from both countries must look beyond the political animosity”, Shah said. This statement, however, hurt Indian sentiments. Pressure group Shiv Sena even issued a statement saying that only the near and dear ones of the 26/11 victims would understand that why there is so much hatred against Pakistan.
DirectorsNeeraj Pandey, Rajkumar Hirani, Neeraj Ghaywan
ActorsMohanlal, Nedumudi Venu, Shammi Kapoor, Dara Singh, Boman Irani
FilmBollywood: Masaan (2015), Dil Chahta Hai (2001)
Travel DestinationDubai
Girls, Affairs and More
Marital StatusWidower
Affairs/Girlfriends Not Known
Wife/SpouseLate Parveen Murada aka Manara Sikri, Actress
Ratna Pathak, Actress
Marriage Date1 April 1982 (Ratna Pathak)
ChildrenSon– Imaad Shah, Vivaan Shah (Both Actors)

Daughter– Heeba Shah, Actress (Daughter from first wife)


Shah has acted in movies such as Nishant, Aakrosh, Sparsh, Mirch Masala, Albert Pinto Ko Gussa Kyon Ata Hai, Trikal, Bhavni Bhavai, Junoon, Mandi, Mohan Joshi Hazir Ho!, Ardh Satya, Katha, and Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro. He made his debut with a small role in film Aman (1967) starring Rajendra Kumar and Saira Banu.

Shah became active in mainstream Bollywood cinema with the 1980 film Hum Paanch. In 1982, he acted in the film Dil Aakhir Dil Hai directed by Ismail Shroff, opposite Rakhee. One of his most important films, Masoom, was released in 1983 and was shot at St Joseph’s College, Nainital. His next major success in mainstream films was the 1986 multi-star film Karma where he acted alongside veteran Dilip Kumar. Starring roles for films such as Ijaazat (1987), Jalwa (1988) and Hero Hiralal (1989) followed. In 1988, he played opposite his wife Ratna Pathak as Inspector Ghote, the fictional detective of H. R. F. Keating’s novels in the Merchant Ivory English language film The Perfect Murder. He acted with Aditya Pancholi in films like Maalamaal (1988) and Game (1993).

He has acted in several multi-star Bollywood films as well, such as Ghulami (1985), Tridev (1989) and Vishwatma (1992). In 1994, he acted as the villain in Mohra, his 100th film as an actor. He forayed into Malayalam cinema the same year, through T. V. Chandran’s drama Ponthan Mada. The film portrayed the irrational bonding of a feudal serf (played by Mammootty) and a colonial landlord (played by Shah). He strongly believed that the distinction between art and commercial films had largely reduced, especially with the directors of the former also making commercial films. In 2000, Shah played Mahatma Gandhi in Kamal Haasan’s Hey Ram which focused on the assassination of Gandhi from the assailant’s point of view.

Shah played Mohit, the drunken coach to a deaf and mute boy in Iqbal. Shah was noted for his roles in the 1999 Aamir Khan-starrer Sarfarosh, where he played Gulfam Hassan – a ghazal singer-cum-terrorist mastermind — and in Neeraj Pandey’s A Wednesday (2008).

Shah has also starred in international projects, such as Monsoon Wedding in 2001 and a Hollywood adaptation of The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen in 2003 (co-starring Sean Connery), where he played Captain Nemo. His portrayal of Nemo was very close to the design of the graphic novel, although his Nemo was far less manic. He worked in Vishal Bhardwaj’s Indian adaptation of Shakespeare’s Macbeth, titled Maqbool, in 2003, and Rajiv Rai’s Asambhav opposite Arjun Rampal and Priyanka Chopra in 2004. He then went on to work in The Great New Wonderful (2005). Shah played a pivotal role in Today’s Special, Aasif Mandvi’s 2009 independent comedy film. In 2011, Shah was seen in The Dirty Picture. He acted in Anup Kurian’s The Blueberry Hunt, playing a recluse growing marijuana in his forest retreat, and in Waiting, starring opposite Kalki Koechlin, both of which were released in 2016.

Naseeruddin Shah in city to perform in Ismat Apa Ke naam. April, 07, 2011. ( to go with story by Santana Pathak ) Photo : Bhadresh Gajjar

Shah made his Pakistani film debut in Khuda Ke Liye by Shoaib Mansoor, where he played a short cameo. His second Pakistani film Zinda Bhaag was selected as the country’s official entry to the 86th Academy Awards for the Best Foreign Language Film award.

As a director
Shah has performed with his theatre troupe at places such as New Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore and Lahore. He has directed plays written by Lavender Kumar, Ismat Chughtai and Saadat Hasan Manto.

His directorial debut in movies, Yun Hota To Kya Hota, was released in 2006. It stars several established actors such as Konkona Sen Sharma, Paresh Rawal, Irrfan Khan, then-newcomer Ayesha Takia, his son Imaad Shah and his old friend Ravi Baswani.

Other media and art forms

In 1977, Shah, Tom Alter and Benjamin Gilani formed a theatre group called Motley Productions. Their first play was Samuel Beckett’s Waiting for Godot, which was staged at the Prithvi Theatre on 29 July 1979.

In 1988, he acted in the eponymous television series based on the life and times of Mirza Ghalib, directed by Gulzar and telecast on DD National.

In 1989, he acted as the Maratha King Shivaji in another eponymous television series Bharat Ek Khoj based on Jawaharlal Nehru’s book The Discovery of India.

In mid 1990s, Shah also hosted some episodes of science magazine programme Turning Point.

In 1999, he acted as a special agent in the TV series Tarkash on Zee TV. He played a retired agent haunted by nightmares who is re-inducted as he apparently knows something about a dreaded terrorist somehow connected with his past. He played the villain with the dual identity of a ghazal singer and a Pakistani spy who supports terrorism in India in Sarfarosh (1999). He was the first of several celebrity actors, who played narrator in the popular audiobook series for kids Karadi Tales. He along with wife Ratna was the narrator in the film Paheli — the Indian entry to the 2006 Academy Awards.

In 2017, Shah returned to film, starring in Shakespearean adaption The Hungry, screened under special presentations at the Toronto International Film Festival 2017. He also acted as lead in The Coffin Maker directed by Veena Bakshi, which however never got released in public but only remained for private viewership.


1977BhumikaSunil VermaHindi
Tabbaliyu Neenade MaganeShastriKannada
1978JunoonSarfaraz KhanHindi
Hungama Bombay IshtyleRajuHindi
1979SparshAniruddh ParmarHindi
1980Beqasoor (1980 film)Sunil VermaHindi
AakroshBhaskar KulkarniHindi
Albert Pinto Ko Gussa Kyoon Aata HaiAlbert PintoHindi
Bhavni BhavaiKing ChakrasenGujarati
Hum PaanchSurajHindi
KhwabGopal ‘Gopi’ MathurHindi
Sazaye MautUday Jagirdar / Omkar PuriHindi
Umrao JaanGohar MirzaHindi
Dil…Akhir Dil HaiHindi
Naseeb Ni BalihariGujarati
1983Jaane Bhi Do YaaroVinod ChopraHindi
KathaRajaram Purshottam JoshiHindi
MasoomD.K. MalhotraHindi
ProtidanPrabhat RoyBengali
Woh Saat DinDr. AnandHindi
Ardh SatyaMike LoboHindi
Mohan Joshi Hazir Ho!Advocate MalkaniHindi
HoliProfessor SinghHindi
1985GhulamiSP Sultan SinghHindi
TrikaalRuiz PereiraHindi
Mirch MasalaSubedarHindi
Apna JahanAnil SahaniHindi
KhamoshCaptain BakshiHindi
1986KarmaKhairuddin ChishtiHindi
1987JalwaInspector KapilHindi
Yeh Woh Manzil To NahinTrivediHindi
1988Hero HiralalHero HiralalHindi
The Perfect MurderInspector GhoteEnglish
1989TridevJay SinghHindi
Mane (The House)RajshekarKannada
1990Police PublicSr. Inspector Mahar Singh GadhwalHindi
Chor Pe MorHindi
1991Ek GharRajashekhara K. SHindi
Sau CroreSomnathHindi
LakshmanrekhaAmar KapoorHindi
1992VishwatmaSuryapratap SinghHindi
ChamatkarAmar Kumar (Marco)Hindi
TahalkaCaptain RanvirHindi
1993Kabhi Haan Kabhi NaaFather BreganzaHindi
SirProfessor Amar VermaHindi
1994Ponthan MadaSheema ThampuranMalayalam
MohraMr. Kushal JindalHindi
DrohkaalDCP Abbas LodhiHindi
1995NaajayazRaj SolankiHindi
TakkarInspector De CostaHindi
ChaahatAjay NarangHindi
1997Bombay BoysMastanaHindi
1998ChinagateMajor Sarfaraz KhanHindi
Such A Long JourneyJimmy BilimoriaEnglish
1999SarfaroshGulfaam HasanHindi
Bhopal ExpressBashirHindi
Kabhi Pass Kabhi FailPunjabi Restaurant OwnerHindi
2000Hey RamMahatma GandhiTamil
2001KasamMangal SinghHindi
Monsoon WeddingLalit VermaHindi
2002Encounter: The KillingInspector BharuchaHindi
2003The League of Extraordinary GentlemenCaptain NemoEnglish
MaqboolInspector PurohitHindi
2004AsambhavSameer “Sam” HansHindi
3 DeewareinIshaanHindi
Main Hoon NaBrig. Shekhar SharmaHindi
2005PaheliMale Puppet (Voice)Hindi
The Great New WonderfulAviEnglish
2006Being CyrusDinshaw SethnaHindi
KrrishDr. Siddhant AryaHindi
ShoonyaOld manHindi
Yun Hota Toh Kya HotaNarratorHindi
Valley of FlowersYetiFrench
AmalG.K. JayaramHindi
Khuda Ke LiyeMaulana WaliUrdu
Dus Kahaniyaan(Anthology film) story Rice PlateHindi
Shoot on SightTariq AliHindi
Jaane Tu… Ya Jaane NaAmar Singh RathoreHindi
A Wednesday!A Common ManHindi
MaharathiJaisingh AdenwallaHindi
Mere Baap Pehle AapNirmal KapoorHindi
Bombay to BangkokKhanHindi
2009Barah AanaShuklaHindi
FiraaqKhan SahabHindi
Today’s SpecialAkbarEnglish
Bolo RaamN.S. NegiHindi
2010Peepli LiveSalim KidwaiHindi
RaajneetiBhaskar SanyalHindi
Allah Ke BandayWardenHindi
20117 Khoon MaafDr. Modhusudhon TarafdarHindi
That Girl in Yellow BootsDiwakarHindi
The Blueberry HuntColonelHindi
Zindagi Na Milegi DobaraSalman HabibHindi
The Dirty PictureSuryakanthHindi
Chaalis ChauraasiPankaj Purushottam Suri (Sir)Hindi
ChargesheetThe BossHindi
2012MaximumArun InamdarHindi
2013Sona SpaBaba DayanandHindi
Khasi Katha– A Goat SagaButcherBengali
Zinda BhaagPehlwanPunjabi
John DayJohn DayHindi
The Coffin MakerAnton GomesIndo-American
Krrish 3Dr. Siddhant Arya (Cameo)Hindi
Sunglass / Taak JhaankBengali/Hindi
2014Dedh IshqiyaIftekhar (Khalu Jaan)Hindi
Finding FannyFerdinand “Ferdie” PintoEnglish
Khasi KathaButcherBengali
Dil Bhi Khaali Jeb Bhi KhaaliHindi
2015Dirty Politics (film)Manoj SinghHindi
Dharam Sankat MeinNeel Anand BabaHindi
Welcome BackWanted BhaiHindi
Charlie Kay Chakkar MeinHindi
WaitingProf. Shiv KumarHindi
Teraa SurroorRobin “Bird” Dharamraj SantinoHindi
The Blueberry HuntHindi
Mango DreamsAbhayEnglish
Jeewan HathiUrdu
2017Ok JaanuGopi ShrivastavaHindi
IradaParabjeet WaliaHindi
Begum JaanRaja SahibHindi
The HungryTathagat AhujaHindi
DhhMagician Surya SamratGujarati
2018AiyaaryBaburao ShastriHindi
Hope Aur HumNagesh SrivastavaHindi
2019The Tashkent FilesPKR NatrajanHindi
Ramprasad Ki TehrviBabujiHindi
2020Mee RaqsamHashim SethHindi
2022GehraiyaanVinod KhannaHindi
2023KutteyNarayan KhobreHindi

As director

Short films

2016Interior Cafe NightThe ManAdhiraj Bose
2017PinjraNarratorPrammod Sanghi
2018Skin Of MarbleFatherPankuj Parashar
2018Rogan JoshVijay KapoorSanjeev Vig
2022The Miniaturist Of JunagadhHussain SahabKaushal Oza


1988Bharat Ek KhojShivaji
Mirza GhalibGhalib
Param Vir ChakraAbdul Hamid (soldier)
1992Electric MoonRambuhj GoswamiTelevision film
1998Turning PointHost
2015Mid Wicket TalesHost
2020Bandish BanditsRadhe Mohan RathodAmazon Prime Video
2022Kaun Banegi ShikharwatiRaja Mrityunjay Singh ShikharwatZEE5
Modern Love: MumbaiPappi SinghAmazon Prime Video
2023Taj: Divided by BloodAkbarZee5 series
Saas, Bahu Aur FlamingoSaheb-jiDisney+Hotstar series
Charlie ChopraDr. RaiSonyLIV series

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