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4 Responses to “Tehelka’s candid interview with Naseeruddin Shah”
Skimmed thru bits. Seeing the interview of ths grumpy old man is more entertaining than most films
Also pleasantly surprised when he rated guide as the best alltime indian film ever
Not sure if its the best ever –but i love guide …
Some can never attain superstardom and that makes them bitter. Just like every topper cant become an inventor. Shah was lucky that he got roles where he did shine and so should be Manoj Bajpayee. Shah could not have become Bachchan or Bajpayee aamir khan or SRK. While Shah’s innings are almost over, Bajpayee is getting good movies as there are adventurous directors who can make use of talent fully. And MB is still young.
I liked this Shah interview better than many of his earlier ones. Of course he is still as visceral as ever, but he has also talked sense at points. I love what he says about acting, that there is no under or over acting, simply acting that’s appropriate to the role — or something of the sort.Must watch again .
Was also pleasantly surprised with his kind words for Aamir Khan ( around 9 minutes onwards). I remember how after Sarfarosh happened, he complained about not getting his due in the film, probably feeling that his role got chopped…and actually he was good in the film, but Aamir matched him step for step. But I also feel that Aamir mended the rough relationship with him soon; their sons were seen together; and Naseer has played a small cameo in JTYJN,
BTW, Naseer at 13.30 minutes speaks scathingly about a late great director, an art film director, obviously. Just minutes earlier he had dismissed Uski Roti (‘Double roti and all that’). Was he referring to Mani Kaul? Did he work with Mani Kaul in any film?
At 18.40 mins Naseer talks about a director taunting him from behind the camera. Wonder who…
At 20 minutes he talks about being referred to as the Amitabh Bachchan of parallel cinema — a magazine quote. But Naseer also says that ‘Amitabh Bachchan was smart enough to extract his pound of flesh’. Later at 21 minutes he thanks God that he did not become the big commercial actor that he wanted to be once.
The man is occasionally confused about his non-commercial career.
exactlyLS–agree with u–there is contradiction in each of his comments. in one sentence, he laments that he is not getting the money whilst there is so much going around. In the toher sentence, he winges that ‘everyone is after money!”
He sounds like the guy who came back from Miami Beahc without seeing a single bikini clad girl!
But inspute of all that, i like his ‘honest acid” and ‘malice”