Veteran actor Naseeruddin Shah may have turned sixty but he is yet going strong.
"Thirty five years ago I wanted to do films with great roles and also desperately wanted to be recognized on the bollywood map. However, I have been lucky enough making a name for myself on the bollywood. Ironically, at this juncture of my life I have changed priorities I am not looking for mainstream cinema or any great character all I crave for a good happening and an intriguing tale with a different character. Lucky to have been bestowed upon characters not portrayed on the silver screen as yet by the younger generation makes me feel privileged though."
Well surprisingly enough Naseer was deprived of being offered any romantic role on reel. "Yes! It's not that I have been deprived of performing a romantic role but I feel it is the other way round...Nonetheless in real I am very romantic at heart. But I fail to understand how come the directors could not see me performing romantically inclined character. In ISHQIYA opposite Vidya Balan I did perform romantic sequences in a challenging manner. This is the only romantic character offered to me in my life time," He smiles.
Discussing about his character in film MICHAEL he quips, "This police officer's role is unlike any other police officer's character seen on the silver screen. This character is chucked out of the police job. Unknowingly he commits crime just to offer everything to his son especially what all he has to do in order to celebrate his son's birthday day is a remarkable sequence. I as a Police Officer have my own reservations...rest you may watch the movie and know more about it. No this police officer cannot be compared to Arthsatya's P.O." THE BLUEBERRY HUNT in which he plays a Marijuana Planter, The actress of this film Aahana Kumra belongs to Naseer's prodigy; she has learnt her acting lessons under the guidance of Naseer in the Whistling Woods institute.
Sources reveal that Aahana considers Naseer as her guru, and he shares a very guruly kind of a relationship.
As a guru what has Naseer taught Aahana, "I always ask my students to get into the thick of the character. For the matter of fact I follow a Russian form of acting and teach this Russian form of acting to all my students. If they perform well they will definitely bring out the artist in them."
Aahana commented," I could ask for nothing more. Working with Naseer is like my dream come true." In return Naseer says, "Oh...did she say so... She is being humble...I must confess that she is a hard working girl and she will definitely do well provided she keeps up with her acting caliber and has room for improvement," quips Naseer.
On his role he adds," I play the character of a recluse colonel, living in a forest. But he is secured with high technical surveillance equipment, and also cultivates marijuana. He takes care of a woman and then the hunt begins..."
About his look he smiles and says, "Even in MICHAEL I look different because I did not have time to shave so I continued with my bearded. Well! HUNT is totally a different film with an environmental background the look has to be that way. I am happy that people like me in that shabby yet appealing look," he says with a twinkle in his eyes.
Can HUNT be compared to Pankaj Parashar's film JALWA that Naseer had done way back in the eighties?" The cop in JALWA brings the narcotics ring to books, shoots the head police officer but here the colonel grows marijuana. And he talks to his favorite dog......," says Naseer.
He goes on to add, "Yes! I am very fond of Tippu, my dog. I have no one around and in this deserted place I find him to be my best friend. I not only speak to him by gesturing my conversation but I literally talk to him. He understands me very well and also is very obedient. On this earth in real too we find no one as obedient and honest to us like them. I also talk to the plants which I grow. This makes one feel that these living beings can also be your companion provided you know how to handle them." He excitedly gives away his favorite dialogue which he tells Tippu, "'Tum mere saath Mumbai chalna tab tumhe zindagi ka matlab malum padeka [When you come with me to Mumbai you will understand the meaning of life and he nods as if he understands ...Is it not interesting??" he concludes.