Shah was born in Uttar Pradesh in the year 1950 and graduated from National School of Drama in Delhi. One of the finest actors of the industry, Naseeruddin Shah, received the Padma Shri and Padma Bhushan awards from the Government of India, for his outstanding contribution to Indian cinema.
Shah starred in films like MIRCH MASALA, JAANE BHI DO YAARO, MASOOM, IJAAZAT, A WEDNESDAY, THE DIRTY PICTURE, 7 KHOON MAAF and others. His international projects include MONSOON WEDDING (2001) and THE LEAGUE OF EXTRAORDINARY GENTLEMEN (2003), where he shared his screen space with Hollywood actor Sean Connery.
Best known for art cinema, the actor has been successful in commercial films also. He is one of the few actors of the industry, who performs with equal elan in both art cinema and commercial cinema.
The actor has won three National Awards for films like SPARSH, PAAR and IQBAL.