By Naseeruddin Shah
Naseeruddin Shah’s gleaming memoir of his early years, ‘from 0 to thirty-two’, spans his awesome trip from a feudal hamlet close to Meerut to Catholic faculties in Nainital and Ajmer, and at last to level and movie stardom in Mumbai. alongside the best way, he recounts his passages via Aligarh collage, the nationwide institution of Drama
and the movie and tv Institute of India, the place his good fortune eventually started to change.
And Then sooner or later tells a compelling story, written with infrequent honesty and consummate attractiveness, leavened with tongue-in-cheek humour. There are relocating images of relatives, darkly humorous bills of his schooldays, and shiny cameos of administrators and actors he has labored with, between them Ebrahim Alkazi, Shyam Benegal, Girish Karnad, Om Puri and Shabana Azmi.
The bills of his fight to earn cash via performing, his experiments with the craft, his amorous affairs, his early marriage, his successes and screw ups are narrated with extraordinary frankness and goal self-assessment. Brimming with pleasant anecdotes in addition to poignant, frequently painful revelations, this e-book is a travel de strength, destined to turn into a vintage of the style.
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To provide for either eventuality or perhaps simple absent-mindedness made Baba (Aley Mohammed Shah, my father) register my year of birth as 1950. Why July 20th was altered to August 16th, however, is a mystery and I’ve had quite a bit of fun with the wise ones who took it upon themselves to figure out my astrological chart. Consequently, I am whichever age it suits me to be on any particular day. While it doesn’t make me feel a whole lot younger, it just seems like something to do. Baba had had a peripatetic life before finally settling down to serve the British government in the Provincial Civil Service when Freedom’s dawn, Independence and Partition hit the country.
I took a long while savouring the feeling that there were people out there who were curious about what we were doing, about what I was doing. I kicked the hem of the curtain to make it billow and make them wonder even more. That’s what the inside of a mother’s womb must feel like. Warm, safe, comfortable. You have no weight, no cares. The outside world is outside. It can get to you only when you let it. Then the curtain opened. Suddenly, the womb was gone and I was staring into a black void. Never having been onstage before, I was blinded by the intensity of the lighting, but then I felt the boards under my feet, and I took a breath.
The outside world is outside. It can get to you only when you let it. Then the curtain opened. Suddenly, the womb was gone and I was staring into a black void. Never having been onstage before, I was blinded by the intensity of the lighting, but then I felt the boards under my feet, and I took a breath. In the dazzling blackness, dim shapes of heads gradually began to identify themselves. They looked expectant, receptive, not hostile and judgemental, as in life. And every one of them seemed to be looking at me.