Naseeruddin Shah: I've worked for money and there's no shame; I need to run my kitchen

In a conversation with a leading agency, Naseeruddin Shah said he has no qualms in accepting that he has worked for money in some films as he had to run his kitchen.
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Naseeruddin Shah is one of the most phenomenal actors in the Hindi film industry. He has been a part of the acting world for more than 4 decades. Naseeruddin has been a part of all the three platforms- TV, Web and films. He is also a role model for all the aspiring young actors who want to venture into the industry. The veteran actor has always been vocal about his opinions and has never shied away in putting them out in the public. In a conversation with PTI, the actor said he has no qualms in accepting that he has worked for money in some films as he had to run his kitchen. 

 

"The easiest way for an actor to get corrupted is by becoming a star. Then you start believing your own myth. You start believing what the press writes about you. That's very dangerous," Naseeruddin told PTI. He went on to add that, “There's no way anyone can ensure what will be the quality of a film when you read a script. You have to go by instincts and do it. Sometimes it goes right and sometimes wrong.” Well, right said! Do you agree with his thoughts? 

 

 

The actor said he had to work for just money in a few films as he had to earn for his family and he is not ashamed of that fact. "I've worked for money and there's no shame. I need to run my kitchen. That's what I tell younger actors. Don't be afraid to do things for money. What are we all working for? Aren't we working to feed ourselves. I've done films for money but not too many films," Naseeruddin said. 

 

He said that he is proud of the fact he was a part of the age where independent cinema was thriving and he worked for free in many projects. "I was just an actor these filmmakers used. I admired the fact that the filmmakers were trying to do this and I'm honoured I became a centre of that movement. Some cynical friends used to say they want me in their films because I am ready to work for free," Naseeruddin Shah said.

 

"On many occasions I was told there would be no payment, a lot of times I was promised chicken feed amount like Rs 5,000, Rs 10,000 which I never got by these so-called serious filmmakers," he added. 

 

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It's called "Show Business!"

i love you naseer sahaab

That 70s parallel-cinema period yielded many classics. Though nothing's guaranteed, I can't but wish someone like Shyam Benegal had been at the helm of Thugs of Hindustan.

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