By Naseeruddin Shah
Naseeruddin Shah’s glowing memoir of his early years, ‘from 0 to thirty-two’, spans his notable trip from a feudal hamlet close to Meerut to Catholic colleges in Nainital and Ajmer, and eventually to degree and picture stardom in Mumbai. alongside the way in which, 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 ultimately started to change.
And Then sooner or later tells a compelling story, written with infrequent honesty and consummate beauty, leavened with tongue-in-cheek humour. There are relocating pictures of relatives, darkly humorous debts of his schooldays, and bright cameos of administrators and actors he has labored with, between them Ebrahim Alkazi, Shyam Benegal, Girish Karnad, Om Puri and Shabana Azmi.
The debts 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 aim self-assessment. Brimming with pleasant anecdotes in addition to poignant, frequently painful revelations, this booklet is a travel de strength, destined to develop into a vintage of the style.
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My one line in Matrimonial Agency, however, vindicated for me the feeling I’d always had that I wouldn’t be a complete disaster as an actor. This needs some recounting. Every time I ever saw a play, and this dates back to Mr Fixit, I would, while waiting for the curtain to rise, be intensely intrigued by exactly what was going on behind it. As the years flew past, I learnt it’s a welter of confusion, especially in school plays. But at that time I wanted nothing more than to be privy to what was brewing on the other side.
Every time I ever saw a play, and this dates back to Mr Fixit, I would, while waiting for the curtain to rise, be intensely intrigued by exactly what was going on behind it. As the years flew past, I learnt it’s a welter of confusion, especially in school plays. But at that time I wanted nothing more than to be privy to what was brewing on the other side. And my opportunity came with this skit which our class put up for the Principal’s feast. This was Class 8, the year 1961, and I was twelve or eleven, depending on my mood.
In later life after having been roused to fury by something my own children did, I often, on calmer reflection, realized that it was my own insecurities and failings in something completely unrelated that had made me bully them thus, and I did it only because I could. When I’ve struck any of them or felt the urge to do so, my own frustrations have always been the cause. I sometimes wonder how many disappointments and failures poor Miss Perry or Brother Burke must have lived with to relish being so relentlessly cruel to the children in their care.