Born in 1950 in Barabanki, Uttar Pradesh, Shri Naseeruddin Shah studied acting in the National School of Drama, Delhi, and later at the Film and Television Institute of India, Pune. As a student in the National School of Drama his talent as an actor drew the attention of Shri E. Alkazi, the then Director of the School, and he was featured in a number of N.S.D. productions. Moving to Bombay, Shri Naseeruddin Shah worked for Satyadev Dubey’s Theatre Unit and Om Puri’s Majma before forming his own group, Motley, in 1979. Over the last ten years he has acted in and directed a large number of plays on the Bombay stage. Notable among these are Waiting for Godot, The Odd Couple, and The Caine Mutiny Court Martial. A film actor of considerable repute, Shri Naseeruddin Shah has received National Awards as Best Actor in 1980 and 1985 for his roles in Sparsh and Paar. He was also adjudged Best Actor for Paar in the Venice Film Festival in 1985. Apart from the Hindi cinema, he has acted in films in English, Gujarati, Bengali, and Kannada. Shri Naseeruddin Shah receives the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award for his contri- bution to theatre as an actor.