By Naseeruddin Shah
Naseeruddin Shah’s glowing memoir of his early years, ‘from 0 to thirty-two’, spans his striking trip from a feudal hamlet close to Meerut to Catholic faculties in Nainital and Ajmer, and eventually to degree and movie stardom in Mumbai. alongside the best way, he recounts his passages via Aligarh collage, the nationwide university of Drama
and the movie and tv Institute of India, the place his good fortune eventually started to change.
And Then in the future tells a compelling story, written with infrequent honesty and consummate beauty, leavened with tongue-in-cheek humour. There are relocating graphics of family, 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 money 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, usually painful revelations, this ebook is a travel de strength, destined to turn into a vintage of the style.
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Having spent more time than we had in the sun, his complexion was darker than ours and I daresay he knew it. Initially aloof and withdrawn, always addressing Ammi as ‘Apa bi’ and Baba as ‘Dulha bhai’, it took us some time getting used to having him around. Despite still carrying the scars of having been sent away at that age he was, I think, fortunate to have forged the priceless, unbreakable bond he had with Akabi. I myself always sought, and never found, such an equation with an elder. Zameer and I finally forged our own bonds when Zaheer went away to boarding school at the age of five.
And I have since steadfastly believed that the only magic that happens in this world happens on the stage. Films take you captive, they feed you everything on a plate, the legerdemain they create transports you into a state where you may as well be dreaming, but theatre takes you into a world where your imagination is stimulated, your judgement is unimpaired, and thus your enjoyment heightened. It is only in the theatre that there can be this kind of exchange of energies between actor and audience.
I mean, Zameer played a sailor that night in On the Good Ship Lollipop and he never felt a similar urge. The same year I watched a play for the first time, in the Sem concert hall. It was called Mr Fixit and has faded from my memory almost entirely but while watching it the only thing I wanted was to be up there with those people. When a long limousine, which I later discovered to be a plywood cutout on wheels, came gliding on to the stage, I was back in the same universe of wonder where I had watched ‘that man’ dancing on that stage a hundred feet high.