It seems like veteran Bollywood actor Naseeruddin Shah is not quite happy or interested in doing films anymore. Needless to mention, he is one of the finest actors in the industry. He has won numerous awards, including three National Film Awards, three Filmfare Awards, and an award at the Venice Film Festival.
He was even awarded the Padma Shri and Padma Bhushan by the Government of India for his contributions to Indian cinema. However, the actor recently expressed his disappointments with the Hindi film industry at the Mountain Echoes Literary Festival.
Maintaining that he has no regrets in life, Naseeruddin Shah said that if he had a chance to live again, he would love to do it in the same way. “It has been an eventful journey and if I had a chance to live again, I would love to do it in the same way. I feel fortunate about the life I have lived,” the actor said.
Participating in a session titled “And then one day” on the opening day of the literary festival, Shah said that he is not very optimistic about the film industry in Mumbai.
“I am pretty much fed up with the kind of movies we make. I am not very optimistic about the film world in Bombay.”
The 68-year-old actor went on to say that the industry is all fluff and there’s nothing that is helping him to thrive in the industry.
Naseeruddin Shah further added that he was no longer interested in 60-day shoots and that he only took up movies that demanded lesser time on his part.
“Theatre is what I want to focus more on. At least you can turn back the pages and play Shakespeare or any great works.”
It seems like the Bollywood actor is not at all interested anymore with the way today’s movies are being made. Maintaining that web platforms are the future of film viewing, Naseeruddin said that all cinema halls will disappear in next few years.
When asked by an audience on the functioning of the Central Board Of Film Certification (CBFC), Naseeruddin said that he has never been able to understand how the CBFC functions. However, he acknowledged that the board must have its own reasons for doing what they do. Naseeruddin also told the audience that the platform and space for open and reasonable debate are shrinking in India.
What’s your view on Naseeruddin Shah’s statements?