Naseeruddin Shah On His B-Town Struggle: Whoever Offers Me Work Would Appear ‘God-Like’

Success comes to those who work hard and never give up. And, an example of that is veteran actor Naseeruddin Shah. The Indian film and stage artist, who is no stranger to struggle, recently spoke about how praying helped him grow in life.

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Recalling an incident from his early days as a struggler in the city, he was quoted saying by News18“I can recall that day even now. I was very vulnerable back then. I had no work, no friends in the city, no money to buy my bread and it felt like all the doors were closed. I thought I would pray. While performing Wudu I began to think, what is prayer about? Is it ‘saudebaazi’ (bargaining), where I say, ‘God please give me this and I will become that and I will offer you that’? No! That should not be the reason why we pray! That day and ever since, I never prayed to ask anything from the Almighty. My attitude towards prayer changed forever.”

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 This moment of realization changed his attitude towards prayer forever.

“I only pray to express gratitude. When I was broken, I realised that the only solution is to get work and whoever offers me would appear to me as ‘God-like’. I have to hold myself strong till then. I think begging to God for things while praying is despicable,” he added.

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The actor recently appeared in a short film directed by a greenhorn filmmaker. The movie called ‘Half Full’ will premiere on an OTT platform. When questioned on why he worked with a beginner, he said he is supportive of short films that are made by young filmmakers, reports the New Indian Express.


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“I did not know this young man Karan before reading the script. That way, I did not know Shekhar Kapur before doing Masoom, I did not know Neeraj (Pandey) before doing A Wednesday. For me, the story matters. When I came on board for this film, I found the script interesting,” he explained. We’re glad to hear that the veteran actor believes in hard work and young talent.

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