When it comes to classical acting and use of the word ‘disciplined acting’ , Naseeruddin Shah is one such name with which we all relate to. The veteran actor isn’t just known for his acting skills but is also well known for being upfront and going overboard to criticize his colleagues and other actors.
Be it calling someone like a Rajesh Khanna an ‘average actor’ to now terming stereotyping Salman Khan as an actor whose movies shouldn’t be remembered ages down the line, he has said it all.
Yes you read it right. Recently at a gathering, Shah said-
“I feel that cinema can’t change society or bring a revolution. I’m also not sure of cinema as a medium of education. Documentaries can be educative, not feature films. People see them and forget. The only serious function films can serve is to act as a record of their times.”
The veteran actor further goes on to claim that it is for this reason he has worked in classics like A Wednesday or his latest short film Rogan Josh, set in the aftermath of 26/11 attacks.
“I consider it my responsibility to take part in such films. All my serious works are a representative of their times. Cinema will survive. These films would be seen 200 years later.
“People should know what the India of 2018 was like. They shouldn’t end up seeing only Salman Khan films 200 years later. India is not like that. Cinema is for posterity,” he adds. Rogan Josh by Sanjeev Vig, features Shah as a celebrated chef at The Taj Hotels who invites his family and friends home for dinner to celebrate his birthday.
On the discussion on working with newcomers and first timers, Shah said-
” If there’s a young man trying to make a song and dance film, I wouldn’t give him a second. But here was a young man trying to make a film on a subject he believes should be made. “I am totally for first timers. I always hear them seriously. I have done so many films with first timers and I’ve never regretted it.”
Rogan Josh, by Royal Stag Barrel Select Large Short Films, was screened at the 20th edition of Jio MAMI Mumbai Film Festival.