The actor’s stars
Naseeruddin Shah and Ratna Pathak Shah. Together, theirs is the story of Indian acting itself
Naseeruddin Shah trashed the play Waiting for Godot in his examination thesis at the National School of Drama (NSD), Delhi. Yet when Naseer and Benjamin Gilani were sitting over a cup of chai in Lucknow in 1979, and decided to start their theatre troupe, Motley, it was the first play they picked. “I don’t understand the damn thing," Naseer says, reflecting on how the stage is not a personal medium to display one’s own wares. “We picked it because it had two or three actors."