He is one of the most flawless actors of Indian cinema and is aware of his strengths and weaknesses despite all the adulation. Veteran actor Naseeruddin Shah, who turned director with Yun Hota Toh Kya Hota, in 2006, says he has given up on direction. “I don’t think I am good at it. It’s too difficult and hectic. It’s a big job to direct a film. Also, once you have made it, it’s there forever so its not an easy job,” he says, when asked why he wants to give up on direction.
Meanwhile, when it comes to the fresh batch of actors, Naseeruddin is in all praise for Rajkummar Rao and Ayushmann Khurrana. “I am amazed by the choice of films Rajkummar is making. He is one of the most talented actors of this generation. I am also surprised by Ayushman’s work. I am sure he must be getting some typical commercial hero projects but he is making some wise choices,” the 67-year old
Naseer will now be seen in The Hungry, which is based on Shakespeare’s Titus Andronicus. The Hungry explores the violence that exists between power and love — a macabre fairytale set in the elite circles of northern India. Meanwhile the actor also feels digital is the future. He says, “It’s the future, so a web series is the way to go. I haven’t said yes to anything yet but I think I will at some point. The digital age is going to replace everything and cinema houses are going to be reformed in 25 years. I won’t be around by then.”