Naseeruddin Shah, one of the most versatile and diverse actors of Indian cinema, turns 71 today. And the best way to celebrate his birthday, we think, would be to binge-watch some of his best movies. So, here we bring 5 of his movies that truly capture his versatility.

A Wednesday (2008)

‘A Wednesday’ is an absolute masterpiece by Shah. Directed by Neeraj Pandey, it epitomises the multi-layered character of the common man and what can happen if he loses his patience.

The poster for A Wednesday

Waiting (2015)

Directed by Anu Menon, it is a film depicting the complexities of love and life. Naseeruddin Shah, along with Kalki Koechlin, does a phenomenal job in bringing out the intrinsic yet subtle emotions of life.

The poster for Waiting

Masoom (1983)

The poignant performance of Shah in Shekhar Kapur’s ‘Masoom’ is unforgettable. The turmoil faced by DK (Shah’s character) on discovering his illegitimate child compels the audience to sympathise with his grief and misery.

The poster for Masoom

Ishqiya (2010)

Helmed by Abhishek Chaubey, Khalujan (Shah’s character) leaves an extraordinary effect with his lovelorn eyes and timid smile. The film is an amalgamation of a variety of genres like romance, comedy, action.

The poster for Ishqiya

Sarfarosh (1999)

The effective mixing of the charm and cruelty together through his Urdu recitations in  John Mathew Matthan’s film Sarfarosh is an example of his excellence as an actor. Even though Amir Khan was in the lead role, Shah managed to steal the show.

The poster for Sarfarosh

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