By Naseeruddin Shah
Naseeruddin Shah’s glowing memoir of his early years, ‘from 0 to thirty-two’, spans his impressive trip from a feudal hamlet close to Meerut to Catholic faculties in Nainital and Ajmer, and eventually to degree and movie stardom in Mumbai. alongside the best way, he recounts his passages via Aligarh collage, the nationwide institution of Drama
and the movie and tv Institute of India, the place his success eventually started to change.
And Then in the future tells a compelling story, written with infrequent honesty and consummate splendor, leavened with tongue-in-cheek humour. There are relocating photos of kin, darkly humorous bills of his schooldays, and vibrant cameos of administrators and actors he has labored with, between them Ebrahim Alkazi, Shyam Benegal, Girish Karnad, Om Puri and Shabana Azmi.
The money owed of his fight to earn money via appearing, his experiments with the craft, his amorous affairs, his early marriage, his successes and screw ups are narrated with notable frankness and target self-assessment. Brimming with pleasant anecdotes in addition to poignant, frequently painful revelations, this e-book is a travel de strength, destined to turn into a vintage of the style.
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In the dazzling blackness, dim shapes of heads gradually began to identify themselves. They looked expectant, receptive, not hostile and judgemental, as in life. And every one of them seemed to be looking at me. I had one of the first lines. After, for a few brief seconds, almost submitting to the most intense fear I’ve ever known, I finally spoke and got it out loud and clear and not garbled and not nasal at all, and they laughed. They had listened and they had responded! And I discovered that no one in the cosmos is more desirous of loving you, for that moment, than an audience is.
He was kind and much loved. But though my association with him did not help me learn any more than Miss Perry’s cruelty had, it did help my collection of cricket pictures. Cricket was trying to force itself to the forefront of my awareness, and was grappling with movies for the honour. Apart from the literature stories and the odd poem worth memorizing, I found nothing of the slightest interest in any of the books I was made to read in class. Cricket was interesting. I was up on the details of every score of every Test match being played; there weren’t one-hundredth the number of matches being played then as there are now.
Punishments were severe; six of the best with an oiled malacca cane on a winter night was hard and you got some sympathy from your peers, and perhaps admiration if you hadn’t flinched, but anything less than that was not to be taken seriously. Rules were inflexible and expulsions common, and we were all judged almost instantaneously and either approved of or consigned to the rubbish heap. For all their inflexible notions, one has to admire the spirit of those intrepid souls a hundred and more years ago, discovering pristine hill locations, some of them difficult to reach even now, and building such awe- inspiring structures in the middle of these wildernesses.
And Then One Day: A Memoir by Naseeruddin Shah