Naseeruddin Shah in conversation with Riz Khan on Al Jazeera says, in retrospect, it was probably a good thing that he didn’t get Mahatma Gandhi‘s part in Richard Attenborough‘s film because a) he was too young for the role, and b) the Oscar campaign had begun even before Gandhi had begun to be shot, and the possibility of an Indian actor getting the Academy Award was unthinkable at the time.
“I would like to be remembered as an actor who didn’t think it necessary to show off all the time. That’ll be good enough for me…. Actors who hanker after displaying their wares all the time are people to be pitied.
“There are people for whom acting is an end in itself and it is not. You don’t act for the sake of acting however much you may enjoy it. You act because there is a purpose to it. That purpose is to convey somebody’s ideas.”
Also watch: Ben Kingsley on pomposity and pretentiousness