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‘I’ve been broke in Delhi and in Bombay’: When Naseeruddin Shah felt ‘money brought a lot of problems with it’ – Times Now

Naseeruddin Shah

An actor par excellence, Naseeruddin Shah has given innumerable memorable performances in his illustrious career thus far. From Masoom and Chamatkar to A Wednesday and Ishqiya, the superstar has been enthralling the audience for a long long time.

Naseeruddin, who comes from a non-filmy background, recounted his early days of struggle in one of his previous interviews. The Dirty Picture actor said that he has seen some extremely difficult phases in life and was only able to survive them because his focus always remained on making it in the film industry.

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“My love for acting has survived many, many phases of being completely stone broke and going without food for several days. That’s happened not only to me, but also guys like Om (Puri) and others. We were the ones given the least chance of succeeding in the film industry. I’ve been broke in Delhi and I’ve been broke in Bombay and in between in Pune,” Naseeruddin told Film Companion.

Further, he elaborated on his experience of surviving in Mumbai with less or no money. He added, “Bombay is like a big father or a big mother, it looks after you. Delhi I find a very hostile city. Bombay I always found there were cheaper places to eat than I ever could find in Delhi. There were cheaper places to stay. There was somehow a way to survive in this city. I never dreamt of mountains of money. I always felt money brought a lot of problems with it.”

Naseeruddin also spoke out about his family’s struggles back in the day. “My dad was a government servant. He used to get a salary of a thousand rupees a month and on that he educated the three of us in a boarding school. He and my mom survived on 400 bucks a month, out of which they even saved every month. I never saw my mom and dad buy a new set of clothes for themselves ever,” he said.

Meanwhile, on the work front, Naseeruddin was recently seen in a small but impactful role in Deepika Padukone-headlined Gehraaiyaan.