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AMU VC's son Major Shah : talented and critically acclaimed film Actor


After winning the coveted " Best Actor" award at one of ASIA's largest film festival's of the continent, The Prestigious Delhi International Film Festival, and having bagged 2 highly coveted awards at the International Film festival of Prayag, A.M.U, V.C's son Major Mohommed Ali Shah, also bags the " Best Actor" at the FILM SAAZ.

Seems like the very talented and critically acclaimed actor, Major Mohommed Ali Shah who did a 5 year stint in the Indian Army and served in the most difficult area of the country such as “ Jammu & Kashmir” and the “North East”, and was awarded a commendation card for his meritorious service to the Nation of being unmindful of his own personal safety and for going beyond the call of duty and had the rare honour of leading the “ Assam Rifles” marching contingent at Rajpath, New Delhi saluting H.E. The president of India, who had decided at the age of 5 itself that he wanted to become an actor eventually, who was also awarded one of the most coveted and major awards at one of the largest film festival's of Asia, that of " Best Actor" at one of the biggest International platform, after almost 2 months he was also awarded 2 major and coveted awards at the very Prestigious International Film Festival of Prayag when the Mini Kumbh mela at Allahabad was on in february, that of ' Best Actor" and a rare honour of a " Special mention by jury and critique's for outstanding performance" has got into the habit of winning laurels and being recognised for his talent and good work. Once again at the Film Saaz he was recognised for his talent and was awarded a Major and the most coveted award of “Best Actor” at the very prestigious A.M.U's film festival, Film Saaz, which concluded on the 17th Mar 16  has made the entire Aligarh proud by his film ' The Ruffian" winning 3 coveted awards, apart from the music video he was the protagonist of - The A.M.U. Tarana reprise, which won the " Best Music Video" award at the very prestigious Film Saaz which concluded on 17th Mar, the Chief Guest for the event was " Drishyam" and " Rocky Handsome" fame director - Mr. Nishikant Kamat, who presented these major awards. However, Ali was tied up with his hectic schedule in Mumbai, so Mr. Madhi Ur Rehman Shervani ( Ex English Professor at A.M.U, with whom Ali has worked earlier in his film based on Majaz Lucknawi along with Shahid Kapoor's mother - Neelima Azim and Priyanshu Chaterjee) collected the awards on Ali's behalf. The English film ( dubbed into Malayam and hindi) he acted in " The Ruffian", where he played the title and the lead role- Gave a Tour de performance as an actor. Ali has done professional Theatre and trained as an actor under the able guidance of Thespians such as his father’s younger brother, Mr. Naseer Uddin Shah and Mr. Tom Alter. He had a very important role to play in Vishal Bhardwaj’s latest film – “ Haider”, which won 5 National awards apart from numerous Filmfare and International film awards. He has just completed shooting for National School of Drama alumnus and National award winning director ( for “ Paan Singh Tomar”), Tigmanshu Dhulia’s latest film – “ Yaara”, where he ages in the film from young to old, Shruti Hassan, Vidyut Jamwal, Amit Saad and Sanjay Mishra are starring in “ Yaara”. It is a role which is very challenging and demanded a whole lot of dedication, discipline, devotion and commitment and took Ali a year to prepare for it. Ali made a humble begining in Sriram Raghavan’s, Saif Ali Khan and Kareena Kapoor starrer – “ Agent Vinod”. Ali studied business management from the very prestigious, IIM Calcutta and has had the honour to have worked with some leading multinational companies such as “ Genpact”, “ Rolta Thales Ltd” and “ Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd” at a very senior position and believed in his abilities as an actor that he gave up his cushy, comfortable regular 9 to 5 job to pursue his childhood passion and fascination for acting. He is the son of Lt. Gen. Zameer Uddin Shah ( PVSM, SM, VSM) former Deputy Chief of The Army Staff, former member Armed Forces Tribunal, currently the Vice Chancellor of the prestigious Aligarh Muslim University. His wife is doing her PHD from Jawaharlal Nehru University. Despite hailing from such an illustrious background Ali wants to create his own identity on his own and doesn’t believe in living in the shadows of his illustrious father and uncle. Ali has worked very closely with the “ Film and Television Institute of Pune” as well the “ Symbiosis Institute of Mass Communication”, Pune apart from being crowned the coveted title of Mr. Pune “ Talent” in 1999, while persuing his graduation from “ Fergusson College”, Pune.

A whole lot of films from various countries across the globe were showcased at Film Saaz, which were officially selected out of almost 1750 film entries from almost 108 countries, which is a record breaking number - This year'sFilm Saaz could possibly be eligible for a Limca Book of Records entry. The A.M.U. film club secretary Mr. Sahil Khan's efforts and hardwork to put up a grand show was much appreciated not only by people in Aligarh but from other far away cities such as in Mumbai as well. The film where Shah was the lead actor were also amongst thousands of the films that was selected and awarded.The only film to have received 3 coveted awards. English film dubbed into Malayalam and Hindi “ The Ruffian”. The Jury panel was highly impressed by Ali's acting skills and abilities, that it was undoubtedly a unanimous decision to select Shah for the highly coveted award.  Interestingly exactly 20 years ago Ali had won his first award as the “ Best Actor” for one act plays competion at his school “ Lawrence School, Lovedale” .This is the 7th award shah received on an International platform in just a short span of 3 months. Major Mohommed Ali Shah is a huge inspiration to many who want to convert their dreams into reality. Let us learn from such versatile people like him how one listens to his heart and mind and lives his life on his own terms like a daredevil. Seems like Ali is in a habit of being an achiever and that habit has now taken him to an International level. The Nation should feel proud of having citizens like him. If Major Shah continues his hardwork at this pace, we are sure of him going even ahead of his illustrious uncle, Mr. Naseer Uddin Shah and let's hope for a National Award for Ali for his next Major film " YAARA" - At this pace an Oscar for his talent is not too far from him.

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