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Major Mohommed Ali Shah, bags International Film Award as – “ Special mention by Jury & Critique's for outstanding performance"

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, was recognised for his talent and was awarded a Major and the most coveted award of “Best Actor” at the very prestigious Delhi International Film Festival which concluded on the 10th Dec 15 at the National capital and has made the entire Allahabad proud by winning 2 coveted awards at the very prestigious International Film Festival of Prayag concluded at Allahabad on 28th Feb.The English film 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.
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> A whole lot of films from various countries across the globe were showcased at the  International Film Festival of Prayag, Allahabad, which were officially selected out of a thousand plus entries. There are films which are directly going for the very coveted " OSCAR'S" after being screened at the  International Film Festival. The film where Shah was the lead actor were also amongst thousands of the films that was selected awarded.The only film to have received 2 coveted awards. English film dubbed into Malayalam and Hindi “ The Ruffian”. The Jury 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 3rd award shah received on an International platform in just a short span of 2 years.The International Film Festival of Prayag, Allahabad was a huge success and gave a very good platform for young talent like Ali’s. 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.

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