Naseeruddin Shah is in a jovial mood when we meet him for the promotions of ‘Finding Fanny’. He has more than one reason to celebrate – the quirky film has been well received by critics and he’s got an autobiography that’s about to release. However even though the seasoned actor says that he’s shared anecdotes that he hopes will be ‘engaging’, he’s held back a great deal.
“The remark that I got from someone who had read it was that they were struck by how honest it was. However, I didn’t really set out to be honest or to make it a tell-all. It’s NOT a tell-all. There’s plenty I haven’t told,” said the actor.
That said, the actor is happy with how the book has shaped up. “Most people say autobiographies are a load of lies or ornamental truths. I’m happy with I’ve done. I’d like to be remembered as a person who called a spade a spade.”
And what of those secrets he isn’t willing to share just yet? “Maybe I’ll tell them one day. When I’m writing a fictional book about the film industry that’s based on fact. And any resemblance to characters will be purely coincidental,” he chuckles.
The book, in part, delves into the bittersweet relationship Naseeruddin had with his father. “My father tried his best to guide me down the path he thought I should go, but it didn’t work. I went the way I wanted to go and I’ve not made the mistake of guiding my children in the same manner. I let them find their own path and rather than be negative about it, like my father was, I’m positive and supportive of whatever they choose to do,” he said.
Naseeruddin Shah’s autobiography is titled ‘And Then One Day’.