It doesn't take long to spot his lineage because of his unorthodox hairstyle which is quite similar to his father's in his early days. But that's not the only resemblance Imaad Shah bears with dad Naseeruddin Shah. He is as composed and soft-spoken as the veteran actor. With his first major film, Dil Dosti Etc, ready to release this weekend, Imaad talks to HT.
You suffered a near-fatal accident recently…
Yes it cut me out from the rest of the world. I am confined to my home with books instead of riding on the excitement of Dil Dosti Etc's release.
Are you nervous about the first big role of "Naseeruddin Shah's son"?
No. I know comparisons will be made and I can't stop them. I've done everything in my own way and I'm happy with my work.
Having been a stage actor how did films happen to you?
I did not have any set plans. I was happy doing music and stage but I was not against films. In fact I have always liked them. But music remains my first love and I will never be a regular in movies. I will only take up projects I like.
This film is close to you…
I am almost playing my age in the movie and the character of Apurv is similar to mine. It was easy for me to bring out his emotions.
Tell us about your character in the film.
I play a rich boy who's an introvert. He is also interested in women. Apurv isn't a rebel. The film is about relationships.
What about some fun times?
There were quite a few. Once all our clothes got stolen from the Hindu College campus where we were shooting and I had to shoot in my own clothes.
Shall we see you as a musician in future?
I want to form a band of my own though I currently play for many outfits. I love writing songs and can't do without my music.
Doesn't your father want you to do films?
He complimented me on my performance in this film. He likes me to take my own decisions. But he has always been an inspiration to me as an actor and I have learnt a lot from him.
Do you attend his acting workshops?
I have attended a few but I have learnt more from him by just being with him. My mother too has influenced me.
What about getting influenced by his films?
I liked him in films such as Sparsh and Katha but he tells me that a lot of them are not so good and I should avoid them.
Where do we see you next?
I don't know. I'm waiting to recover…may be making music.