EXCLUSIVE: Family portraits of the first family of Indian theatre

Published on Jan 14, 2017 07:30 PM IST
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(From left) Vivaan, Ratna, Naseer, Heeba and Imaad Shah (Prabhat Shetty)
Published on Jan 14, 2017 07:30 PM IST

(From left) Vivaan, Ratna, Naseer, Heeba and Imaad Shah (Prabhat Shetty)

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Imaad and Vivaan are theatre babies. Just like Ratna herself. She grew up watching her mother (Dina Pathak) perform on stage and her kids grew up watching her and me – Naseeruddin Shah (Prabhat Shetty )
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Imaad and Vivaan are theatre babies. Just like Ratna herself. She grew up watching her mother (Dina Pathak) perform on stage and her kids grew up watching her and me – Naseeruddin Shah (Prabhat Shetty )

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Ratna, who had misheard ‘Naseeruddin Shah’ as ‘Shivendra Sinha’ when they were introduced, fondly recalls their first rehearsal together and says, “He was the only one who knew what he was doing as an actor as opposed to the rest of us who were just blundering along.” (Prabhat Shetty )
Published on Jan 14, 2017 07:30 PM IST

Ratna, who had misheard ‘Naseeruddin Shah’ as ‘Shivendra Sinha’ when they were introduced, fondly recalls their first rehearsal together and says, “He was the only one who knew what he was doing as an actor as opposed to the rest of us who were just blundering along.” (Prabhat Shetty )

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Ratna claims she first fell in love with Naseer’s John Lennon dark glasses. The man has still not lost his swag and Ratna is still the “striking-looking girl who Naseer can hardly keep my eyes off. (Prabhat Shetty )
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Ratna claims she first fell in love with Naseer’s John Lennon dark glasses. The man has still not lost his swag and Ratna is still the “striking-looking girl who Naseer can hardly keep my eyes off. (Prabhat Shetty )

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Theirs is a story #relationshipgoals are made of. The made-for-each-other couple is a perfect team whether they are raising their kids or working on a play. Their love for each other is palpable when they are on stage together. (Prabhat Shetty )
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Theirs is a story #relationshipgoals are made of. The made-for-each-other couple is a perfect team whether they are raising their kids or working on a play. Their love for each other is palpable when they are on stage together. (Prabhat Shetty )

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The Shah are evidently not too enthusiastic about photoshoots and fake smiles, but once you get them together they can crack each other up with impromptu inside jokes to ensure one has the picture perfect frames. (Prabhat Shetty )
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The Shah are evidently not too enthusiastic about photoshoots and fake smiles, but once you get them together they can crack each other up with impromptu inside jokes to ensure one has the picture perfect frames. (Prabhat Shetty )

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In his autobiography, (Prabhat Shetty)
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In his autobiography, (Prabhat Shetty)

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I had worked with Heebs before, and knew she is a talented actor. Viv has always been a gifted and uninhibited actor, Imaad is a bit shy, but I realised that he is also deeply interested in acting. It makes me proud to see that they have found their individual connect with acting. – Naseeruddin Shah (Prabhat Shetty )
Published on Jan 14, 2017 07:30 PM IST

I had worked with Heebs before, and knew she is a talented actor. Viv has always been a gifted and uninhibited actor, Imaad is a bit shy, but I realised that he is also deeply interested in acting. It makes me proud to see that they have found their individual connect with acting. – Naseeruddin Shah (Prabhat Shetty )

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Ratna believes that theatre has been the glue that not only holds them close but also keeps them sane and connected to new ideas. But in the Shah family, she also plays a very similar role. (Prabhat Shetty )
Published on Jan 14, 2017 07:30 PM IST

Ratna believes that theatre has been the glue that not only holds them close but also keeps them sane and connected to new ideas. But in the Shah family, she also plays a very similar role. (Prabhat Shetty )

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Theatre is part of our lives so there is always some preparation, discussion or rehearsal happening every day. I don’t know what we’d talk about if it weren’t for theatre, films and music. –Ratna Pathak Shah (Prabhat Shetty )
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Theatre is part of our lives so there is always some preparation, discussion or rehearsal happening every day. I don’t know what we’d talk about if it weren’t for theatre, films and music. –Ratna Pathak Shah (Prabhat Shetty )

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Naseer is known for his eye to details But when he gets up and runs his fingers through Vivaan’s hair to ensure not a single strand is out of place or insists that Imaad finds and wears the pair of shoes appropriate for his outfit, he is every bit a doting dad as he is a perfectionist. (Prabhat Shetty )
Published on Jan 14, 2017 07:30 PM IST

Naseer is known for his eye to details But when he gets up and runs his fingers through Vivaan’s hair to ensure not a single strand is out of place or insists that Imaad finds and wears the pair of shoes appropriate for his outfit, he is every bit a doting dad as he is a perfectionist. (Prabhat Shetty )

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Although Naseer has shared the stage with Ratna and Heeba earlier, the entire family came together for a full-blown play only recently, which both Imaad and Vivaan consider as a great learning experience . (Prabhat Shetty )
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Although Naseer has shared the stage with Ratna and Heeba earlier, the entire family came together for a full-blown play only recently, which both Imaad and Vivaan consider as a great learning experience . (Prabhat Shetty )

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Finally, it is a wrap and the entire Shah family heaves a collective sigh of relief and the joy on their faces remind us of the school bell that announces the end of a painful maths class! (Prabhat Shetty )
Published on Jan 14, 2017 07:30 PM IST

Finally, it is a wrap and the entire Shah family heaves a collective sigh of relief and the joy on their faces remind us of the school bell that announces the end of a painful maths class! (Prabhat Shetty )

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