Naseeruddin Shah is Alive and Well. Rumours of His Death are FALSE


They wanted Naseerudin Shah dead  too, so that they  could have a trilogy of tragedies to play up on. But sorry, Naseer refused to play ball. He isn’t ready to die as yet. I connected with Naseer Saab, one of the most straight-talking artistes and undoubtedly the most brilliant actor since Dilip Kumar, and he told me the health issues were all the  inventions of  media stormers out to get hits by hook or crook.

The sloppily written articles on the terrible trilogy of tragedy would just have to be cancelled. Unless God obliges the vultures by killing one more acting stalwart. If, God forbid, that happens, let’s hope the hospital staff spares the dying artiste the indignity of shooting his death.

What are we coming to? Have we lost our humanity completely? A lot of optimists out there thought  this lockdown would  change  civilization’s  growing descent  into self-interest. But no  such luck.
Witness the gleeful video conferencing after we lost Irrfan Khan and  Rishi Kapoor within 24  hours. Everyone wants  a soundbyte and there is no dearth of bored stars at home willing to oblige. Hence  actors who had never worked or even met either Irrfan or Rishi were  giving their two-bit expert comments on the actors.

91-year old  Bharat Ratna Lata Mangeshkar, who  was recently pulled from the jaws of death,was not spared either. She had news channels hounding her for her reactions to Rishi Kapoor’s.  One enthusiastic  correspondent wanted  to know if Rishi Kapoor had any favourite songs by Lataji. That’s when she hung up the phone. Shouldn’t that question be  answered by Rishiji who, alas, is not available  to answer anything anymore. I dialed his number this morning hoping  to hear his gruff voice telling me the death news was all a hoax.

But he’s really gone. And there is really no sense in asking everyone in your phonebook to comment on a death. I respect Raakhee Gulzar (Raakheedi for me, but let’s stay professional in these  times  of unprofessional journalism)  who has done  important films with Rishi Kapoor (Doosra Aadmi and Kabhi Kabhie) for  telling me, “Subhash, let me be silent”. I quietly withdrew.

Shabana Azmi also requested me to let her be as the shock of losing a dear friend(Rishi) was yet to be processed in her mind. Or  I like Taapsee Panu for telling me, “I don’t comment on people passing away”. Fair enough. Taapsee simply paid her tribute on her social media. 

I wish  more of  those who are pulled out for comments  on  a death  show some degree  of restraint. Unfortunately  the  era of  social-media impact has robbed even the biggest of artistes of their self-restrain. It was shocking and  disgusting to see names that I respect rushing to be the first to tweet  about the recent deaths of actors who cannot die. Unless we kill them with virtual  kindness.

Take  a break from trying to project a digitally driven sensitivity. Try feeling real feelings again. You will like it. Former Actress Meenkashi Sheshadri, now residing in  the US,  video “mourning” her co-star of five films is so dry and devoid  of  genuine emotions, I thought she was advocating self-control  during the lockdown. I remember  Rishi’s excitement when he had met his Damini co-star in the US. That guy felt real emotions. We will miss him for  not being a social-media poseur.

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