Naseeruddin Shah was born on July 20, 1950, in the town of Barabanki, Uttar Pradesh, into the Nawab family
Shah did his studies at St. Anselm’s Ajmer and St Joseph’s College, Nainital. He graduated with a degree in art from Aligarh Muslim University in 1971 and attended the National School of Drama in Delhi
Shah has sung with his theatre group in places like New Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, and Lahore. He directed plays by Lavender Kumar, Ismat Chughtai, and Saadat Hasan Manto.
In 1977, Shah, Tom Alter, and Benjamin Gilani formed a theater group called Motley Productions. Their first play was Samuel Beckett’s Waiting Godot, which was performed at the British Theatre on July 29, 1979.