Love, Hate, Tolerate: Ratna Pathak Shah on living with Naseeruddin Shah

Bollywood couple, Ratna Pathak Shah and Naseeruddin Shah share a great camaraderie off the screen. Recently, both went to the prestigious Cannes Film Festival to grace the occasion of Naseer’s film, ‘Manthan.’

During a media interaction, Ratna was asked to list the things she loves, hates, and tolerates about her husband. Surprisingly, the actress didn’t hesitate to list out the three things about her husband.

Giving an interview with a media house, Ratna stated that she loves her husband’s deep involvement with acting. And it’s also the sole thing that she loves, hates, and tolerates of him.

But, she said that it’s mostly love for her husband’s deep involvement with acting because it’s his special feature.

Adding further, she states that Naseer never gets bothered by anything else during a film shooting but only by his performance. She admires this unique ability of his and has not seen this aspect in any other actors. But, she also says that it’s quite a hard habit to live with as well.

A glimpse into the life of Ratna Pathak Shah and Naseeruddin Shah

The couple has been married for 42 years now and their first meeting happened in 1975 during Satyadev Dubey’s play, ‘Sambhog Se Sanyas Tak’. Incidentally, during the rehearsal of this play, they happened to bump into each other and that’s where their wonderful love story started to bloom.

Even Naseeruddin Shah has accepted the fact that great romances always take place in the world of theatre.

There is another story of how the couple met up. Their first interaction with each other was at a juice stall outside Mumbai’s National College. Although Naseer was completely smitten with Ratna, she did not accept his advances quickly.

However, their bond and connection deepened during the rehearsal of the play and Ratna finally accepted Naseer’s love. In a humorous take, Ratna clearly stated that the play ‘Sambhog Se Sanyas Tak’ aptly describes their love story.

Dating each other for six years, the couple got married in 1982. This is Naseer’s second marriage, as he was married previously to Manara Sikri aka Parveen Murad. From this marriage, Naseer has a daughter named Heeba Shah.

With Ratna, he has two sons, Vivaan and Imaad Shah. Vivaan has also become a Bollywood actor and has worked in films such as 7 Khoon Maaf, Happy New Year etc.

During the interview, Ratna also highlighted the changes that have taken place in the film industry since the 1970s. She says,

Much more professionalism, much less hierarchy. That’s one thing I am very happy with. There’s less hierarchy visible on a set. Crew and cast are not two completely watertight compartments anymore. There’s much crossover.

Some more details about the couple

Talking about the actress, Ratna made her debut with Shyam Benegal’s Mandi. Since then, she has appeared in various films and television shows as well. Some of her more memorable films are Kapoor & Sons, Jaane Tu Yaa Jaane Naa, Golmaal 3, Ekk Main Aur Ekk Tu, Khoobsurat, Lipstick Under My Burkha and others.

She is much-loved for her role as Maya Sarabhai from the popular comedy sitcom Sarabhai Vs Sarabhai.

The show even had a revamp in 2017 and fans were delighted to see all of their favourite characters back in action for the second time.

While the show retained its original 2006 cast, it also added some new faces to make things more intriguing and comic for the audiences.

Now fans have been awaiting a third season for a long time, but Deven Bhojani has recently stated that the show will not have a third season.

Ratna Pathak Shah is always considered a very lovable character whether it be Bollywood or television.

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