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DIFF to honor legendary actor Shah – Festival to pay tribute to Spielberg’s Jaws

Naseeruddin Shah
Naseeruddin Shah

DUBAI, Nov 29: The 12th edition of the Dubai International Film Festival is honored to present the legendary actor Naseeruddin Shah with its prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award. Shah has appeared in over 200 films in a remarkable and diverse career spanning 40 years.

Chairman of the Dubai International Film Festival Abdulhamid Juma, commented on the career and legacy of the honoree saying; “Naseeruddin Shah has been a fixture of cinema in India and around the world for a staggering period of time. Few actors ever get the chance to make an impact with their art, and the longevity of his career is a testament to his versatility, and enduring class and talent. It is an absolute pleasure to welcome Naseerudd into DIFF and to pay tribute to a colossal volume of high quality work with our Lifetime Achievement Award.”

After studying in the National Drama School, Delhi, Naseeruddin Shah debuted in the film ‘ishant’ (1975). Shah became a prominent figure in the ‘Parallel Cinema’ movement – a reaction to the mainstream Bollywood fair, the films under the umbrella of ‘Parellel’ championed realism, naturalism and serious content that reflected the sociopolitical climate of the times. Shah’s prominence in the ‘arthouse cinema’ of India earned him critical acclaim for films like ‘Sparsh’, ‘Paar’, ‘’Aakrosh’ and ‘Chakra’ and commercial success followed, with roles in some of the biggest films in Indian cinema to his name.

In a diverse career that has straddled Bollywood and Hollywood, in which he has played the most downtrodden members of Indian society in ‘Paar’, a family patriarch in ‘Monsoon Wedding’ to ‘Captain Nemo’ in the blockbuster ‘The League of Extraordinary Gentleman’. As an acknowledgement of his achievements, the legendary actor has over 20 nominations and 6 wins at national awards beginning in 1975. He is also a winner of the coveted Best Actor Award at Venice Film Festival, which he earned for his performance in 1984’s ‘Paar’.


A winner of both the Padma Shri and Padma Bhusran awards, in 1987 and 2003 respectively, for contributions to Indian cinema, his three wins at the National Film Awards over a 25 year period signifies the enduring quality of Naseeruddin Shah.

Naseeruddin Shah said: “I always enjoy coming to Dubai and I am looking forward to interacting with the Indian and Pakistani audiences during my stay. I am also grateful for the honour being bestowed on me at the Dubai International Film Festival.”

Nasseruddin Shah’s latest film ‘Waiting’, a poignant drama also starring Kalki Koechlin and directed by acclaimed filmmaker Anu Menon will have its world premiere at DIFF on Friday, 11th November in the Madinat Theatre.

DIFF will also pay tribute to Academy Award winning director Steven Spielberg’s Jaws, one of the truly great and lasting classics of American cinema as it marks its 40th year anniversary. The special complimentary presentation screening will be hosted at The Beach, opposite JBR and attended by the legendary actor Richard Dreyfuss.

Abdulhamid Juma, Chairman of the Dubai International Film Festival, said: “I am delighted that we can host such a special event in the company of the screen icon Richard Dreyfuss. ‘Jaws’ has enthralled countless people over the last four decades.  It has many truly memorable screen moments which, helped propel Steven Spielberg, Richard Dreyfuss and many of those involved with the film’s production to the exalted status of Hollywood legends. What a privilege it will be for those present to watch one of the most enduring cinema classics alongside one of the finest actors of his generation in, one of his most iconic roles.”

When the seaside community of Amity finds itself under attack by a dangerous great white shark, the town’s chief of police (Roy Scheider), a young marine biologist (Richard Dreyfuss) and a grizzled shark hunter (Robert Shaw) embark on a desperate quest to destroy the shark before it strikes again.


‘Jaws’, Stephen Spielberg’s breakthrough major motion picture, is credited with being one of the first ‘blockbusters’ and remains one of the most influential and gripping adventures in motion picture history.

Richard Dreyfuss commented: “I am delighted to be invited to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Jaws at The Dubai International Film Festival. In my career I’ve always been quietly proud of being associated with a movie that has lost none of its power, even 40 years later.”

Whether you’re seeing ‘Jaws’ for the first time or the fiftieth, everyone will enjoy watching the film down at The Beach, opposite JBR. You won’t want to miss this once in a lifetime experience on Saturday 12th December 2015 at 7pm.

For more information on the full schedule of THE BEACH screenings please visit www.diff.ae.

The 12th edition of DIFF will see films screened over eight days at the Madinat Jumeirah Arena, Madinat Theatre, Souk Madinat Jumeirah, VOX Cinemas, Mall of the Emirates and THE BEACH. Cinemagoers will be able to buy tickets from the DIFF box office, which is open online at www.dubaifilmfest.com. Tickets are also available from the box office at VOX Cinemas Mall of the Emirates, Madinat Theatre, Souk Madinat Jumeirah and Madinat Arena, Madinat Jumeirah from December 9th.Additional information is also available through the Festival’s dedicated customer care number, 363 FILM (3456).

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