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An open letter to Naseeruddin Shah

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Suniel Parihar
Suniel Pariharhttp://sunielparihar.com
Suniel Parihar is an Indian Army veteran and a Positive Psychology Practitioner. A published author, he has written three books viz. India's Spy Agencies : Shaken Not Stirred , 70 Years of India's Independence ( coauthored) , and Heal Yourself to Happiness. When he is not writing, Suniel spends most of his time reading, cooking , meditating and being one with nature.

Dear Naseer Bhaijaan,

I am an ardent fan of yours since your early days in Hindi cinema. What a talented actor you are ! Despite your average looks , you have managed to find a place amongst the top actors in the film industry. Unfortunately, because of your plain looks you couldn’t really establish yourself as a mainstream romantic hero and failed to achieve super star status.

Just too bad. But, you managed to create your own niche, so why be jealous of the all time romantic superstar Rajesh Khanna? Jealousy being a negative emotion isn’t good for health and being your fan I am concerned about your well being, hence the unsolicited advice.

It’s sad that a highly talented actor like you is not getting any worthwhile roles in films of late. Please rest assured it’s Bollywood’s loss and not yours. They are missing out on your proven talent while signing mediocre actors because of nepotism or whatever. But you have achieved so much in your career, which very few in the industry have. So enjoy your success rather than making stupid comments to remain in the limelight. You don’t get it? Okay, like saying things such as “I will not watch The Kerala Story because films like that are setting a dangerous trend”. Or words to that effect. My dear, if you haven’t seen the movie, how can you condemn it? I personally have no issues with that but then I hate it when people say you make comments like these after smoking weed.

And you must try and rein in Bhabhijaan as well. She too has become a loose canon these days, and as such contributing to your unpopularity. That reminds me, sometime around 1993, while doing an army course in Pune, putting my course assignment on hold I went to see your play Othello in the open air. Bhabijaan was managing the lights. You of course were your usual best but she too did a great job with the lighting. Needless to say, am a big fan of her’s too. I specially liked her in Sarabhai versus Sarabhai. She did full justice to her role of a snob.

Cutting it short due to the constraints of time and space, I wonder why can’t you be like your brother and my brother officer Lt Gen Zameer Uddin Shah? He generally keeps quiet and makes no nonsensical comments.

Bhaijaan, I can go on and on but I am sure you get the drift. Please enjoy your sunset days in peace and avoid making pointless and uncalled for comments on issues that you don’t understand.

Have a great life ahead.

Your ardent fan and well-wisher,

Suniel Parihar

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Suniel Parihar
Suniel Pariharhttp://sunielparihar.com
Suniel Parihar is an Indian Army veteran and a Positive Psychology Practitioner. A published author, he has written three books viz. India's Spy Agencies : Shaken Not Stirred , 70 Years of India's Independence ( coauthored) , and Heal Yourself to Happiness. When he is not writing, Suniel spends most of his time reading, cooking , meditating and being one with nature.
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