Published in 2014, Shah’s biography spans his extraordinary journey from a feudal hamlet near Meerut, to Catholic schools in Nainital and Ajmer and finally to stage and film stardom in Mumbai.
Asked whether he would write a part two, Shah said, “That was to whet the readers appetite. I think I have said all that I had to say. Going beyond this point would mean talking about my marriage, children. I don’t feel like doing that. Nor do I feel like talking about movies one after another. It would be very boring. So, I dropped the idea of writing a part two.”
The 66-year-old A Wednesday actor says he has been wanting to write about the Hindi film industry for a long time as he feels the need to expose the “unreal place”.
“There is a lot of stuff I want to say about this industry of ours. It is a completely unreal place. These stories have to be told and I will tell them but I won’t lay anything on the line, I won’t stick my neck out,” he says. Shah, known for his strong performances in content-oriented films, says he is envious of actors like Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Manoj Bajpayee and Irrfan Khan as they are “so skilful”.
The Padma Bhushan awardee, who has films like Nishant, Aakrosh, Mandi and Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro to his credit, says that our country has a “fantastic crop of actors”.
“I am envious of them... Nawaz, Manoj Bajpayee, Irrfan Khan. They are so skilful. These actors... Arshad Warsi, Vijay Raaz are at par with the best actors in the world,”
The Finding Fanny actor, is busy promoting his forthcoming film Waiting which also stars Kalki Koechlin.