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GutterWoods IV - Award of Recognition - The Recipients

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M Nassar - A Brief Profile


Recognized for :
His Versatile Contribution to the Indian Film Industry.

In the Woods :
PUC : 1977-78
Hall : St. Thomas'
Active member of the Dramatic Society

Professional Profile :
Nassar is one of the most acclaimed actors in India. He is the current president of South Indian Actors Association. Nassar is well known for Thevar Magan (1992), Bombay (1995), Anbe Sivam (2003) and Nayakan (1987)...

For a short time, he worked in the Indian Air Force. He trained in two acting schools: the South Indian Film Chamber of Commerce's Film Institute and the Tamil Nadu Institute for Film and Television Technology.

Nassar made his acting debut in a K.Balachander movie in 1985 portraying a secondary supporting role, before moving on to play villainous roles. His breakthrough role came through his performance as a police officer in Nayakan (1987) and soon he became one of the most important actors in Indian cinema. He subsequently became a regular in Mani Ratnam and Kamal Haasan ventures.

He speaks fluent Hindi, Tamil, Urdu, English, Arabic, Telugu, Kannada and Malayalam. Changed his name from Muhammed Hanif to Nasser after his idol Egyptian President Gamal Abdel Nasser.

Nasser is married to Kameela and they have three sons.