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This article is about the Tamil actor Nassar. For the former Egyptian president, see Gamal Abdel Nasser. For the former CEO of Ford Motor Company, see Jacques Nasser.
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Nassar circa 2010
Born (1958-03-05) 5 March 1958 (age 56)
Chengalpattu, Kanchipuram, Tamil Nadu, India
Residence Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
Occupation Film actor
Film director
Years active 1985–present
Spouse(s) Kameela
Children Faizal

Nassar (also spelled Nasser, Naasar or Nazar) is an Indian film actor, director and producer, who mainly works in the South Indian film industry.

Personal life[edit]

Nassar was born on 5 March 1958 to Mehaboob Basha and Mumtaz Begum as Mehaboob Nasser, in an interior village called Meylerippakkam, in Chengalpattu district, Tamil Nadu. He studied in St. Joseph's Higher Secondary School. He moved to Chennai (then Madras) after school, where he finished his pre-degree at Madras Christian College. At Madras Christian College, he was an active member of the Dramatic Society. Later for a brief time, he was 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. [1][2][3][4][5]

Nassar is married to Kameela and they have three sons. The eldest, Abdul Asan Faizal was initially reported to be making his acting debut in a film to be produced by T. Siva, but eventually did not do so.[6] In 2014, he was involved in a serious road accident but recovered after being critically injured.[7] Their second son, Luthfudeen Baasha, made his acting debut in A. L. Vijay's Saivam (2014) portraying the grandson of the character played by Nassar.[8] Meanwhile their third son, Abi Mehdhi Hassan, featured in the leading role of Nassar's independent film Sun Sun Thatha (2012).[9]


Nassar made his acting debut in K. Balachander's Kalyana Agathigal (1985) portraying a secondary supporting role, before moving on to play villainous roles in S. P. Muthuraman's Velaikaran (1987) and Vanna Kanavugal. He played the protagonist in Yuhi Sethu's critically acclaimed Kavithai Paada Neramillai, though his breakthrough role came through his performance as a police officer in Mani Ratnam's award-winning venture, Nayakan. He subsequently became a regular in Mani Ratnam and Kamal Haasan's ventures, notably appearing in pivotal character roles in Roja, Thevar Magan (1992), Bombay (1994) and Kuruthipunal (1995).

Nassar made his directorial debut with Avatharam (1995), a film based on the backdrop of a folk art troupe. Starring Revathi as his co-star, Nassar revealed that the idea had come to him as a result of his childhood memories of watching theru koothu being performed on the streets alongside his father. The film won critical acclaim, but failed to become a commercially successful venture.[10] Soon afterwards, he made Devathai (1997), claiming he remembered a story he had first heard as a child, which became the "creative seed for this film", talking about how he picked to make a story on reincarnation.[10] The film opened to predominantly positive reviews, with critics praising its off-beat theme. cited that "don't miss the first 30–45 minutes of the movie. Excellent special effects, editing and direction makes this movie worth watching", while it was added that the reviewer "felt that Nasser gave an exceptionally good performance".[11] The film became a financial failure for Nassar, prompting the actor to sign many films in a rush to pay off his debts. The actor revealed that his immediate busy schedule had subsequently cost him a role in Aamir Khan's critically acclaimed Lagaan (2001).[12] He subsequently continued to work in critically acclaimed films in the late 1990s, portraying a blind musician in Rajiv Menon's Minsara Kanavu (1997), a political leader in Mani Ratnam's Iruvar (1997) and a pair of separated twins in S. Shankar's blockbuster Jeans (1997).

Selected filmography[edit]


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