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This article is about the South Indian film 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 Mehaboob Nasser
(1958-03-05) 5 March 1958 (age 57)
Chengalpattu, Tamil Nadu, India
Residence Valasaravakkam, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
Occupation Film actor
Film director
Years active 1985–present
Spouse(s) Kameela
Children 3

Nassar (also spelled Nasser, Naasar or Nazar) (born Mehaboob Nassar) is an Indian film actor, director and producer, known for his works in the South Indian film industry, and few bollywood films. He has received six Tamil Nadu State Film Awards.

Personal life[edit]

Nassar was born on 5 March 1958 to Mehaboob Basha and Mumtaz Begum as Mehaboob Nasser, in Chengalpattu, Tamil Nadu. He studied in St. Joseph's Higher Secondary School, Chengalpattu. He moved to Chennai (then Madras) after school, where he finished his pre-degree at SIVET College at Gowrivakkam. Later for a brief time, he was in the Indian Air Force. He also worked in Hotel Taj corramandel in chennai. His friend would take him on the bike to flim directors houses. His friend remembers him running behind directors on the road and performing in front of them. He was 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.[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 Kavithai Paada Neramillai, though his breakthrough role came through his performance as a police officer in Mani Ratnam's Nayakan. He subsequently became a regular in Mani Ratnam and Kamal Haasan's ventures, 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 stated 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), stating 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] In the late 1990s, he portrayed 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 Jeans (1997).

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