Nassar in 2010
|President for Nadigar Sangam|
|Vice President||Karunas, Ponvannan|
|Preceded by||R. Sarath Kumar|
5 March 1958 |
Chengalpattu, Tamil Nadu, India
|Residence||Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India|
|Occupation||Film actor, producer, director|
Early life and education
Nassar was born on 5 March 1958 to Mehaboob Basha and Mumtaz in Tamil Nadu, India. He studied in St. Joseph's Higher Secondary School (Chengalpattu). He moved to Chennai (then Madras) after school, where he finished his pre-university at Madras Christian College. At Madras Christian College, he was an active member of the Dramatic Society. Later for a brief 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 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. 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" about reincarnation. He stated that his immediate busy schedule had subsequently cost him a role in Aamir Khan's Lagaan (2001). He subsequently continued to work in 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 Jeans (1998). Nassar's role in Baahubali 2 as Bijjaladeva is one of his masterpieces. 
Nassar is married to Kameela and they have three sons. The eldest Noorul Hassan Faizal studied game designing in Malaysia. He has designed games for the Film "Saivam'" In 2014, he was involved in a serious road accident but recovered after being critically injured. 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. Their third son Abi Mehdhi Hassan featured in Nassar's independent film Sun Sun Thatha (2012). He received training in acting from BOFTA. He is a Gold Medalist in Acting.
- "Nadigar Sangam elections 2015 : Results". Telangananewspaper.com. Retrieved 2015-10-19.
- "Nasser: a one-man industry". The Hindu. 2006-02-23. Retrieved 2015-10-19.
- "Nasser fearless and forthright". The Hindu. 2004-09-10. Retrieved 2015-10-19. C1 control character in
|title=at position 8 (help)
- "Mr. Versatile". The Hindu. 2009-03-13. Retrieved 2015-10-19.
- "Reviving an old connection". The Hindu. 2009-09-01. Retrieved 2015-10-19.
- "A perfectionist to the core". The Hindu. 2007-08-04. Retrieved 2015-10-19.
- "Rediff On The Net, Movies: An interview with Tamil actor-director Nasser". Rediff.com. 1997-09-01. Retrieved 2015-10-19.
- "rediff.com, Movies: The Nasser Interview". Rediff.com. 2002-01-10. Retrieved 2015-10-19.
- Nassar in Baahubali
- "Actor's son makes his debut - Behindwoods.com - Tamil Movies News - Nasser Shiva Mariyadhai". Behindwoods.com. Retrieved 2015-10-19.
- "Nasser's son recovers following road accident - The Times of India". Timesofindia.indiatimes.com. 2014-05-24. Retrieved 2015-10-19.
- "Actor Nassar`s son to make his debut". Sify.com. 2014-01-28. Retrieved 2015-10-19.
- "Nassar directs, son debuts - The Times of India". Timesofindia.indiatimes.com. 2012-11-10. Retrieved 2015-10-19.