Real/Other Names:: Nasser Muhammad,Nazar
Date of Birth:: March 05, 1958(Age-52)
Place of Birth:: Naththam, Chengelput, Tamilnadu
Family and Relations
Father: Mehaboob Pasha
Son(s): Faizel, Ludputin, Abi
With his experience as drama writer and actor, he started seekingchances to act in films, but he was not successful. Hunger forced himto suffer and at one point, he joined the catering department of Taj Coromandel Hotel, Chennai.While he was trying for chances in cinema, he also wrote stories andpoems and sent them to newspapers and magazines. Some of them werepublished.
Nassar joined the Film Institute in Chennai, in the year 1982-83,and received his diploma in acting. Prior to this, he also underwenttraining in acting at the Acting Training Centre, affiliated to SouthIndian Film Chamber, Chennai. His efforts started bearing results whenhe was introduced as an actor in K. Balachander's film KalyanaAgathigal'.His full name then was Nasser Muhammad. He entered the filmindustry in 1985. He has acted in about 300 films, which include Tamil,Telugu, Malayalam, Kannada, Hindi and English language films. He alsobecame popular in TV serials.
The telefilm Kaattuppookkal, directed by Mahendran, and theother one titled "Panagaadu", directed by Senathibathi elevated hispopularity as an actor. TV serials like Neela Mala, Chiththirappaavai, Vaana Veethi and Avalukkentru Oru Idamalso earned him a good name. Nassar says that Mahendran is one of hisfavourites among film directors. In 1995, Nassar acted in and alsodirected the film "Avatharam". In 1997, he acted in as well as directedthe film "Devathai".
Claim to Fame: Mayandi Thevar in Devar Magan
Theatre faces introduced by him :Pasupathi, Kumaravel, Bala Singh
Player - Dhanraj Pillai
Movies - Kuruthippunal, Avatharam, Avaram Poo, Bombay, and Ghazhal (in Malayalam)
Director - Mahendran
His understanding of film making:Any accepted film theory will gomeaningless in Tamil film industry. It is both the strength andweakness. We have our own grammar. If the filmmaker is conscious anddeliberate in what he is doing then it can be termed as progress. If itis without his knowledge then it might lead to confusion
Believes in :Formal training and systematic approach
He has conducted a workshop in acting at Singapore and Malaysia.
He has acted in Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, Kannada, Hindi and English language films.
He has done TV serials also.
Before he entered into the Film industry he wrote poems and short stories which was published in few magazines.
He is a voracious reader.
He has coducted workshops for the institutions teaching filmmaking and visual communication.
He is directing a short film in Malay language which features himself and his third son.
He has given his voice for about eight stories of the audiocassette of `Karadi Tales'.
In Guru film, he dubbed voice for Mithun chakkraborthy in Tamil.
He is apopular TV artist.
Adavu', Centre forTamil Arts which trains people in various subjects including folk arts,story telling, research and docu-film making.