World Library  
Flag as Inappropriate
Email this Article

Muhammed Ali Shah

Article Id: WHEBN0048080857
Reproduction Date:

Title: Muhammed Ali Shah  
Author: World Heritage Encyclopedia
Language: English
Subject: Naseeruddin Shah, Omar Ali-Shah, Idries Shah, 1979 births
Publisher: World Heritage Encyclopedia

Muhammed Ali Shah

Muhammed Ali Shah
Shah in 2015
Native name मुहम्मद अली शाह
Born Mohammed Ali Shah
(1979-09-23) 23 September 1979
Calcutta, India
Nationality Indian
Occupation Actor
Years active 2012–present
Religion Islam
Spouse(s) Kakul Fatima Shah
Relatives Lt. Gen. Zameer Uddin Shah (father)
Naseeruddin Shah (Uncle)

Muhammed Ali Shah (born 23 September 1979) also known as Major Mohommed Ali Shah[1][2] is an Indian theater personality, film actor and a social activist.[3][4] Shah is the son of Lt. Gen. Zameer Uddin Shah (PVSM, SM, VSM) Former Deputy Chief of The Army Staff, former member Armed Forces Tribunal and currently the Vice Chancellor of the Aligarh Muslim University. He is also the nephew of internationally acclaimed actor Naseeruddin Shah.[5]


  • Early life 1
  • Career 2
    • Army 2.1
    • Corporate career 2.2
    • Theatre 2.3
    • As an Actor 2.4
    • As a Director 2.5
    • Film career 2.6
  • Personal life 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5

Early life

Shah’s ancestors were the Nawabs Of Sardhana, a tehsil near Delhi. He did his schooling from Lawrence School, Lovedale. He graduated from Fergusson College, Pune. In 1999 Ali was crowned the coveted title of Mr. Pune Talent. During his student days in Pune Ali worked closely in several short films with the Film and Television Institute of India and the Symbiosis Institute of Mass communication. He started earning his own pocket money at the age of 18 by doing part-time jobs. After his graduation Ali moved to Delhi for a year where he did theater and also worked with “GE Capital International Services” now known as Genpact.[6]



Major Ali Shah joined the Short Service Commission. He trained at The Officers Training Academy at Chennai. As a young Lieutenant Ali was deployed with his regiment in the counter insurgency areas of Jammu & Kashmir at the Line of Control. He was promoted to the rank of Captain and was transferred on a very prestigious assignment as the ADC to a General Officer Commanding in the North East, where the GOC incidentally was his father.[7] Thereafter, he was promoted to the rank of a Major while posted with The Assam Rifles. Ali’s company won the Director General Assam Rifles banner for being the best in endurance. He was a Television Commentator for Doordarshan for The 4th CISM Military World Games held at Mumbai in 2007. He was awarded with a commendation card for going beyond the call of duty and for his exceptional and meritorious service to the Nation and had a rare honour to lead the Assam Rifles marching contingent at Rajpath New Delhi in 2008.[8]

Corporate career

After his stint in the Army, Ali went to the prestigious Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta to study management and was offered one of the top most placements on campus. He was last at a very senior managerial position with Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd before making his entry into films.


All this while Shah remained committed to his first love – Theatre, and was consistent with doing plays. In 2010, he was nominated as the best actor and the best director, during the inaugural of the International Theatre festival in India Short and Sweet. Ali has done professional theatre with thespians such as Naseeruddin Shah and Tom Alter apart from several other leading groups of the country

As an Actor

  • Cane Mutiny Court Martial
  • Ghalib
  • Ghalib ke Khutoot
  • Don’t Drink the Water
  • Hello Dolly
  • Ghost Diary
  • Abu Hassan pays his Debts
  • The Man who Came to Dinner
  • The Inspector General[9]

As a Director

Film career

In 2013, Ali[10] decided to step out of his comfort zone and say good bye to his secure cushy and comfortable regular 9 to 5 job and convert his dreams into reality. He moved to Mumbai after purchasing a humble abode of his own and made a humble start in the Indian film industry. He has acted in FTII alumnus, Sriram Raghavan’s film – “ Agent Vinod”, Vishal Bhardwaj’s cult film – ‘ Haider” and has recently completed shooting for National School Of Drama alumnus and National award winning director Tigmanshu Dhulia’s latest film – “ Yaara”. Incidentally and interestingly both Vishal Bhardwaj and Tigmanshu Dhulia are National Film Award winners. He has acted in a film based on a noted shaiyar – “ Majaz Lucknawi”. He has played the protagonist in several films which have done exceptionally well at various international film festivals and won him a lot of critical acclaim as a true and an honest artiste. He has featured in an advertisement for Caratlane made by acclaimed director Sabal Singh Shekhawat.[11]

Personal life

Ali completed his Short Service Commission stint from the Army in 2008 and married his childhood friend Kakul Fatima Shah the same year, who is doing her PHD from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. His sister Saira Shah Halim is a social activist from Calcutta, whose father in law has a special mention in the Limca book of records for being the longest serving speaker of the West Bengal assembly for 29 years, Mr. Hashim Abdul Halim, who was also the first Indian to be elected as the chairperson of the common wealth parliamentary association. In 2012, Ali took up a cause and fought bravely against a private airline’s gross misconduct and proved a point that customers are well aware of their rights, for which Ali was applauded and appreciated from all quarters.[12][13][14]


  1. ^ Kashish (19 July 2012). They used my religion against me': Ex-Army Major accuses SpiceJet"'". 
  2. ^ Mohammad Ali Shah: Latest News, Videos and Mohammad Ali Shah Photos | Times of India
  3. ^ "Meet Bollywood new comer 'Major Mohammad Ali Shah -". 
  4. ^ Meeting Recording: Dr. Afshan Hashmi is in conversation with artist Mohammad Ali Shah | AnyMeeting - The Completely Free Web Conferencing and Meeting Service
  5. ^ "SpiceJet in dock after communal slur on ex-Major". Mail Online. 
  6. ^ "parade.avi". Google Drive. 
  7. ^ "Article view". 
  8. ^ "Major Mohammad Ali Shah". Firstpost. 
  9. ^ Aalami Samay (Ek Mulaqat ) Mohd Ali Shah by Khalid Raza Khan 16/05/2015. YouTube. 17 May 2015. 
  10. ^ "Major Mohammad Ali Shah in AMU Tarana". 
  11. ^ Dr Afshan Hashmi is in conversation with artist Mohammad Ali Shah(Bollywood's New Major Saheb). YouTube. 17 September 2014. 
  12. ^ Kashish (18 July 2012). India's minorities still facing prejudice"'". 
  13. ^ "". 
  14. ^ "major mohammad ali shah : latest news, information, pictures, articles". 

External links

This article was sourced from Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License; additional terms may apply. World Heritage Encyclopedia content is assembled from numerous content providers, Open Access Publishing, and in compliance with The Fair Access to Science and Technology Research Act (FASTR), Wikimedia Foundation, Inc., Public Library of Science, The Encyclopedia of Life, Open Book Publishers (OBP), PubMed, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Center for Biotechnology Information, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health (NIH), U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, and, which sources content from all federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial government publication portals (.gov, .mil, .edu). Funding for and content contributors is made possible from the U.S. Congress, E-Government Act of 2002.
Crowd sourced content that is contributed to World Heritage Encyclopedia is peer reviewed and edited by our editorial staff to ensure quality scholarly research articles.
By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. World Heritage Encyclopedia™ is a registered trademark of the World Public Library Association, a non-profit organization.

Copyright © World Library Foundation. All rights reserved. eBooks from World eBook Library are sponsored by the World Library Foundation,
a 501c(4) Member's Support Non-Profit Organization, and is NOT affiliated with any governmental agency or department.