Ratna Pathak Describes Life With Naseeruddin As ‘Sambhog Se Sanyaas Tak’

Ratna Pathak Shah has spoken about her relationship with her husband, Naseeruddin Shah, and how it has developed over the years. The two began their career with the theater and have been married for 39 years.

Ratna and Naseeruddin shared the stage for the first time in the play, Sambhog Se Sanyaas Tak, and the former joke that it is their real-life story.

“We fell in love and have been inseparable ever since. The first theatre play we did together was titled Sambhog Se Sanyaas Tak, and that is the story of our life. Bas sanyaas lena baaki hai (now only renunciation remains),” the actor said.

She added, “It’s a relationship, which has been very useful. It is a relationship of equals, of friends, which has been a blessing for us. We became very good friends and stayed very good friends.”

Ratna claimed that she was very lazy and that it was Naseeruddin who inspired her to work harder. She said, “Everything. His ability to work hard above all. He is an extraordinarily hard-working actor, which inspires and pushes me to do better. I am very lazy. Itni hardworking nahi hu (I am not that hardworking). Toh Naseer ki dekha dekhi mein, mujhe bhi mehnat karni hi padti hai (So just like Naseer, I also have to work hard).”

Ratna will now star alongside Paresh Rawal in Abhishek Jain’s “Hum Do Hamare Do”. Which stars Rajkummar Rao and Kriti Sanon as the main couple. The film is scheduled to be available for broadcast on October 29 on Disney + Hotstar. Rajkummar plays the role of an orphan who “adopted” his parents, played by actors Paresh Rawal and Ratna Pathak Shah, to marry the love (Kriti Sanon) of his life.

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Calling them an inspiration, Rajkummar said, “It has been decades for Paresh sir and Ratna ma’am doing what they do every day. I saw them come with the same passion and fire. I loved that about them. They were so deeply involved with the film. I observed how they would make a scene, which was already great on paper, and take it forward to an even better level. It was fascinating and so inspiring.”

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