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Born March 5, 1958 (1958-03-05) (age 52)
Chingleput, Tamil Nadu, India India

Nassar (Tamil: நாசர்) (also spelled Nasser, Naasar or Nazar) is a Tamil actor, producer, writer, director, lyricist, and singer.

He has appeared in Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, Kannada, Hindi and English films. He is often cited as part of India's specialist character actors, along with the likes of Naseeruddin Shah, Om Puri and Nana Patekar. He is proficient in Urdu, English, Hindi, Arabic, Tamil, Telugu, Kannada and Malayalam. Nassar is married to Kameela and they have three sons.[1][2][3][4][5][6]



Nassar was born on 5 March 1956 as Muhammad Hanif, in an interior village called Naththam, in Chengalpattu district, Tamilnadu. He studied in St. Joseph's Higher Secondary School (Chengalpattu). He moved to Chennai (then Madras) after school, where he obtained a B.Sc degree in Botany at Madras Christian College. At Madras Christian College, he was the president of the Dramatic Society.

Muhammad Hanif changed his name to Nasser after his idol- the Egyptian President Gamel Abdel Nasser. The change was made official in 1976.

Early acting career

Despite his experience in acting in school where he was a popular actor and his experience as President of the Dramatic Society in Christian College, he failed to get a proper acting role in any movie for some time. He worked during this time as a tailor's apprentice, salesman and waiter to supplement his meagre income. He also acted in a few low budget dramas to earn a living. During this time he visited several studios and directors looking for a break.

His first movie was Etho Oru Oorula where he played the role of the villainous cousin of the hero Chandrashekar. He began to slowly appear in a number of films, mostly in negative roles, in the early and middle 80s. Though until the early 90s Nasser played almost only negative roles, he matured to supporting and character roles and comedy roles later and today is better known for his supporting roles.



As actor

As director

  • Popcorn (2003)
  • Maayan (2001)
  • Devathai (1997)
  • Avathaaram (1995)


  • Best Actor award for his role in the film Aavaaram Poo
  • Best Villain award for his role in the film Thamizh
  • Best Supporting Actor award for his role in the film Em Magan
  • Tamil nadu Government's Kalaimamani Award
  • Andhra Pradesh Government's Nandi Award (Best Villain award) for his role in the film Chanti


  • The South Indian Actors Association has conferred on him the title Kalaichelvan


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