Veteran actor Naseeruddin Shah believes that most epic Bollywood characters became successful not only because of an actor's efforts, but also because they were well-written.
"I admire writers, and in my profession also I believe that a writer's contribution is most important. Whichever performance by any actor has been admired, it has been because those roles or scenes were well-written," the 62-year-old said here Tuesday at the launch of doctor-author Satyen Nabar's debut novel "A Bolt Of Lightning".
"That's why only actors don't deserve all the credit. Writing is a tough job. To write comprehensively and entertainingly is a big task," he added.
Naseer also recalled a time when famous writer Gulzar was going through a tough phase but his writing helped him sail through troubled waters.
"Gulzar bhai told me once that when he was going through a tough time, when his films were failing, he had no reason to go to his office. But he said, 'I went there every morning, industriously, from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and he sat and wrote. 'I don't know what I wrote, most of that I have tossed away but that writing regularly kept him sane.' These are Gulzar bhai's own words," said Naseeruddin.
He was recently seen in the role of a police officer in "Maximum."