Ali Nasirian; Professional Veteran (Portrait of an Actor)

Nearly seventy years of continuous artistic activity does not allow him to present a comprehensive portrait of a professional actor in a short article. Ali Nasirian is an actor from the generation of the first professional and scientific theater groups that were formed in Iran. Also, he was among the first group of actors who entered the picture frame after the establishment of Iran's national television. Although his entry into the cinema dates back to the late forties, the path he has always taken at the top makes it difficult to deal with this part of his career.

BingMag.com Ali Nasirian; Professional Veteran (Portrait of an Actor)

Nearly seventy years of continuous artistic activity does not allow him to present a comprehensive portrait of a professional actor in a short article. Ali Nasirian is an actor from the generation of the first professional and scientific theater groups that were formed in Iran. Also, he was among the first group of actors who entered the picture frame after the establishment of Iran's national television. Although his entry into the cinema dates back to the late forties, the path he has always taken at the top makes it difficult to deal with this part of his career.

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We want to talk about someone who, from the age of 16 and in the mid-20s, from the age of 16 in the mid-20s, in the years when watching theater and learning to act was only for a certain segment of society. The average family started from the lowest steps of the acting academy and reached a stage of acting and writing that received the first degree of artistic recognition and became one of the most prominent artistic figures of the last hundred years. Like any other artist, Nasirian's career is full of ups and downs, sometimes he was subjected to political changes in the country and sometimes the conditions of some projects took him to different directions. But the theme that can be seen in Ali Nasiryan's career in all these years is his constant effort to present a good game. Even in projects that were not very successful.

He has recently had two different experiences in the field of dramatic works, appearing in one of the episodes of the program "Mahmoni" and being in the cast of one of the loud musical theaters. These days it means "thirty hundred". For this reason, by examining the milestones of his career, we have had a glimpse of the professional path of this veteran actor.

Until entering the cinema

Ali Nasirian in 1948 and with the movie "Cow". " Made by Dariush Mehrjoui entered the cinema. Cinema was very popular in those days and was considered one of the main entertainments of all sections of the society. Therefore, entering the cinema brings every actor to the peak of his fame. But Nasirian started his career as a professional actor nearly two decades ago by entering Barbad society and Saadi Theater. From the 1930s onwards, he collaborated with a group called "National Art Group" and since then, he has been acting and writing in parallel. However, until the opening of Iran's national television, Nasirian's acting art was only seen by the affluent strata of the society through the plays that were performed in the tulip theaters of that time. Officially started to work, Ali Nasiryan along with many theater artists were employed by television. These theater groups used to perform the famous plays of the world literature live and after some time recorded, in front of the camera, and this process gave birth to teletheaters on Iranian television. Teletheaters were the most popular programs made on television in the late 1930s to early 1950s. The continuous presence of Ali Nasirian and his companions on television was such that, for example, they built nearly 16 teletheaters for television in just one year, 1339. In these works, Nasirian was usually a writer, actor or director. Ali Nasirian was one of the most productive employees of television until 1350, and this path made him distance himself from the stage theater and in 15 years, he performed in less than 10 theaters. But one of the most important events of this period for Nasirian was his progress in writing, to the point where he became one of the best playwrights of the 40s and 50s, and they even put him on par with prominent playwriting masters such as Akbar Radi and Abbas Javanmard. p>

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Getting to know Dariush Mehrjoui

In the mid-forties, a young director named Dariush Mehrjooi, who had just graduated in philosophy and returned to Iran, was looking for professional filmmaking. He made a film called "Diamond 33" which was not seen much in the competitive market of Persian films. But Mehrjooi wanted to look for a new form of cinema in Iran. So he went to Gholamhossein Saedi, one of the famous and different playwrights of the artistic community of those days, and they decided to turn the story of the movie "Cow" into a screenplay based on one of Saedi's short stories. He was looking for an actor when he realized that in 1344, a group on television turned this story into a teletheater. In 1948, Mehrjooi invited the same group to act in his film. This event opened the feet of actors like Ali Nasirian, Ezzatullah Tzamami, Jafar Vali, Khosro Shujazadeh, etc. to the cinema and became a turning point in the acting career of many of them. It was an arrangement that played the main role, but it made Nasirian and Mehrjooi get to know each other. An incident that inspired Mehrjoui to make the movie "Mr. Hollow" based on a play by Nasiryan a year later. It may be interesting that an actor has more than 70 years of artistic experience, but one of his first movie roles will become a name to identify him for a long time. Nasiryan, in the movie "Mr. Hollow" proved his acting skills to all cinema people in a very different way. A simple man who comes from the village to the city can have many situations to create comedy and drama, and Nasirian and Mehrjooi were able to create these situations well in front of the camera. The type of dialogues, facial expressions and the way Halo's character walks left him one of the most spectacular performances of this actor at the very beginning of his appearance in the cinema. Also, Nasirian received his first career path award for writing "Mr. Hollow" from Sepas Festival in 50.

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The fifties, along with the wave of Iranian cinema

After the two films "Cow" and "Mr. Hollow" and entering the fifties, Ali Nasirian almost abandoned theater and television and appeared in a few He appeared in the works of these two media. He had now become one of the popular actors of Dariush Mehrjoui and on the other hand, he was trying to appear in different works of Iranian cinema, which was famous for the new wave. Before the victory of the revolution, Nasirian accepted the offer to act in 5 films. Among them, the two films "Star Khan" directed by Ali Hatami and "Dayreh Mina" directed by Dariush Mehrjooi are the most prominent works of his acting period. "Star Khan" was one of the first historical films of Iranian cinema, which after years of being stuck in the form of Persian films, promised the attention of cinematographers to history. In terms of structure, this film is not a high-quality and significant work in Hatami and Nasiryan's career, but it showed more than anything else the different path that Nasiryan had taken in cinema, and on the other hand, it made Ali Hatami and this actor get to know each other, which happened in the following years. It marked an important point in the careers of both of them.

"Daireh Mina" was a social film with a sharp criticism of the issue of selling and transferring blood in Iran's health system in the mid-fifties. This film is one of the banned works of Pahlavi era, which was shown publicly after four years. Nasirian has a minor role in "Daireh Mina" and did not have much opportunity to act, but being in a high-profile work that was well received at the box office is one of the important events of his career. After this movie, he also played in "Saraydar" by Khasour Haritash and "Mehrgiah" by Fereydon Gole. Films that had different stories from most films and were mostly made in the social genre. These films are not only significant works in Nasirian's career, but they were not successful in the cinema. But anyway, he had tried to maintain the quality of his game in them. , return at the peak

After the victory of the Islamic Revolution, until the early sixties, the conditions of cinema, television and theater were not suitable for the return of actors. But slowly from the 60s onwards, works were made and old actors were invited to appear in them. Until 1962, Ali Nasirian appeared in 3 movies, most of which were based on the revolutionary feeling and attention to the villagers and their problems. Before 1962 and the approval of the hijab law in the Islamic Council and other laws related to the production of cinematographic works, Ali Nasiryan's last film was released in the style of family comedies before the revolution. This movie was called "Prize" and was made by Alireza Daudnejad. "The Prize" was sold well and Ali Nasiryan's acting modeled on Mr. Halo once again put his acting in the center of attention. There were different genres from comedy to drama and social. In these years, he appeared in three important and historical works on television, which was considered the beginning of cooperation with the Islamic Republic of Iran Television. This decade is one of the brightest years of this actor's artistic activity. The beginning of this period was marked by the lasting work of Ali Hatami, the movie "Kamaal-ul-Molk" for Ali Nasiryan. In this movie, he played the role of Muzaffaruddin Shah, the old and sick crown prince of Naseri court. Nasirian usually voiced his roles in the works he acted in, but in "Kamal al-Molk" Manouchehr Esmaili spoke for him. But Nasiryan's performance in the role of Muzaffaruddin Mirza is one of his enduring performances.

After this movie, Nasiryan returned to TV after nearly 10 years with the series "Sarbadaran". A historical series directed by Mohammad Ali Najafi, which was about the people's uprising against the Mongol rule in Iran. Ali Nasiryan's role in this series is so memorable that many people still remember his performance and the special tone he intended for this character. In this series, Nasirian played the role of Judge Sharia, the role of a politician and a hypocrite who needed special details in the performance, and Nasirian turned it into one of the high points of his career. The remarkable thing in Ali Nasiryan's career is that he avoided staying in one role and type and always went to a melodrama immediately after a drama role. This issue made him accept the offer of Mirza Nowruz right after Qazi Shariah and Muzaffaruddin Shah.

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The year 65 for Ali Nasiryan was accompanied by a lasting work in cinema. The first and only collaboration of this actor with Nasser Taqvai happened in the movie "Captain of the Sun". A negative role that was not similar in Ali Nasiryan's career until then, and he showed a new side of his acting with this role. Mr. Farhan is a mercenary man who does whatever it takes to please Captain Khurshid. Ali Nasiryan not being nominated for this role in the Fajr festival is one of the big questions that still remain unanswered after years. Of course, Nasiriyan himself was not very happy with this cooperation later and he did not cooperate with Nasser Taqwai anymore. In this year, Nasirian was offered another historical series called "Wolves". His role in this series was not very complicated and it was a very positive role. A righteous sage who is going to prepare people for an uprising. One of those anti-tyranny figures whose example we have seen many times. 7 movies appeared. The films that kept the professional career of this actor in the cinema on a steady line. Average works such as "Years of Ashes" by Mehdi Sabbaghzadeh, "Foreign Money" by Rakhshan Bani-e-Etemad and "Magnificent Day" by Kianoosh Ayari. Works in which Nasiryan played secondary or secondary roles in all of them, which cannot be given much attention in his career. However, the overall quality of the work never affected his acting style.

Perhaps the most important event of the sixties for Ali Nasiryan was acting in a work that took nearly a decade to make. "Hazardestan" by Ali Hatami. The production of this series started in 1958, and due to various reasons, from financial issues to audits, its production took until 1966. But with the start of "Hazardestan" airing on TV in 1967, this series received so much attention that television standards changed to a great extent. Ali Nasiryan was in charge of the character of Abul Fatah Sahaf, who with a shaved head was apparently working as a binder in a corner of the market, but in reality he is a symbol of a patriotic constitutionalist. A character taken from the imagination of the author who created it based on the real characters of Asadullah Khan Abolfathzadeh, Mirza Ibrahim Khan Manshizadeh and Mohammad Nazar Khan Meshkat Al Mamalek. These three people were actually the first members of the punishment committee. Nasiriyan's expression and voice were not lacking for the role of Abul Fatah, but Hatami decided to use Nasser Tahmasab's voice on this character and speak with a Turkish accent in the dubbing. Ali Nasirian should have played the role calmly and calmly, but at the same time, the struggle and patriotism of a true constitutionalist could be seen in his performance. The result of the work of the actor and stuntman together was very correct and Abolfath Sahaf was recorded as an unforgettable role in the career of Ali Nasirian.

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The end of this peak and unrepeatable era of Ali Nasirian was acting in the film of the young and talented director of those days, Ibrahim Hatamikia. The character of Uncle Ghafoor in the movie "The Smell of Yousef's Shirt" is one of those unforgettable characters in Ali Nasiryan's career, who proved once again that this actor, in his early sixties, is still as energetic and creative as he was in his thirties and forties. . The sequence of the pain and heartbreak of Ghafoor uncle with God in Zahra's paradise and his conversation with his son's grave is one of the most impressive sequences of films made about the families of warriors and martyrs. p>Ali Nasirian went to America in the mid-seventies and performed several plays in this country for some time. For this reason, he was not present in any works in Iran until the early eighties. After a few years, he returned to television with the series "Neighbors" produced by Mohammad Hossein Latifi. "Neighbors" was produced in the continuation of making family and apartment melodramas, which were very popular with television and the general audience in those years. Ali Nasirian was already in his mid-sixties, and this series and the role of a wise old man with a cold and hot taste in it, as if in addition to his return to work, it created a new trend in his acting career, which remained the same for years.

Until the mid-90s, despite the numerous works that were produced and aired in cinema and television with the presence of Ali Nasiryan, there was only one work that used all of his acting ability and Once again, after many years, he drew attention to the details of Nasiriyan's playing method. This TV series is the special series "Forbidden Fruit" by Hassan Fathi It was the year 86. A work that presented the story of Sheikh Sanan in a modern way. In this series, Nasiryan played the main role of a character named Haj Younes Fatuhi. A benevolent and trustworthy old man who is trapped in an old-fashioned love makes him undergo a personality transformation and loses everything from his social position to his property due to this blind love. Nasirian turned the role of Haj Younes into one of the most enduring characters of the last two decades on television, to the point where people called him by this name for a long time.

BingMag.com Ali Nasirian; Professional Veteran (Portrait of an Actor)

In the cinema, despite playing different roles such as the Jewish rabbi in "Saturday Hunter" or the fanatical Khan Ler in the comedy "Iran Burger", nothing special happened to this actor. He had become an aging actor who usually appeared on the sidelines of movies and series and was not in the center of attention. Actor on TV. Even though he had a different appearance in the series "Bradarjan" by Mohammad Reza Ahanj in 1997, but since television lost its acceptance among the general audience from the 90s onwards, this role of Nasiriyan was not seen much and maybe it is better that way. Let's say that Ali Nasiryan's acting case was closed until this moment at the end of the 80s on TV. It was, the page turned. Due to his past successful cooperation with Hassan Fathi, Nasirian once again trusted this director and for the first time set foot on the home show network. The "Shaherzad" series, which is still considered the most popular series produced in this media after many productions in this private media, was another high point in the career of this actor. Shahrazad" which was actually made with a look at the character of Don Corleone in the movie "The Godfather", created the atmosphere and conditions to prove Ali Nasirian's acting power to everyone. In front of him, he had a group of young and energetic actors such as Taraneh Alidousti, Mostafa Zamani, Parinaz Izdiyar, Shahab Hosseini, etc., who had to coordinate his acting rhythm with their roles. On the other hand, the character of the great man demanded a complex game that was a combination of authority, kindness and even strain in front of his only child. The first season of "Shaherzad" series was very successful and became a unique event in the field of serialization outside of television. But without a doubt, one of the main success factors of this series in the first season was the effective and perfect presence of Ali Nasiryan in it. The interesting thing is that from the second season, when this series was involved in financial problems and the story had a noticeable drop, Ali Nasirian refused to continue acting in it, and because of this, the character of Bozur Agha was killed at the end of the first season.

BingMag.com Ali Nasirian; Professional Veteran (Portrait of an Actor)

After "Shaherzad", it seems as if a new life was breathed into Ali Nasirian. In these last few years, he played two spectacular roles in the cinema and a remarkable theater. "Moon" is a different and noir film made by Homayoun Ghanizadeh in 2017, with Ali Nasirian's exaggerated make-up and acting, showing that he is still a suitable choice for roles that go beyond the usual structures of cinema. This role was also associated with an important event for Nasirian. Finally, after many years, he received the Crystal Simorgh of Fajr Film Festival. A prize that was long overdue, but one he was humbly delighted to receive. After this work, Ali Nasirian returned to the theater stage after many years at the invitation of Shahab Hosseini and played one of the main characters in the play "Ataraf". Structurally, this show did not have the expected quality, but Nasirian was considered one of its winning cards.

BingMag.com Ali Nasirian; Professional Veteran (Portrait of an Actor)

Nasirian's second different work in cinema is his performance in Majid Majidi's movie "Khorshid" in 2018. The role of an old criminal who has a barn in an abandoned place and wants to find an old treasure. In the movie "Khorshid", Nasiryan got out of the ironed pant suit he had been wearing for years and plays the entire movie in a pair of underwear and pyjamas. The design of the dress that he took help from and presents a character that we have rarely seen in his career. Also, this year, after a long time, he collaborated again with Dariush Mehrjoui in the movie "Laminor". But the movie had nothing but a period of Mehrjooi's old comrades with a weak story. In recent years, the distance between the works he does has increased due to his old age and the spread of Corona, but still his presence, even if it is short, can make a work more spectacular. Like his experience of being a guest in Iraj Tahmasab's "Party" series and his placement in front of the character of a child, which created a few memorable minutes.

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