Invigorating Zero to Hero story of Ex Army Major, now Actor-TEDx Speaker will inspire your soul

We are often told to never give up. We read failure is the first step to success but how many of us actually follow these learnings is questionable. Here, we have another real life example of Major Mohommed Ali Shah who turned a series of failures into monumental success.

In an online program called ‘Namaste Bharat with Chandrakanta’, where the host Chandrakanta conducts interviews of leading Indian personalities on her Facebook page, Major Ali has shared all about his life to leave us inspired to the core.


Major Ali, who is a nephew of Veteran actor Naseeruddin Shah, used to stammer and his friends made fun of him. He had failed in Class 10th and 11th in his school. Later he scored only 1 mark out of 100 in English exam. As he was passionate for acting since childhood, he took the entrance test of National School Drama, alongside his friend-actor Pankaj Tripathi. Major Ali once again received rejection at the hands of destiny. 

But, being the built of steel, he had learned to apply what most of us just read as life quotes and never adapt. Determined and stronger, he topped the Combined Defence services exam conducted by the UPSC and joined Indian Army as Lieutenant at the age of 21. In the Army, he worked extremely hard and fulfilled his dream of leading a regiment in front of the President on the Republic Day Parade.

Since acting was his passion since childhood, he quit Indian Army at the rank of Major. After returning, he joined the Indian Institute of Management Calcutta for a Post Graduate Diploma in Marketing post which he led MNCs at the mid-leadership roles. Lately, he joined Theatre, did modelling assignments and acted in several films.

His initial films were Bajrangi Bhaijaan, Haider, Vodka Diaries etc. As a lead and major supporting role, Yaara released in 2020 on Zee5 is his most prominent and loved film. In 2019, he was picked up by TEDx India for giving a series of motivational speeches across India. Seeing the massive love of audience for the Major, he was invited further for giving TEDx talks on international platforms.

Till date, he is the only Indian who has achieved the rare feat of giving maximum number of TEDx Talks. As a motivational speaker, he has impacted many lives. Presently he has started a Learning Academy where he conducts classes for life transformation.

Hasn’t his life been full of adventures which can actually be made into a film. We wish Major Mohommed Ali Shah the very best with all his endeavours.

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