Actor Naseeruddin Shah will receive the Dubai Intl. Film Festival’s lifetime achievement award .

Appearing in over 200 films throughout the span of a four-decade acting career, Shah has dabbled in both the Hollywood and Bollywood film industries.  His achievements include three National Film Awards, three Filmfare Awards and Venice Film Festival’s best actor award.  Additional accolades include the Padma Shri and Padma Bhusran awards for Shah’s contributions to Indian cinema.

“Naseeruddin Shah has been a fixture of cinema in India and around the world for a staggering period of time. Few actors ever get the chance to make an impact with their art, and the longevity of his career is a testament to his versatility, and enduring class and talent,” said DIFF chairman Abdulhamid Juma.

Shah’s latest film “Waiting,” which was directed by Anu Menon, premieres at DIFF on Dec. 11.

On the cusp of the film’s 40th anniversary, DIFF  will also pay tribute to Steven Spielberg’s “Jaws” on Dec. 12 with a complimentary beachfront screening of the cinematic classic.  Credited as one of film’s first blockbusters, “Jaws” holds the legacy as Spielberg’s breakthrough film and has continued to reign as an influential work in motion picture history since its 1975 release.

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“Jaws” actor Richard Dreyfuss is scheduled to be in attendance at the screening.

The 12th DIFF runs Dec. 9-16.