Nassar (also spelled Nasser, Naasar or Nazar) is an Indian actor, producer, writer, director, lyricist, and singer from Chengalpattu, a suburb of Chennai. He appears predominantly in Tamil cinema. 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. He is the founder of 'Adavu', Centre for Tamil Arts which trains people in various subjects including folk arts, story telling, research and docu-film making.