Having debuted on screen in 1975 with Shyam Benegal's 'Nishaant', Naseer became one of the most important actors of the Indian parallel cinema with movies such as 'Sparsh', 'Mirch Masala', 'Albert Pinto Ko Gussa Kyon Ata Hai', 'Trikal', 'Bhavni Bhavai', 'Junoon', 'Mandi', 'Mohan Joshi Hazir Ho!', 'Paar' and 'Jaane Bhi Do Yaaron'. In this decade, he has been part of many acclaimed movies such as 'Hey Ram', 'Monsoon Wedding', 'The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen', 'Maqbool', 'Krrish', 'Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na' and 'A Wednesday'.