I don't repeat characters: Nawazuddin Siddiqui
The actor talks about Babumoshai Bandookbaaz, Manto and more
There has been no movie of his, where he did not make us have goosebumps with his realistic acting skills. A charmer of his own kind, Nawazuddin Siddiqui has emerged as a thinking man’s actor, diverting us from the run-on-the-mill cinemas and deconstructing acting and redefining actors at large. Babumoshai Bandookbaaz, which is going to release on August 25 is just a proof that this man is not afraid of experimenting and trying to explore his own acting potential. “I think the audience is ready to accept experiments,” he says in his demure style, relishing some authentic Hyderabadi dishes like Paya, Biryani, kebabs, Qurbani ka meetha and more at Almas Palace in Jubilee hills.
“We will have to take scripts from the Censor board itself if we start keeping their perspective in mind while doing movies. The director will have his own sensibilities and we should accept that point. I am hoping Prasoon Joshi, who is a reasonable and self-aware man will do justice to his new role. He is a genius in every aspect of creativity,” The Badlapur bad boy anticipates.
Nawaz says his next film on Urdu writer, Sadat Hasan Manto is really close to his heart, for he is an ardent fan of his poems. “It will first go to the festival and probably next year, it will hit the theatres,” he shares. “He was such a daring writer. He has written on hypocrisy and such hard-hitting subjects,” smiles Nawaz, who handles failures and bad days, just like the way he handles his success.
Speaking about life changing moments, he says 2012, which had Gangs of Wasseypur, Talaash and Kahaani got him all the attention he deserved. “I got 166 scripts after GOW. I didn’t sign any of them. I am aware that if I had signed those films, I wouldn’t have been sitting here and giving an interview,” he laughs.
Nawaz strongly believes in not repeating the characters he does and also doesn’t enjoy doing the stereotypical movies, which has a hero, heroine, love story, a small twist and a happy ending. “Heroes in every movie are the same. They look good, they are articulate and dance well and the heroines are crazy about him and act as if he is the only man alive. We have been watching this for 60 years now,” he says firmly.
Talking about his character in his next, Babumoshai..., Nawaz says the hero breaks all norms and is not the ‘sarvagun sampan’ like other heroes. “I am sure people might even shower some abuses at him when they are watching the movie. He is weird and uses women like objects. At the same time, he unconsciously promotes the best quality in women. He has an unusual humour and lacks moral or social values. I want to see how people are going to look at this character,” he concludes and leaves the restaurant.