Actor Nawazuddin Siddique recently shared some anecdotes from his struggling days, his upcoming project with Amitabh Bachchan and his to-be published memoir at the Spring Fever 2016, organized by the Penguin Random House. The session at the amphitheater at the India Habitat Center, also had writer-journalist Rituparna Chatterjee, who is co-authoring his memoir. The hour-long conversation was moderated by Poonam Saxena, Hindustan Times Brunch editor.
Mujhe zyada English mein baat karna toh nahi aata, bas yeh pata hain jo bolunga sach bolunga, was the opening line of actor Nawazuddin Siddique at the amphitheater. A huge number of audience present didn’t seem to care about the fact that Nawazuddin had problem conversing in English. What mattered to them was listening to the actor who has impressed them with his acting prowess. Here’s what Nawazuddin revealed at the session:
On Starting His Acting Journey
Nawazuddin also had a similar approach as any young man from a small town. He worked as a chemist in Vadodara. His was inspired to become an actor after watching a play and to fulfill one of the criteria for the admission at the National School of Drama (NSD); he had to act in over 10 plays with a group of friends. At the session, he admitted, “I got a cultural shock seeing a girl smoking at NSD.” But his major issue was dealing with two aspects- first was facing the pre-conceived notion that small town people had little chance of achieving success in B-town and second was that his looks were not good enough for him to become a lead actor. However, the actor continued performing whatever role came his way.
On Finally Playing The Lead Actor
His Bollywood journey started with a 2-minute role, which must have gone to 5-minutes in another film but then his big break of playing a lead actor came from a 5-hour and 20 minutes, critically acclaimed movie (Gangs of Wasseypur- Part 2). While some of the scenes in Gangs of Wasseypur were influenced by Nawazuddin’s real life, he said that he was not at all like the character, Faizal Khan-the gangster in the real life. “I need to normalize after playing such characters’.
On His Approach Towards Acting
Nawazuddin is one of the rarest successful faces in the commercially fine-tuned setup of the Bollywood industry, where privileged are those born in the pedigreed line. However, he added that the privileged line might get an easy launch but they also have to work hard thereafter. However, the 41-year old actor did admit that he has always worked on becoming a good actor and never longed for a star status. He quipped, “Anyone can be a star but very few can be actors.” Acting, he said required a lot of hard work, patience, practice and experience.
On His Memoir
Nawazuddin had to go through a lot to achieve. Nawaz also had his high tides and low tides, which would be chronicled in his memoir. He said that he has told qissas to his co-author, Rituparna who revealed that the process of writing the book was very organic. She said the book was dedicated to Nawazuddin’s mentor, Anurag Kashyap.
On His Upcoming Movies
Nawazuddin, who has mostly performed intense roles and had never got the opportunity to romance anybody, was all excited to tell the audience about his romantic movie. The actor said, “I have teamed up with Amy Jackson for the movie and this is for the first time I am doing a romantic movie with number of love songs.”
But the bigger news came, when he said that he had finished shooting for the movie, ‘Te3N’, with Amitabh Bachchan. Nawazuddin who is playing a priest in the film was all praises about the actor, “Bachchan sahab is very professional on set. He comes with his line prepared. He also sits back and sees the end result unlike us, who go to the vanity to relax after giving a shot.”