He is not oblivious to all the critical and commercial acclaim which has come his way, yet all the success hasn’t changed the real person that Nawazuddin Siddique is.
Although it has changed the attitudes of those around him in the industry. “Yes, there are people who turned me down when I asked for work initially, and the same people may be offering work to me now. I believe it’s natural. Their attitude has changed because now they have seen my work, now they have faith in me. And I understand it. I am not here to take revenge, I am here to work,” says the Gangs of Wasseypur actor.
Meanwhile, things in the personal space remain the same, says the 49-year-old actor. “I am still the same, my life is the same. At home also, everything is very normal. And my wife also likes to keep it that way,” says the actor, who has managed to work with the entire Khan-daan, be it Aamir, Shah Rukh or Salman. And every time he has managed to stand out, be it the Salman Khan-starrer Kick or Bajrangi Bhaijaan or Aamir Khan’s Talaash, which also fetched him a National Award. “While working on Talaash, I told Aamir bhai that I had a small role in Sarfarosh also. He was pleasantly surprised to hear that,” smiles the actor, who will soon be sharing screen space with Shah Rukh Khan too.
Talking about his craft, the actor says, “The challenge is to pull off every character convincingly and with freshness. I hope I keep getting to play a variety of characters. It doesn’t matter if the role is big or small, I am an actor, and all I want is to work and diversity in what I do. People expect from me and it’s a good thing, kyunki fir aap comfort zone mai hi nahi rehte… you are forced to take up the challenge and perform your best every time.”
Ask him if somewhere, he could relate to Manjhi, the man who worked relentlessly for 22 years despite everyone telling him he couldn’t move... err.. break a mountain to make a road and he says, “Every actor borrows something from his life when he plays a character. Kuch na kuch autobiographical element toh hota hi hai. While Manjhi’s passion was love, my passion is acting. I struggled for 10-12 years, because I am passionate about acting. I just had to act, it didn’t matter if the role was big or small, or if it was TV, theatre or films.”