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Came to Mumbai with Rs 3,000. Not scared of losing all: Nawazuddin

Nawazuddin Siddiqui may have achieved the star-status in Bollywood, but what he hasn’t ­got is the insecurity of being one.

bollywood Updated: Mar 06, 2016 09:56 IST
Jigar Shah
Nawazuddin, who has had ­stellar ­performances in films such as Gangs Of Wasseypur (2012), The Lunchbox (2013) and Badlapur (2015), is conscious of people’s heightened ­expectations of him.
Nawazuddin, who has had ­stellar ­performances in films such as Gangs Of Wasseypur (2012), The Lunchbox (2013) and Badlapur (2015), is conscious of people’s heightened ­expectations of him.(AFP)

Nawazuddin Siddiqui may have achieved the star-status in Bollywood, but what he hasn’t ­got is the insecurity of being one.

“I’m not scared of losing all that I have earned. I came to Mumbai with Rs 3,000 and even if I have to leave this place with the same amount of money in my ­pocket, I don’t think it will be a bad deal,” says the 41-year-old. In fact, he’s one of the few who don’t demand a certain fee to act in a film, and usually take whatever the ­producers offer.

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“I don’t have to demand a price. The ­producers of my films are very smart, they know exactly how much actors charge. If I demand [an ­unreasonable fee], no one will give it to me. This industry knows an actor’s worth. As it is, I didn’t come here to earn money. If I only wanted to earn money, I would have stayed back in my village (Budhana, Uttar Pradesh). We have a lot of land, and I could have ­easily started a mill there,” he says.

Nawazuddin Siddiqui may have achieved the star-status in Bollywood, but what he hasn’t ­got is the insecurity of being one. (AFP)

Nawazuddin, who has had ­stellar ­performances in films such as Gangs Of Wasseypur (2012), The Lunchbox (2013) and Badlapur (2015), is conscious of people’s heightened ­expectations of him. “It becomes your responsibility to ­perform when people start expecting a certain level of work from you. I try not to choose roles for the heck of doing a film. I also don’t want to corrupt myself by thinking that now I have arrived, even though people say I have. I don’t want to think that I can do whatever I want, and people will still say good things about me,” says the actor.

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Hence, it’s no surprise when Nawaz says that it doesn’t matter if or not he is playing the lead role. “When I started acting, I never thought I will get lead roles someday. But today, I’m playing a central character in Ritesh Batra’s next. If a story demands me in the lead, I will do it. But not think of it as the lead. For me, it’s only a character.”