Nawazuddin Siddiqui may be selective about his film roles, but he makes sure he gives his best to the few that he does. In his upcoming release, Bombay Talkies, the actor will be seen speaking in Marathi. Since he wasn’t familiar with the language, he undertook a special workshop to learn it before shooting commenced.
In the film, Nawaz plays the role of a resident of Lalbaug.
“I’m not sure whether people will believe this, but I’ve rejected nearly 200 films. I’ve been very choosy about what I take, but when I do a film, I make sure that I give it my best,” says the actor, adding that this film is very special to him. “I have learned a new language; approximately 40 per cent of my dialogues are in Marathi. I attended a special workshop to learn the language and be able to deliver my dialogues perfectly. It was quite challenging, so I hope people appreciate the effort we have put into making this a special film.”
Since the film will have a nation-wide release, director Dibakar Banerjee has decided to add subtitles with all the dialogues in Marathi. “There are many instances in the film where Nawaz’s character speaks in Marathi, so all those lines will have subtitles in English for people who do not understand the regional language,” Dibakar confirms.