Actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui has decided to take a sabbatical after he finishes his current assignment. Nawaz, as he is popularly known, will take a few months break as soon as he wraps up shooting for Buddhadeb Dasgupta’s Anwar Ka Ajab Kissa.
“I waited for 11 years to get good work. Now when I am finally getting the kind of work that I wanted with directors I dreamt of working with all my life, I don’t want to mess up my career by burning myself out,” says the actor who came into the limelight after his roles in Kahaani and Gangs of Wasseypur I and II.
“I have been working non-stop and I really need to slow down. I’ve to take a pause to recharge my batteries. So, after I complete Buddhadeb’s film, which starts in Kolkata from March 22 and goes on at a stretch for 40 days, I’ll be taking time off,” says Nawaz. Apparently, the need to conserve his energies came to the actor while shooting with veteran actor Sadashiv Amrapurkar for Dibakar Bannerjee’s short film that will be a part of Bombay Talkies. “I was dismayed to see how old he seemed although he’s just 57-58. We actors tend to give too much of ourselves. And that’s fine. But somewhere, we also need to renew our creative energies from time to time,” says Nawaz.
It would be a kind of home coming for Nawaz when he starts shooting for Anwar Ka Ajab Kissa in Kolkata. “Actually, it was that film (Kahaani), which brought me out of my 11-year-old struggle to be noticed. So, I consider Kolkata to be lucky,” says the actor.
At the moment, Nawazuddin finds himself so busy that he is unable to devote time to promoting his latest film Aatma, while his co-star Bipasha Basu has started promoting the film. “I will be starting my promotion soon. I haven’t been able to do so until now,” says the actor.