He has been appreciated for his performance in Talaash, Gangs of Wasseypur, The Lunchbox and Miss Lovely. Nawazuddin Siddiqui's next film will be Salman Khan, Randeep Hooda-starrer Kick.
The unconventional actor is all set to take on a new role: that of a news anchor.
Actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui. Vipin Kumar/HT photo
He is at present working on TV show Kehta Hai India with Nawazuddin Siddiqui, where he plays the anchor/host. He has visited Patna, Lucknow, Benaras and Jaipur. He will also be visiting Delhi for the project.
Talking about the show on Focus Network, Nawaz told Hindustan Times, "I have been travelling for this TV show trying to sense the mood of the electorate in the crucial Hindi belt. I get to interact with the common people as well as our political leaders."
"As of now, Kick and the TV show are the only projects on my mind," he added.
Siddiqui has met and interacted with aam and khas admi on the show. He has interviewed Vasundhara Raje, Akhilesh Yadav, Lalu Yadav and Shatrughan Sinha during his visits to Jaipur, Lucknow and Patna respectively. He also interviewed music maestro Padmabhushan Channu Lal Mishra in Varanasi.
The actor said, "I had a great experience doing this series, connecting with real india. It was enriching, exhilarating and saddening in equal measures. I realised how after each election, the voter feels cheated. His expectations and dreams are never met."
Further, talking about the experience of interviewing politicians instead of facing the camera himself, he said, "They are very seasoned and seldom answer the question they are asked. They all exude great confidence about the poll outcome in their favor."
In search of common man, Siddiqui visited the artisans' colonies in Jaipur known for their crafted stones, Lucknow bylanes famous for their zardozi work and Varanasi streets that house craftsmen of Banarsi sarees.
The actor travelled in public transport and visited colleges to gauge the expectations and frustrations of the youth. He also visited minority communities to understand how elections and change in governments affect their businesses.
Kehta Hai India will be aired for five weeks, starting from April 12 on weekends.
From a crowded repertoire full of excellent performances, the actor chose his role in the ensemble film Bombay Talkies as his favourite. "The role will always remain with me. I saw myself in the character," he added. In the words of director Dibakar Banerjee, the role was that of a failed actor who has a last chance.
He has received critical recognition and has got numerous awards but failure is a feeling that he still associates with. "I was a struggling actor for 10 years. Recognition and awards for mere two years cannot make me forget all of that. I may forget the failure if I continue getting recognition for my work for another 10 years," said the Gangs of Wasseypur actor.
When asked if he will be doing an advertisement for a mobile phone company, Siddiqui said, "Nothing concrete as of now. We are yet discussing it."
As for reports that he has replaced Farhan Akhtar in Shah Rukh Khan-starrer Raees, the actor neither confirmed nor denied them.