Pakistani actor Adnan Siddiqui’s television shows have made him a popular face in India as well. While he gets Bollywood movie offers, the actor is very clear about the roles he does not wish to take up.
“I am in that age where I cannot replace actors like Akshay Kumar, Shah Rukh Khan or Salman Khan. They are great actors and are really famous in Pakistan. If I want to come in that league, I will be kicked out so badly that I won’t be able to see myself. I want to adopt the formula in India what Irrfan, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, KK Menon and Manoj Bajpayee have taken up. I want to fit in that kind of role. I want to prove my metal in that area,” says the 46-year-old actor, who has been part of successful Pakistani shows such as Mere Qatil Mere Dildaar, Kaisi Ye Qayamat, Ru Baru and Ruswaiyaan.
The content of Pakistan television shows has made place in the hearts of Indian audience and Siddiqui is grateful for this kind of response. “It’s a great feeling all together when you see your work being appreciated. The grass is always green on the other side and we also have loved the shows in India. I feel that my contemporaries and I want to produce the shows the same way and give good content,” he says.
While the curiosity towards the culture and work in India and Pakistan towards each other have always been high, Siddiqui feels we are very much similar. “We both have same kind of culture. I hardly see any difference. What is the difference in two countries? I think it is just P and I. I cannot help but think that once they were the same country. There is not much cultural change. People do ask me about Pakistani shows and I tell them that they have two ways of doing it and we have different way of doing it. It is just about the mind and thought,” he says.