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All I said was the film needed actors as good as Nawazuddin: Babumshai casting director

Hours after Nawazuddin Siddiqui tweeted a cryptic message on racism in Bollywood, it was widely reported that Sanjay Chouhan, in an interview to a daily, had said they “can’t cast fair and handsome people with Nawazuddin.” Chouhan has now claimed that he was misquoted.

bollywood Updated: Jul 18, 2017 19:36 IST
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Nawazuddin Siddiqui,Babumoshai Bandookbaaz,Sanjay Chouhan
Nidhhi Agerwal, Tiger Shroff and Nawazuddin Siddiqui promote Munna Michael in New Delhi.(IANS)

The casting director of Babumoshai Bandookbaaz, Sanjay Chouhan, has said he never made the ‘fair and handsome’ remark about actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui, that has led to a controversy.

Bengali actor Bidita Bag (L) and Bollywood actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui pose for a photograph during a promotional event for Babumoshai Bandookbaaz. (AFP)

Hours after Nawazuddin tweeted a cryptic message on racism in Bollywood, it was widely reported that Chouhan, in an interview to a daily, had said that after Chitrangada Singh quit the film they had to find an actress who could look good opposite the actor as they “can’t cast fair and handsome people with Nawaz. It would look so weird.”

Siddiqui tweet late Monday, “Thank you for making me realise that I cannot be paired along with the fair and handsome because I’m dark and not good looking, but I never focus on that.”

However, the casting director clarified Tuesday evening that his comments have been misconstrued. “I was completely misquoted. All I said was the film needed actors as good as Nawazuddin. You need actors who could match his stature. I don’t know from where the ‘fair and handsome’ bit came but I never said the words,” Chouhan told PTI.

“I would never want to hurt Nawaz sir or the film by giving such statements. I haven’t spoken to him yet, but I am deeply saddened by how the comments, which I never made in the first place, have turned out,” he added.

Meanwhile, Nawaz who was in Delhi on Tuesday to promote his upcoming film, reiterated his stand on the skin-colour debate and told HT City, “A lot of people in this industry are racist. Because of this, I have been rejected a lot of times.”

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First Published: Jul 18, 2017 19:35 IST