I am happy living in a rented house: Nawazuddin Siddiqui
A film that is dear to Nawaz - Miss Lovely - premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in 2012, and is set to hit screens in India next week. In this interview, the actor opens up about experimenting with different genres and listening to his inner voice while choosing roles.bollywood Updated: Jan 07, 2014 10:59 IST
After struggling in the industry for over a decade, actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui got recognised with his roles in Gangs Of Wasseypur (2012) and Talaash (2012).
But, a film that is dear to him is Miss Lovely — it will see the actor playing the lead role. The movie premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in 2012, and is set to hit screens in India next week.
In this interview, Nawazuddin opens up about experimenting with different genres and listening to his inner voice while choosing roles.
Miss Lovely is finally releasing. How does it feel?
I am glad. We began shooting for the film in 2009, and it was ready by 2010. Later, it went to major film festivals and got recognition. It got delayed because of the Censor Board as they wanted 157 cuts. But, the makers got an adult certificate for it and it’s finally releasing now. I play the role of a C-grade film-maker in the film, who struggles to make a movie with a wannabe actress.
We’ve heard that there has been a hike in the fee you charge.
No such thing. But I would like to, not because I need it, but because I feel actors should be valued just like stars. I still live in a rented house as I haven’t been able to afford a house of my own. I haven’t made that much money yet. But having said that, I want to add that I am happy living in a rented house. The difference between an actor and a star is the budget and the overall presentation of a film.
Tell us about your other projects.
I recently wrapped up Dhoomketu, which is a comedy. I used to do comedy in theatre and I hope people will appreciate it. I am trying every genre. I also have Kick, but I can’t talk about it right now.
You produced your brother’s (Shamaas Nawab Siddiqui) short film. Will you produce his next directorial as well?
No, I won’t. The short film was made in a small budget. We will get a producer and start his film next year.
Do you plan to venture into film-making?
No. I am happy being an