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No one is real at film parties, claims Nawazuddin Siddiqui

Nawazuddin Siddiqui says he usually stays away from industry bashes as no one talks freely at such gatherings.

bollywood Updated: May 30, 2016 19:32 IST
Prashant Singh
Nawazuddin Siddiqui wants to take a  break after wrapping up his current lot of films.
Nawazuddin Siddiqui wants to take a break after wrapping up his current lot of films.(HT photo)

Currently, he’s not only one of the most-respected actors in Bollywood, but also among the busier ones. But despite all the praise and attention, Nawazuddin Siddiqui hasn’t been spotted socialising at industry bashes. The actor says he stays away from such parties as you can’t “talk freely” there.

Friends for life
“I love it when four-five of my friends come over to my home or office. That’s the best evening for me. You can talk your heart out and chat freely. But that setting (an industry party) feels like a cage, where no one talks freely,” he says with a smile.

The Badlapur (2015) actor feels that “everyone has to behave in the same manner” at these gatherings. “But every person is different. No one is real at those parties, as each person seems to function artificially. You aren’t able to have heart-to-heart conversations. So, you start feeling odd and uncomfortable,” he says.

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Playing the legend
From his several upcoming assignments, the 42-year-old actor is particularly “excited” about playing late Urdu writer Saadat Hasan Manto in Nandita Das’ next. “That zone is still unknown to me, and I don’t know how I am going to play that part. It’s a new area, so I have no idea what will happen. But once I am done with the film, I will be happy that I have done a role that is worthwhile. At least I got to know more about a person who isn’t a usual [Bollywood] hero,” he says.

Taking a breather
Nawazuddin, who recently returned from the Cannes Film Festival, where his new film, directed by Anurag Kashyap, got a lot of praise, is looking forward to taking a breather soon. “I feel like I shouldn’t shoot for five-six months after I wrap up my current lot of assignments. I will try that. Whatever complaints my mother, wife, kids, childhood friends and brothers have, I will try and sort them out. For that, I need to have enough time for them,” he says.

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Doesn’t it get tiring to do such intense roles back-to-back? “I always think of slowing down or balancing things out. But then, when I get a good role, I want to take it up (laughs),” he says.

Actor at work
Nawaz maintains that this has been his habit from the start. “When I get to play a new character, he is a stranger to me, and the madness and curiosity to know him keeps growing. This is how an actor’s life should be,” he says. At the moment, Nawaz is experimenting with his film choices. He will be seen in a dark film with Anurag (Kashyap; film-maker), a romantic venture with Sohail Khan, a drama co-starring Shah Rukh Khan, and in a film with Sridevi.

Is this a planned move? “The characters I’m playing, they are genuinely interesting. I know that I haven’t attempted them before, so it will be interesting to tap into their minds. I don’t know if I can pull it off, but it’s a task for me. Solving that task is thrilling and a lot of fun. It’s easy to do a fun character in a clichéd manner, but until I get goosebumps and feel satisfied after wrapping up a film and going through the difficult process of getting close to the character, there’s no point in being an actor,” he says.

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