Happy birthday Nawazuddin Siddiqui: From indie films to blockbusters
Nawazuddin Siddiqui isn’t just moving from indie films to blockbusters; he now has a stronger image-building machinery, the approval of top directors and smarter survival techniques for Bollywood. We explore the actor's journey on his 41st birthday.brunch Updated: May 19, 2015 09:16 IST
"Yeh white shirt aur blue jeans theek hai na?" asks Nawazuddin Siddiqui addressing a roomful of people about his attire. His manager, his PR rep, and (I assume) personal assistant all nod in affirmation, and rightly so. The photographer sets up the lights.
There were a thousand questions to ask Siddiqui – the tremendous reaction for Badlapur; his next indie, Haraamkhor; his next big film, Raees with Shah Rukh Khan; the fact that he’s cemented his place in Bollywood over the last two years; and about moving up in life. Styling and looking "theek"– that’s the last thing I would have thought of asking.
Of course, even good actors want to look great!
Turns out, it’s only his "second or third" photo shoot in a career spanning 16 years, and the 40-year-old star is all geared up. He mentions that he plays the flute (who would have thought, right?), and confidently starts posing (playing) under the poster of The Godfather. He’s a natural – both at posing and playing. He had to go somewhere for a meeting, but that can wait, it seems. He’s clearly having a lot of fun!
This man, newly styled, learning to be comfortable with the camera, is a transformed Nawazuddin Siddiqui. If there’s one thing he doesn’t mind, it’s putting in effort, whether it’s for accessorising or for acting. Because he’s chasing a single goal: excellence.
He’s carved his own niche today, but here’s what Nawazuddin Siddiqui learned while working with the Khans of Bollywood
Shah Rukh Khan:
Whenever I think about Shah Rukh Khan, his fan base comes to mind. The man has sustained his fan following through roles and genres. I want to have his longevity in Bollywood.
He’s so laidback on the sets of his films; his behaviour is almost child-like. But when the camera comes on, it’s unbelievable to see him transform into his character. It was interesting to see a superstar not stress about things.
It was only on the sets of Talaash that I realised how much attention he pays to every single aspect of filmmaking. I want to be attentive like him.
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