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Nawazuddin Siddiqui on the abuse of online freedom: ‘Can’t make semi porn content in the name of bold content’

Actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui, who will soon be seen in Sacred Games 2, says that one shouldn’t abuse the freedom afforded by lack of censorship online.

tv Updated: Jul 31, 2019 21:00 IST
Shreya Mukherjee
Shreya Mukherjee
Hindustan Times
Nawazuddin Siddiqui in a still from Sacred Games.
Nawazuddin Siddiqui in a still from Sacred Games.(Tejinder Singh Khamkh/Netflix)
         

Nawazuddin Siddiqui has mostly chosen the path less taken; so when he decided to take the web route at a time when his film career was thriving it didn’t come as a surprise. In fact, everyone looked forward to what new he would bring to the table and the actor lived up to everyone’s expectations in the way he breathed life into the layered gangster’s role in Sacred Games. The response around it, in Nawazuddin’s words, “has been encouraging” and so, Nawazuddin plans to continue his web rendezvous and balance it with his film career. Excerpts:

What’s the reason behind your inclination towards web as a medium?

As an actor, I will continue to do different things, break my image and play layered characters. And it does not matter which medium is giving me the liberty to do so. It’s just that I feel right now web is the medium that allows art the required breathing space. Characters and their journey through the narrative can be best explored in the medium. A character like Ganesh Gaitonde would not have grown the way it did on the web. People would not have accepted his intensity and let him take so much time to come out in his full form on the big screen.

So would you choose to do more work on the web as compared to films?

That’s not how I look at it. At the same time I won’t say that I am trying to strike a balance. As an artist, there is no limitation when it comes to doing work in any medium. I am ready to take risks on any platform, just that the character needs to have that spark and the worth.

 

With Sacred Games 2 coming up, what more can one expect from your character?

You don’t get to play characters like Ganesh Gaitonde every day. There is so much left in him. Uske personality ke bahut saare asie bhi aspects hain jo abhi bhi bahar aana baki hain, aur uska hi jhalak season 2 mein dekhne ko milega. This takes me back to the time when I started working on the show and felt so good with the kind of approach Netflix has towards such shows. Also, such characters demands a lot out of you so at times it becomes difficult to dissociate. I portrayed the character with al lot of honesty, and once done I move on with equal amount of honesty.

What’s your opinion about censorship on the web?

That isn’t a good idea. But then freedom can’t be misused. Agar hum aise soch ke show ya film banayenge ki ‘chalo bold content rakhtey hain to chal jayega’, that’s a completely wrong approach. We can’t make semi porn content in the name of bold content. The idea is to experiment, create worthy things and not destroy it. It’s our responsibility to self censor before going ahead with an idea, we can’t compromise on the aesthetics.

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First Published: Jul 31, 2019 20:56 IST

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