Bollywood’s talented actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui, who is taking a plunge into out and out commercial films with Salman Khan’s ‘Kick’, is overwhelmed by the response his role in the film is getting.
In an exclusive interview with The Indian Express, Nawazuddin Siddiqui spoke about the response on ‘Kick’, ‘Salman Khan’, ‘Anurag Kashyap’, his early days of struggle and willingness to work in Marathi films.
“I play a character with shades of grey in ‘Kick’. I am getting a good response from the audience. People are appreciating my role a lot. My character comes after the interval and I hear that there is a lot of clapping and whistling when I come onscreen. I had not hoped for this kind of reaction,” said Nawazuddin during the telephonic interview.
‘Kick’, which also stars Randeep Hooda and Jacqueline Fernandez, released today (July 25). The ‘Kahaani’ actor said that he has had a busy morning answering calls appreciating his performance. “I am getting a lot of calls for my role.”
Nawazuddin feels that ‘Kick’ will indeed give a further ‘Kick’ to his career. The actor says that a Salman Khan film reaches masses and therefore helps his small budget film get noticed. “Salman Khan is for the masses. So, my smaller films, which are low on promotions, will benefit from this.”
Soon after ‘Kick’, Nawazuddin is all set for the release of ‘The Mountain Man’, based on the life of Dashrath manjhi.
Nawazuddin also said that he has other small budget films in the pipeline such as ‘Anwar Ka Ajab Kissa’, ‘Monsoon Shootout’, ‘Ghoomketu’, etc. Nawazuddin said that ‘Anwar Ka Ajab Kissa’ is especially close to his heart and he hopes for a big release for the film.
Talking about being low on promotions for ‘Kick’, he said, “Firstly, I was busy shooting and then the makers involved me as much was required.” The actor said that he never felt overshadowed by Salman Khan.
Defending Salman Khan on the photographers incident, Nawazuddin said, “Photographers should maintain decorum. And the anguage that they use… they should be given a proper training. They shough keep the roughness to bare minimum. He is also a human being, he can get irritated. He is not a computer that he won’t react however people may behave. So, I don’t think Salman Khan is at fault.”
Talking about Anurag Kasghyap, the actor feels proud to be associated with him. Nawazuddin, is best known for the filmmaker’s ‘Gangs of Wasseypur’ series. “Anurag Kashyap is a genius director. I am here because of Anurag Kashyap.”
Nawazuddin faced many ups and downs at the start of his career. The actor, who made his Bollywood debut with a small role in Aamir Khan’s ‘Sarfarosh’, says he struggled for 9-10 years. “I have done small roles in the beginning therefore the struggle was huge.”
He says that since he doesn’t have the looks of a ‘hero’ his struggle was doubled. “The struggle was more because no one would look at me and say that I’m an actor or hero-type. That’s why it took more time. But at the end of the day here I am.”
My family has been a big support for me in the struggling days. “It is their blessings. I had been out of my house for a very long time and my mother used to feel bad for this. Parents were also waiting for the day when their son would be successful. My parents were very supportive.”
Nawazuddin Siddiqui also said that he is open to work in regional cinema and especially wants to try his luck in Marathi films. “Marathi films have a lot of experimental cinema and I would give it a shot if I come across a good script.”