Actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui will be seen in upcoming romantic comedy Motichoor Chaknachoor. The film releases on November 15.
In this interview with indianexpress.com, the versatile actor talks about how he has to struggle to get everything in life, and the global recognition he received with two International Emmy award nominations this year for Sacred Games and McMafia.
Excerpts from the conversation:
Photograph and now Motichoor Chaknachoor, you have been playing characters of the quintessential Indian man who struggles to find love in life.
Yes, I always struggle to find love. This was the struggle in real life too. In fact, I have had to struggle for everything in life. I think it is because of my face that I had to struggle, especially to find love. I haven’t got anything easily. Nothing.
There is a Nawazuddin Siddiqui genre now. People expect you to do something out-of-the-box with every new project. Also, we have the new crop of actors who are inspired by your work and want to become like you. How does that make you feel?
If someone is inspired by my work, it is a good thing. It gives me a sense of responsibility to keep doing work with the same passion and honesty with which I have done till now. It is also like a challenge that you have to surpass your own work.
When we talk about the kind of films that I do, I don’t have a set genre attached to my name. I wish that never happens to me.
In my initial days, I have done dark films which had characters with dark shades. I actually enjoy that kind of stuff personally. But an actor needs to expand according to the market as well. So, I make sure I also do films according to the trends that are working. And now, I think the trend is films about marriage and weddings, so I am doing Motichoor Chaknachoor. An actor needs to do all kinds of films. Experimentation is very important in our profession.
From the very beginning of my career, I wanted to do romantic films, but I was never offered one. Maybe because they didn’t like the way I looked. Maybe I didn’t have a face to pull off a romantic role according to them. So, now when people have finally started offering me romantic films, I feel thankful, and I want to grab them all.
After two Emmy nominations and international projects, you have now become a global star. How do you feel about the global recognition?
Of course, it feels good. It feels even better because I am doing films of my choice. Nobody dictates my choices. Work is more fun that way. I am also doing films that fall in a certain trend or demand, but then I am choosing work unimpeded. It gives me personal happiness and drives me forward.
I feel very satisfied that I am getting this kind of global recognition. Which actor wouldn’t love this kind of felicitation and awards? Everybody likes it. I think actors work for that kind of validation.
What is your biggest learning from Sacred Games 2? What do you think worked in Sacred Games 1 that didn’t work in the second season?
I don’t know if there is any learning. I portrayed Ganesh Gaitonde in season one in the way the character was described to me. Ditto for season two.
Maybe people didn’t like the second season because of two-three new characters that were introduced. Those characters were quite lengthy, and it didn’t work out. The stories of older characters should have been taken forward. It was an unnecessary risk, and I guess people found it boring.
I was happier with the second season than I was with the first one. My character grew tremendously in the second season, and my inner story was explored. Ganesh Gaitonde’s fight with his inner complexities was shown fantastically. It was more challenging for me to play Ganesh Gaitonde in the second season. It was easy for me in the first season.
Motichoor Chaknachoor is a marriage comedy. What according to you is an ideal marriage?
While I don’t really know what an ideal marriage would be like, I know for sure that two people involved need to understand and respect each other. Even when two people are married, I think it is of utmost importance that they don’t lose their individuality. The woman should not lose her individuality to keep the man happy, and the same thing goes for the man. This individuality gives you a sense of personal freedom, and I don’t know how would anyone function without that. Just because two people tied the knot and are going to live together, it doesn’t mean they think one belongs to another.