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Nawazuddin Siddiqui on #MeToo: I want to stay away from all this

When asked about the sexual assault allegation against filmmaker Rajkumar Hirani, Nawazuddin Siddiqui maintained a no comment stance.

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Nawazuddin Siddiqui got embroiled in a controversy in 2017 after the release of his autobiography An Ordinary Life. (Express photo: Varinder Chawla)

Nawazuddin Siddiqui says he wants to stay away from controversies as they shift the focus of the audience from his work to personal life.

The actor, who became a popular name post the success of 2012 film Gangs of Wasseypur, got embroiled in a controversy in 2017 after the release of his autobiography An Ordinary Life.

In his memoir, co-written by Rituparna Chatterjee, Siddiqui detailed his relationships and flings with former Miss India Niharika Singh and actor Sunita Rajwar allegedly without their consent.

The actor later withdrew the book and apologised for hurting the sentiments of women whose name he had mentioned in the memoir.

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“I am just the same person. I am an actor and I just want to work. I just want to act. I don’t want to talk about anyone and what is happening in my personal life. I don’t want people to focus on that. I am known and have become popular due to my work and so I just want to concentrate on my work,” Nawazuddin Siddiqui said.

There were also allegations against him that he hired a private detective to spy on his wife.

“I do not feel bad. I just feel why focus on someone’s personal life. Celebrities are also human being. Everyone criticises celebrities for every little thing and that should not happen. They are normal human beings,” he added.

When asked about the sexual assault allegation against filmmaker Rajkumar Hirani, Nawazuddin Siddiqui maintained a no comment stance.

“I just don’t want to talk about it. Why unnecessarily create controversy again,” he said.

The 44-year-old actor said he is afraid of controversies and wants to concentrate on his work.

“For me my career is important. After so many years of struggle, I am getting work, so I want to focus on it. I want to try and stay away from all this. Now whether I get affected or not, it is a personal thing.”

Nawazuddin Siddiqui will be seen next in Thackeray, which releases this Friday. His upcoming projects are Motichoor Chaknachoor, Photograph and Roam Rome Mein.