‘I express my views if I feel something is wrong’
Nawazuddin Siddiqui is trying to create a fine balance between commercial and indie cinema, but the actor says he still feels a little hesitant about accepting typical masala films as they fail to provide scope for performance. Despite having been a part of several commercial hits such as Badlapur, Bajrangi Bhaijaan and Raees, the 43-year old actor says it is his small-budget films that give him a chance to explore various sides to him as an artist.
“I’m not always able to choose those films which follow a particular trend. All my solo films such as Manjhi and Raman Raghav 2.0 are different. They are not typical Bollywood films, which are generally liked by the audience. Responding to critics that have objected to the content of his recent outing Babumoshai Bandookbaaz, Nawaz says, “Nowadays any critic can bash a film in whichever way they want to. Some of them are biased. They often appreciate only certain people because of “groupism,” but it is the audience’s reception that matters to him the most. He defends the film’s dismal box-office performance by citing budget constraints, unconventional characters, and adult content.
He, however, adds, “I’m not saying all critics are same, but for me the most important thing is how the audience is reacting to my film. What would I do with four stars if no one turns up for my film?”
Known for speaking his
Any critic can bash a film in whichever way they want to. They often appreciate only certain people because of ‘groupism’ NAWAZUDDIN SIDDIQUI, ACTOR
mind on issues that matter–be it calling out other stars on endorsing fairness creams, the rampant racism in the industry, or his views on nepotism—Nawaz opines, “You should never be afraid of putting up your opinions, no matter how difficult the situation gets. And I think I have earned this place where I can express my views if I feel something is wrong.”