Nawazud­din not in­tim­i­dated by the Khans

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He has shared screen space with Shah Rukh Khan, Sal­man Khan and Aamir Khan, but ac­tor Nawazud­din Sid­diqui (above) says that he is not in­tim­i­dated by their star­dom when he is shoot­ing with them.

The 41-year-old Gangs of Wassey­pur ac­tor, who starred along­side Sal­man in Ba­jrangi Bhai­jaan, Aamir in Talaash and now will be seen along­side Shah Rukh in his up­com­ing film, treats the Khans as his co-ac­tors and not stars. “The fear of act­ing in front of a big celebrity will cor­rupt you. When you are film­ing a scene, be it Shah Rukh, Sal­man or Aamir, they are your co-ac­tors first. It is the char­ac­ter they are por­tray­ing which is in front of you and not the star. If I think there is a ‘star’ in front of me and not the ‘char­ac­ter’ they are play­ing, then I am dis­re­spect­ing them. If I have to re­spect them, then I have to first re­spect the char­ac­ters they are play­ing,” says the ac­tor. Sid­diqui has dab­bled with both, com­mer­cial films like Kick and off-beat movies like The Lunch­box, and be­lieves that it is this shock value which he wants to give to his fans.

“My fans know that I try to at­tempt a va­ri­ety of roles. To shock them in ev­ery film is very nec­es­sary for an ac­tor. A hero might fol­low the same tem­plate in ev­ery film, but for an ac­tor, it is very im­por­tant to shock view­ers and make them think, ‘He can do this too?’,” he says.

He cred­its the cur­rent phase of In­dian cin­ema for giv­ing him the leg room to experiment with dif­fer­ent gen­res of films and take va­ri­ety of roles. “I didn’t come with a mind­set to change the per­cep­tion of a hero. Au­di­ence to­day have an op­tion to watch the kind of films they feel like watch­ing. This is the time when the line be­tween com­mer­cial and off-beat cin­ema is blur­ring and films are be­ing ex­per­i­mented.

“I am mak­ing the best use of this time and do­ing a va­ri­ety of roles. I am ex­per­i­ment­ing be­cause it is the best phase to do so,” adds Sid­dique. The ac­tor will be seen shar­ing screen space for the first time with Shah Rukh in his forth­com­ing film, and he says that the movie will sur­prise au­di­ence.


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