Nawaz happy about Court be­ing In­dia’s en­try for Os­cars

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Ac­tor Nawazud­din Sid­diqui (right) has hailed Court — In­dia’s of­fi­cial en­try at the 88th Os­cars in the Best For­eign Film cat­e­gory — as an out­stand­ing movie. The 41-year-old, whose film, Sal­man Khan-Ka­reena Kapoor Khan star­rer Ba­jrangi Bhai­jaan, was in the race for the cat­e­gory, said he is elated over Court’s se­lec­tion.

“I am very happy that Court is In­dia’s of­fi­cial en­try for Os­cars. It is a won­der­ful film and it is amaz­ing that a very fine movie has been se­lected. Some­times the se­lec­tion is great and some­times it is not that good but this time it has been a very good choice,” says Nawazud­din, whose road drama Liar’s Dice (2013) — co-star­ring Gee­tan­jali Thapa — was to be the coun­try’s en­try last year for the 87th Academy Award, but the de­ci­sion to not send that and Ir­rfanstar­rer The Lunch­box ended up cre­at­ing con­tro­versy in 2013.

Mean­while, Nawaz, who’s now a sought-af­ter name in Bol­ly­wood, is thrilled to have grabbed a big endorsement deal. “It feels nice that a brand that has been en­dorsed by su­per­stars has cho­sen an ac­tor this time. Su­per­stars have a wide reach and hence are per­fect faces of a brand so it makes me feel that I also have a good reach now,” says the ac­tor, who’s also do­ing a film with Shah Rukh Khan.

“Times are chang­ing... Stars like SRK and Sal­man are do­ing films like Raees and Ba­jrangi Bhai­jaan, and peo­ple like me are get­ting ac­cepted in main­stream cin­ema,” adds Nawaz.

I’m happy that Court is In­dia’s of­fi­cial en­try for Os­cars. It’s a won­der­ful film and it is amaz­ing that a very fine movie has been se­lected

Nawazud­din Sid­diqui, ac­tor

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