Nawaz always in character
Nawazuddin Siddiqui, who was in hospital last week, started mouthing his film’s dialogues while being semi-conscious
When you enter Nawazuddin Siddiqui’s tastefully done up Andheri office in Mumbai, you are bound to take notice of the posters of film icons like Guru Dutt, Marlon Brando, Peter O’Toole and Daniel Day-Lewis, from their cult movies, on the walls. Incidentally, like Day-Lewis, who is famous for his intense method acting techniques, even Nawaz has immersed himself in the character of his underproduction film.
The actor was admitted to a suburban hospital last week after being down with high fever, body ache and a sore throat (he has since been reportedly diagnosed with dengue). “Since he was shooting for Anurag’s (Kashyap; director) film at that time, he was still in character. In a semi- conscious state he started mouthing his dialogues from the film,” says an insider, describing the rather unusual incident at the emergency ward of the hospital.
The actor’s brother, Shamas Siddiqui, and his staff members were taken aback. “Even other patients in the ward were shocked, since they hadn’t seen anything like that before. After an initial check-up, Nawaz was shifted to a separate room in the hospital,” adds the insider.
Nawaz has now been discharged, but advised rest for a few days. When contacted, the critically acclaimed actor said, “I am feeling much better. I will resume work soon.”
Nawaz, meanwhile, has also joined other Bollywood stars in taking up the farmers’ cause. “I’m a farmer’s son and I know the hardships they face,” he tweeted, seeking donations for debt-ridden farmers.