Nawaz al­ways in char­ac­ter

Nawazud­din Sid­diqui, who was in hospi­tal last week, started mouthing his film’s di­a­logues while be­ing semi-con­scious

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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.

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