‘Artists shouldn’t stop be­ing cre­ative fear­ing a back­lash’

Hindustan Times (Patna) - Live - - Front Page - Shreya Mukher­jee shreya.mukher­hee@htlive.com

Nawazud­din Sid­diqui feels that a new breed of ul­tra-sen­si­tive au­di­ence is killing cre­ativ­ity. “I am not talk­ing about pol­i­tics but so­ci­ety it seems has be­come ul­tra-sen­si­tive towards ev­ery­thing. It’s scary,” he says.

The 43-year-old, how­ever, feels that artists should not stop ex­press­ing them­selves fear­ing a back­lash. “Cre­ativ­ity kisi ke baap ki mo­htaj nahi hai (cre­ativ­ity isn’t at the mercy of any­one). One can’t dic­tate a cre­ative soul. A painter will put his or her imag­i­na­tion on can­vas, a writer will pen what­ever he or she feels strongly about, a sci­en­tist will con­tinue to ex­per­i­ment and in­vent… They won’t and shouldn’t stop in the fear of the so­ci­ety,” he says.

Nawazud­din was re­act­ing to a se­ries of events around films this year — When the Shia com­mu­nity got of­fended be­cause of a scene in Raees (2017), where ac­tor Shah Rukh Khan was seen jump­ing over a re­li­gious struc­ture, twin at­tacks on film­maker San­jay Leela Bhansali’s film Pad­ma­vati over al­leged dis­tor­tion of facts, a poster of Ra­jkum­mar Rao as Lord Shiva in the film Be­hen Hogi Teri hurt­ing re­li­gious sen­ti­ments.

In­ter­est­ingly, Nawaz is por­tray­ing the con­tro­ver­sial char­ac­ter play­wright-au­thor, Saa­dat Hasan Manto, in his up­com­ing film. And Nawazud­din says that he won’t be sur­prised if peo­ple raise ques­tions around the film as well. “It’s a fas­ci­nat­ing char­ac­ter to play. As an ac­tor, I will take up roles that I am keen on por­tray­ing. If I think about the re­ac­tion I am go­ing to re­ceive, I will not be able to work. So, I will never do that,” says the ac­tor, who will be seen next in Mom along­side Sridevi, where he plays a dark char­ac­ter.

Cre­ativ­ity kisi ke baap ki mo­htaj nahi hai (cre­ativ­ity isn’t at the mercy of any­one). One can’t dic­tate a cre­ative soul

NAWAZUD­DIN SID­DIQUI, AC­TOR

PHOTO: AMAL KS/HT

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