‘I en­joy play­ing roles that have an at­ti­tude’

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My char­ac­ter is stylish and quite in­spired by James Bond, as he shoots and kills like him NAWAZUDDIN SIDDIQUI, AC­TOR

His last film, Mom, fea­tur­ing Sridevi, is still run­ning in the­atres, but Nawazuddin Siddiqui is al­ready gear­ing up for the re­lease of his next film, Babu­moshai Ban­dook­baaz. In the movie, the 43-year-old ac­tor will es­say the role of a con­tract killer with “rules”. Nawazuddin says, “He never kills any­one with­out be­ing paid. He is very pro­fes­sional that way. You might be his big­gest en­emy, but he won’t kill you if he isn’t get­ting paid for it,” says the ac­tor. The film’s trailer will be re­leased to­day.

Nawazuddin says the story and char­ac­ters in the film have “a lot of at­ti­tude”. “My char­ac­ter is stylish and quite in­spired by James Bond, as he shoots and kills like him. He is be­sharam (shame­less) about ev­ery­thing in life, and has a cool sense of hu­mour. I en­joy play­ing roles that have some tashan (at­ti­tude), as when I was [work­ing] in the­atre, I was quite amazed and im­pressed by stylish ac­tors like Al Pa­cino or even Pierce Bros­nan, who played James Bond in many films. Some­where, you im­bibe these qual­i­ties and use them as an ac­tor,” he says. The ac­tor also feels view­ers “might be re­minded” of Gangs of Wassey­pur (2012) af­ter watch­ing Babu­moshai Ban­dook­baaz, but he says that this film is at a level “higher than that one.”

Nawazuddin has been part of many en­sem­bles in his ca­reer, but he says play­ing a solo lead in a film is a “big re­spon­si­bil­ity.” “A solo film is quite im­por­tant in an ac­tor’s ca­reer, and I will be fo­cus­ing on re­lease of the film. I’ll be try­ing to get as wide a reach as pos­si­ble. This film has a lot of masala and isn’t an art or an off-beat film,” he says.

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