If I wanted money, I could’ve opened a sugar mill in my vil­lage: Nawaz

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Money is not my mo­ti­va­tion to work [in Bol­ly­wood]. I have a lot of land in my vil­lage Bud­hana [in UP] NAWAZUD­DIN SID­DIQUI, AC­TOR

One of the most ver­sa­tile ac­tors, Nawazud­din Sid­diqui is a soughtafter name in the Hindi film in­dus­try, but only af­ter hav­ing strug­gled for a decade. He en­joys act­ing, and is glad that he’s get­ting good work. But, the 43-year-old is nei­ther des­per­ate for roles or big bucks.

“Act­ing makes me happy. It helps me dis­cover my­self so I’m here [in Bol­ly­wood] for a very self­ish rea­son,” says Nawaz, adding that money is “not his mo­ti­va­tion” to work. “I have a lot of land in my vil­lage Bud­hana [in Ut­tar Pradesh], and if I wanted money, I could have opened a sugar mill there.”

If films didn’t hap­pen, he would be a farmer, says Nawaz, who of­ten takes off to his vil­lage to feel re­ju­ve­nated and stay grounded. “In my vil­lage, peo­ple get ex­cited for two days when my film re­leases but af­ter that, they go back to be­ing nor­mal... I love go­ing back home. I go there and work in the farms and I think that’s what keeps me grounded... I don’t want to look at life and think that I’m an achiever. I am a re­al­is­tic per­son and I want to be like that,” says the ac­tor.

Con­tent with how his ca­reer is pro­gress­ing, he feels that it’s a great time to be an ac­tor, as our au­di­ence is evolv­ing ev­ery­day. “So, an ac­tor is ac­cepted in a wide ar­ray of roles.”

Nawaz, how­ever, is mostly of­fered in­tense roles, which by his own ad­mis­sion, take a lot out of him. Does he worry about be­ing type­cast? “I’m not a con­ven­tional hero, so I don’t think that can hap­pen with me. Also, I haven’t re­stricted my­self to work­ing in a sin­gle genre. My ef­fort has been to be ex­per­i­men­tal,” he says.

Talk­ing of try­ing new things, Nawaz’s char­ac­ter in his next film, Munna Micheal, will be seen danc­ing on the big screen. He’s quick to share, “I don’t en­joy danc­ing. I un­der­went two days of prac­tise on Sab­bir’s (Khan, di­rec­tor) in­sis­tence.”

Can one ex­pect him to do a typ­i­cal danc­ing-around-thetree rou­tine in a film? “That will never be my style. Plus, where are the trees? There are such few trees to run around these days,” he laughs.

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