I ex­press my views if I feel some­thing is wrong: Nawazuddin

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Any critic can bash a film in which­ever way they want to. They of­ten ap­pre­ci­ate only cer­tain peo­ple be­cause of ‘groupism’ NAWAZUDDIN SID­DIQUI, AC­TOR

Nawazuddin Sid­diqui is try­ing to cre­ate a fine bal­ance be­tween com­mer­cial and in­die cinema, but the ac­tor says he still feels a lit­tle hes­i­tant about ac­cept­ing typ­i­cal masala films as they fail to pro­vide scope for per­for­mance. De­spite hav­ing been a part of sev­eral com­mer­cial hits such as Bad­la­pur, Ba­jrangi Bhai­jaan and Raees, the 43-year old ac­tor says it is his small-bud­get films that give him a chance to ex­plore var­i­ous sides to him as an artist.

“I’m not al­ways able to choose those films which fol­low a par­tic­u­lar trend. All my solo films such as Man­jhi and Ra­man Raghav 2.0 are dif­fer­ent. They are not typ­i­cal Bollywood films, which are gen­er­ally liked by the au­di­ence. Re­spond­ing to crit­ics that have ob­jected to the con­tent of his re­cent out­ing Babu­moshai Ban­dook­baaz, Nawaz says, “Nowa­days any critic can bash a film in which­ever way they want to. Some of them are bi­ased. They of­ten ap­pre­ci­ate only cer­tain peo­ple be­cause of “groupism,” but it is the au­di­ence’s re­cep­tion that mat­ters to him the most. He de­fends the film’s dis­mal box-of­fice per­for­mance by cit­ing bud­get con­straints, un­con­ven­tional char­ac­ters, and adult con­tent.

He, how­ever, adds, “I’m not say­ing all crit­ics are same, but for me the most im­por­tant thing is how the au­di­ence is re­act­ing to my film. What would I do with four stars if no one turns up for my film?”

Known for speak­ing his mind on is­sues that mat­ter–be it call­ing out other stars on en­dors­ing fair­ness creams, the ram­pant racism in the in­dus­try, or his views on nepo­tism—Nawaz opines, “You should never be afraid of put­ting up your opin­ions, no mat­ter how dif­fi­cult the sit­u­a­tion gets. And I think I have earned this place where I can ex­press my views if I feel some­thing is wrong.”

PHOTO: WASEEM GASHROO/HT

Sid­diqui, re­fer­ring to his film Haraamkhor, had ear­lier pointed out that crit­ics of­ten over­look a film’s bud­get be­fore declar­ing it a flop

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