Nawazud­din Sid­diqui puts all on hold to prep for new role

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Nawazud­din Sid­diqui is gear­ing up to play one of the big­gest roles of his ca­reer so far. The ac­tor will por­tray the late politi­cian and Shiv Sena chief Balasa­heb Thackeray in a biopic.

Nawazud­din says that the re­sponse he re­ceived for his look af­ter the film’s teaser was re­leased has been “phe­nom­e­nal”. He adds, “I never even thought that I would be ap­proached for the part, let alone be­ing able to pull it off. But the mak­ers were con­fi­dent that I could play the role. The fact that they chose me was over­whelm­ing.”

In­ci­den­tally, Amitabh Bachchan played a char­ac­ter be­lieved to have been mod­elled on Bal Thackeray in the film Sarkar (2005). Nawazud­din has ap­par­ently taken three months off work to pre­pare for the role. The big­gest chal­lenge, he says, is pre­vent­ing the por­trayal from com­ing off as a car­i­ca­ture.

He says, “There are lots of videos of him on the In­ter­net and peo­ple have known him, so I have to be sure that I’m not screw­ing it up. I don’t want it to be a mimicry of him ei­ther. I have to mas­ter the tone in which he spoke. I’ve also hired a tu­tor to teach me Marathi. I need to get the body lan­guage right. There’s a lot of work to be done, but I’m ready for it. I’ve can­celled ev­ery­thing for a cou­ple of months, be­cause I want to fo­cus on this.”

Nawazud­din is known for pick­ing un­con­ven­tional roles, and the ac­tor con­fesses that the box-of­fice per­for­mance of his movies doesn’t bother him. “Given the kind of films I do, I don’t ex­pect too much any­way. Peo­ple usu­ally don’t un­der­stand my kind of films, be­cause they’re dif­fi­cult. I make dif­fer­ent choices, so I’m aware that my films may or may not work. But if you’ve cho­sen to be an ac­tor, you should only be in­ter­ested in your growth and evo­lu­tion,” he says. “The process of work­ing should in­ter­est you and that’s all that you should be wor­ried about. The box-of­fice out­come doesn’t bother me at all. I won’t be able to play a typ­i­cal hero, be­cause I will al­ways play it my way and make it re­al­is­tic.”

PHOTO: AMAL KS/HT

Nawazud­din Sid­diqui

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