I’m Done With My Quota Of Small Roles, Says Sid­diqui

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Hav­ing risen from an ac­tor who be­gan his ca­reer with small bits in var­i­ous films, Nawazud­din Sid­diqui has clearly reached a point where he has shown not only his ver­sa­til­ity, but also the abil­ity to hold films on his own. The ac­tor, who will be seen play­ing writer Saa­dat Hasan Manto and late Shiv Sena supremo Bal Thack­eray in sep­a­rate films, says he’s done with cameos.

Here for his film Manto, which fea­tures in the Cannes Film Fes­ti­val’s Un Cer­tain Re­gard sec­tion, Nawazud­din was all praise for the film’s di­rec­tor Nan­dita Das’ “im­pec­ca­ble re­search”.

He shies away from nam­ing a favourite di­rec­tor or even shar­ing his wish list. “If I take names, the oth­ers will feel bad about it. As an ac­tor, I only look at sto­ries, script and most im­por­tantly my char­ac­ter in the film. There is also a self­ish­ness that works and I think it’s quite nor­mal that I look for char­ac­ters that will chal­lenge me and push me to the lim­its,” said Nawazud­din.

He is clear that there is no room for any more cameo ap­pear­ances for him. “No, I will not do it any­more (laughs). It’s as sim­ple as that, why will I do them? I am done with my quota of small roles,” he said. Nawazud­din is also ven­tur­ing into pro­duc­tion, tak­ing on projects such as Manto as a co-pro­ducer. “There are some up­com­ing films that I am co-pro­duc­ing as well. My brother is very much into this do­ing the scout­ing for me. I def­i­nitely want to pro­duce films as well,” he said.

He rules out ex­plor­ing foreign shores for roles, say­ing he is con­tent with In­dia and the di­ver­sity of roles he is get­ting to do. “For the time be­ing, I am sat­is­fied that all my di­rec­tors in In­dia are giv­ing me char­ac­ters that are pretty chal­leng­ing and I am happy do­ing those. Just for the sake of a brand­ing that I am an in­ter­na­tional star, I would not do that. How many films in the world are like Manto? Very few. So, I have no such pre­de­ter­mined af­fil­i­a­tion for in­ter­na­tional projects. I am proud of Nan­dita and a film like this is no way less than any in­ter­na­tional film.”

Nawazud­din Sid­diqui.

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