Right bal­ance means more than right pay cheque for Nawaz

Hindustan Times (Chandigarh) - City - - HTCITY CHANDIGARH - Pooja Sharma ■ pooja.sharma@htlive.com

Ac­tors have their rea­sons for sign­ing main­stream en­ter­tain­ers. Some do it purely for the money, some do it to achieve a wider reach, while oth­ers do it to work with top names. But for Nawazud­din Sid­diqui, who’s known for his off­beat films, it is to main­tain the right bal­ance. He says, “I would do a big com­mer­cial film so that there’s a right mix. Also, I don’t do it all si­mul­ta­ne­ously, as I don’t pre­fer that. And, I don’t do com­mer­cial movies just for the money. Pehle jab mere paas khane ko kuchh nahi tha, tab bhi maine paise ki aukat nahi rakhi. Money is not the only fac­tor.”

Though fame, glam­our and money mat­ter to most, the Manto ac­tor says that th­ese things never ex­cited him. He took up this pro­fes­sion only for the love of act­ing. “I am from the Na­tional School of Drama (NSD), where I did mu­si­cal plays, and a lot of stylised per­for­mances. I have a the­atre back­ground where we per­formed all kinds of plays, from Shake­speare to Rus­sian plays,” says Nawaz. “So, be­fore (big main­stream films such as) Kick (2014), Ba­jrangi Bhai­jaan (2015) or Raees (2017), I’ve por­trayed such char­ac­ters in my plays, too. It’s not nec­es­sary for all plays to be hard­core, off­beat and re­al­is­tic. There are larger-than-life plays, too.”

Re­call­ing his Delhi days, he says, “NSD is a place where one is trained for all kinds of plays. Peo­ple (in cin­ema) put ac­tors in cat­e­gories, no mat­ter how good your per­for­mance is. Just be­cause you’ve done a com­mer­cial film, doesn’t mean your per­for­mance can’t be good. Any­way, nowa­days, con­tent-driven films ke name pe fraud chalta hai. Some­times, th­ese films can be so bor­ing.”

Hav­ing said that, Nawaz feels that an ac­tor should be paid what he or she truly de­serves. Talk­ing about his first pay, he adds, “My first earn­ing was when I used to do street plays. It was de­cent money. I got around five thou­sand, which was not a small amount at that point of time. My mother had mort­gaged her or­na­ments with a jew­eller. So, once I be­gan earn­ing, we re­turned the money. My mother was very happy.”

I would do a big com­mer­cial film so that there’s a right mix... I don’t do com­mer­cial movies just for the money. Pehle jab mere paas khane ko kuchh nahi tha, tab bhi maine paise ki aukat nahi rakhi. NAWAZUD­DIN SID­DIQUI, AC­TOR

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