Nawazuddin Siddiqui personifies the common man’s takeover of Bollywood. Slowly stepping into lead-actor roles, the man from the little-known town of Budhana, Uttar Pradesh, has acted in all the major films of Bollywood in recent times – Black Friday, New York, Peepli Live, Kahani, Gangs of Wasseypur, Talaash – winning a Special Jury Award at the 60th National Film Awards.
He is now working in Bengali auteur Buddhadev Dasgupta’s Hindi film, Anwar ka Ajab Kissa.
Anwar ka Ajab Kissa is about a man working as a small-time detective in an agency. How difficult or easy is it to portray ‘smallness,’ ‘small-townness’?