Nawazuddin Siddiqui is doing a film with Anurag Kashyap again, and this time too, the role is of a serious kind. The actor’s real and raw roles in intelligent films are no more a surprise, we ask him if he’s lately been limiting his options as a hero with fewer lead roles and too many intensity
You usually do serious roles. Do you ever feel like getting away from it to do hero stuff?
Hero banna toh sabse easy hai. (It’s very easy to become a hero). Dancing around trees, wearing red shirts, glamourous show-sha, yeh toh koi bhi kar sakta hai. Har gali mein ek hero hai. (Any one can do that, there is a hero in every lane). There’s nothing challenging about a starry role, they’re all the same, too clichéd. Why should I do 50 of those films of the same kind? I’d rather take up a 9-to-5 job. I’m an actor. And this is a good time in Indian cinema to be an actor.
Do you think the story of your difficult journey to Bollywood often overshadows the success of your arrival itself?
I talk about my struggle when someone asks me about my background. But people ask me about my background only because of my success in a certain film. That’s how they know me, and want to know more about me.
Your character in your next film, Shorts, sounds grim and grave.
My character in the film is very aloof, but observant, he looks at things differently. Kai baar voh baat karna chahta hai, but usey pata nahi hota kya bolna hai (Many times, he wants to talk, but doesn’t know what to say).
How much of that character are you in real life?
I believe every character you play is actually some part of you. In this case, I am about 15 per cent of it. This film is a coming together of five unknown but talented directors; we are not exactly expecting a box-office bang, but are hoping it’ll be great for a certain audience.
Your family in flood-stricken Uttarakhand has been through so much, and you’ve said you will volunteer and help. How do you plan to do that, and how do you think others can be of help?
They are okay now. My brother is doing relief work and I’m going there to assist him in whatever way he wants me to. We can’t really control natural calamities, especially in a sensitive zone such as this, but humara farz hai (it’s our duty), to help in whatever capacity we can and to not over-commercialise a place to the extent of devastation.