Nawaz: Important for films going to international festivals to make money

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Actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui says that even though there are many small films which are appreciated at various festivals, it’s also important that these films make money at the box office.

“Mere liye films box office pe chalni chahiye. There are so many films who do well at festivals, but then they lose out at the box office. What you present should be so interesting that it gets critically appreciated and also makes money,” says Nawazuddin.

“In the last one year, a lot of films got appreciated at various festivals, but did not make money at the box office. So maybe somewhere we lack in presentation. Agar itni achi film hai toh log kyun nai accept kar rahe hain. Agar yeh filmein chalengi toh aage aur banegi. Otherwise like parallel cinema, this will also die,” he adds.

Actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui says that Bollywood actors just get Hollywood roles because of the work their agents put in.

At a time when many actors such as Deepika Padukone and Priyanka Chopra are making their mark in Hollywood, Nawazuddin says that he has no such aspirations as yet. “It’s not that yeh log bahut ache actors hai isiliye select ho rahe hain (for Hollywood). Wahaan pe selection ka criteria hai ki aapko agent rakhna padhta hai. Woh thodhi na aapki filmein dekhte hain.The fact that you have an agent, is why you are selected. Mera koi agent nai hai, agar mujhe thappa lagwana hoga, toh agent rakh lunga,” he says.

“People feel that just because they are acting in a Hollywood film, they are good actors. This is not true. We also have great films being made here with good actors,” he adds.