Tuesday November 19, 2019

Actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui Feels That a Bollywood Hero is a Cliché

In fact, Nawazuddin stumbled upon Norton’s India connect while working on the show

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Nawazuddin Siddiqui Buys A Plot To Farm. Flickr
Majority of society in a time warp: Nawazuddin Siddiqui. Flickr

Actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui feels the Bollywood hero is the most clichéd creation one can think of, adding that he likes to keep a distance from that image.

“I have played a variety of roles, be it gangster, a writer or a policeman. Even if I get an opportunity to play the lead hero in a movie, I will do it only on the basis of my style,” Nawazuddin told IANS.

“The Bollywood hero is one of the most clichéd roles (that) you will find. People have this conception on how they see him, the kind of clothes he wears etc. This is a zone I ideally don’t want to be a part of because then you go into an absolute comfort zone,” he added.

According to Nawazuddin, anybody can play the hero but the difficult part is to play the same role differently each time.

“For this, you need an education and practice. According to me, a versatile actor is one who is able to play the same role differently. For example, I have played the mafia don several times, whether it is Faisal Khan or Ganesh Gaitonde. But each role is different, as there is always that one signature dialogue/move that sets the character apart from the other. I did the same even with Dilly Mahmood (in ‘McMafia’) too,” added the actor.

Starting off with bit roles in films such as “Sarfarosh” and “Shool”, Nawazuddin made a name for himself by associating with projects such as “Gangs of Wasseypur”, “The Lunchbox”, “Liar’s Dice”, “Badlapur”, “Manjhi: The Mountain Man”, “Kick”, “Bajrangi Bhaijaan”, “Lion”, “Mom” and “Sacred Games”.

Bollywood actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui strikes a pose during the 19th Annual Colors Screen Awards 2013 in Mumbai, India on January 12, 2013.
Bollywood actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui strikes a pose during the 19th Annual Colors Screen Awards 2013 in Mumbai, India on January 12, 2013. Flickr

The actor was happy to be a part of the television crime drama “McMafia”, which is about Alex Godman (essayed by James Norton), an educated hedge-fund manager who unwillingly gets sucked into the lawless world of his Russian mafia family. Nawazuddin features as Mumbai-based gangster Dilly Mahmood in the show, aired in India on Zee Café.

The show is inspired by the 2009 non-fiction book of the same name by Misha Glenny and explores the world of organised crime.

Talking about his experience of working with director James Watkins on “McMafia”, Nawazuddin said: “James Watkins has been following me since ‘Gangs of Wasseypur’ and it is my performance in this movie, along with ‘Miss Lovely’ and ‘The Lunchbox’, that eventually helped me bag my role in ‘McMafia’.

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“Watkins is an experienced and passionate director and has also directed a few episodes of ‘Black Mirror’. He is somebody who keeps a keen eye for detail and beautifully brings out the smallest element in each shot. On ‘McMafia’, the overall experience was great, not just working with the director but all the other actors who were apart of the show,” he said.

In fact, Nawazuddin stumbled upon Norton’s India connect while working on the show.

“While shooting, he once told me that he had come to India almost 15-20 years ago as a backpacker, and during his stay he ran out of money. In order to make some money, James appeared in the crowd scene of a Bollywood film,” said the Indian actor. (IANS)

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Good News Is When An Actor Works For My Banner At A Lower Price: Karan Johar

Filmmaker Karan Johar, is readying his new multistarrer production "Good Newwz" for a Christmas release

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Karan Johar is readying his new production "Good Newwz". Wikimedia Commons

Filmmaker Karan Johar, who is readying his new multistarrer production “Good Newwz” for a Christmas release, says he feels really happy when an actor agrees to work for his banner at a lower price. He adds that Akshay Kumar, the hero of “Good Newwz”, has not given him any good news so far on that front.

“Good news to me is when an actor agrees to do my film at a low price, but that’s a good news Akshay hasn’t given me so far,” Johar said with a laugh, while interacting with the media at the trailer launch of the film along with the lead cast, comprising Akshay, Kareena Kapoor Khan, Kiara Advani and Diljit Dosanjh, besides director Raj Mehta on Monday in Mumbai.

He added: “I feel if I hear some good news, then there is also a bad news around the corner — unless the good news is about something like the birth of a child. I still remember when I got the information of my two babies, I felt really happy. I feel, after hearing every good news you hear some bad news, and I guess there is some kind of ‘kabhi khushi kabhie gham’ situation that takes place in our lives. So, I don’t hold on to that news with a lot of joy ever. Rather, I am a bit of a cynic that way.”

“Good Newwz” is the third collaboration between Johar and Akshay after “Kesari” and “Brothers”. Next year, Akshay will be seen in “Sooryavanshi”, which is co-produced by Karan Johar’s Dharma Productions.

The film marks the directorial debut of Raj Mehta.

Karan Johar
Karan Johar says that Dharma Productions has always maintained the ethos of treating every artist equally. Wikimedia Commons

Johar admitted the weird spelling of the film’s title was an outcome of his team’s inherent superstitious streak.

“There is a certain inherent superstition in the creative world, so earlier in my career I was obsessed with the alphabet K. I released films starting with alphabet K, which also starred Kareena, but then a few of them didn’t work. I felt it (the urge to name films with K) had stayed with me for no reason, so I gave up on that superstition. After that, I encountered Raj Mehta who is paranoid about everything. He, along with Azeem Dayani — who is the curator of this film’s music — were paranoid and told me that we should name this film ‘A Good News’. I told them ‘A Good News’ is incorrect English. So, they said we would have to change the spelling. We decided to name the film ‘Good Newwz’. Personally, it’s rather ridiculous, but actually everybody has learnt to accept it and envelope it, so I would give credit for the film’s name to Raj and his team,” said Johar.

Asked how he makes sure that equal rights are given to men and women in his production company, which is headed by him, he said: “We at Dharma Productions have always maintained the ethos of making sure that everyone including men, women, artists, and technicians get paid solidly for their craft, art, ability, work and worth. All of us are here from the blend of commerce and art. It is something I endorse strongly. When it comes to female-led films, we always make sure that there never is a disparity from our end.”

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He continued: “We have given profit share to female actors. In near future, you will see producer’s credit given in a female-led film. Where they (actresses) dominate and lead the film, they must have a humongous part of the pie. You will hear announcements in the future where women-lead films produced by Dharma Productions will have strong producer’s credit and profit shares (for heroines). There is and there will not be any disparity in my company.”

“Good Newwz” is scheduled to release on December 27. (IANS)