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Nawazuddin Disrespecting a Woman to Sell his Book, says Niharika Singh

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Nawazuddin disrespecting a woman to sell his book:Niharika Singh

Mumbai, Oct 24: Former beauty queen Niharika Singh is upset that her “Miss Lovely” co-star Nawazuddin Siddiqui did not take her consent before sharing their personal equation with the world in his memoir. She says the way he has “painted” her image, it appears he doesn’t mind disrespecting a woman to boost the sales of his book.

In a statement, Niharika said: “Nawaz and I had a brief relationship in 2009 during the making of ‘Miss Lovely’ that lasted less than a few months. So today, when he paints me as a woman in fur enticing him into her bedroom with candles, or desperately calling him and mailing other women on his behalf, I can only laugh.

“He obviously wants to sell his book and it would appear that he is willing to exploit and disrespect a woman just to do so.”

Excerpts from “An Ordinary Life” (Penguin Random House, 240-page), a memoir that Nawazuddin has come out with Rituparna Chatterjee, have revealed that the National Award winning actor has spoken extensively on his personal life and relationships.

One of these is focussed on his bond with Niharika.

He writes: “For the very first time, I went to Niharika’s house… When she opened the door, revealing a glimpse of the house, I was speechless with amazement. A hundred, or so it seemed, little candles flickered beautifully. She wore soft faux fur, looking devastatingly gorgeous, her beauty illuminated even more in the candlelight.

“And I, being the lusty village bumpkin that I am, scooped her up in my arms and headed straight for the bedroom. We made passionate love. And just like that, out of the blue, I began a relationship with Niharika Singh, a relationship which I did not know then would last for almost one and a half years.”

He has also claimed that she sent emails on his behalf to one of his former lovers.

Niharika is livid.

“He has chosen to fabricate stories and manipulate a fleeting relationship. None of what he has written has been with my knowledge, let alone my consent. It is this very aspect of Nawaz that caused me to end my relationship with him in the first place. I have always maintained that he’s a brilliant actor.

“However, I had hoped these acting skills would have remained confined only to the screen. Still, I wish him well.”(IANS)

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Society Can’t Accept Negative Traits in Heroes, Says Nawazuddin Siddiqui

" I love doing challenging roles. With each film, I want to try something new. I hate doing roles in my comfort zone... I want to be a versatile actor. Now I look up to more new, different and challenging roles," he added

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Nawazuddin Plans To Start Farming NExt Month With His Brother. Flickr
Nawazuddin Plans To Start Farming NExt Month With His Brother. Flickr

Actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui has been praised for his portrayal of Bal Thackeray in “Thackeray”, but the movie, based on late Shiv Sena supremo who had a controversial political career, has been slammed by some critics for being biased. The critically acclaimed actor says Indian audiences do not like to see the protagonist in shades of grey and that if only the negative side of the protagonist is reflected on the big screen, this will severly impact the box office.

Addressing the critical reviews of the film, Nawazuddin told IANS in a telephonic interview: “For the past 40-50 years, we have been continuously presenting our heroes in a good light. The audience does not like to see the protagonist with grey shades. If I portray the only negative side of the protagonist, then it will not run at the box office.”

“Our society is not ready to see the negative traits in the heroes. My previous films ‘Manto’ and ‘Raman Raghav 2.0’ did not perform well. I tried my best to present the characters in those films without any polishing, but with lukewarm responses… I realised that our audience is not ready to see our heroes with negative characteristics.”

Keeping aside the critical reviews of “Thackeray”, Nawazuddin Siddiqui is “overwhelmed” to get his first biggest opening movie to date as a solo lead. The film registered over Rs 6 crore on Day 1 of its release (January 25).

“I am overwhelmed with the responses and love which I am receiving from people. I am thankful to all of them. With ‘Thackeray’, I got my first biggest opening as the solo lead role. I am honoured and blessed that I got an opportunity to play Balasahebji on screen.”

But the 44-year-old also said he does not like “giving much attention to box office collections”.

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

“Honestly speaking, I don’t pay much heed to a film’s collection and numbers. But it is a weird place, many people judge films on the basis of the collection, no matter what the content is.

“So many films have been made in our industry in which actors have performed well, but the film did not do well in terms of collections…and then they got declared as flops. And there are also so many films in which actors didn’t perform well but the film turned out to be the biggest hit just because it collected a good amount at the box office…weird. So, in such scenarios I also can’t totally overlook the box office collection of the films.”

Talking about the film’s success, Nawazuddin Siddiqui said that “Thackeray” has motivated him to keep doing “challenging roles” in future projects.

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“It feels good that when your work is appreciated and now ‘Thackeray’ is doing so well, it is inspiring me to keep pushing my limits and do more challenging roles on screen.

“I love doing challenging roles. With each film, I want to try something new. I hate doing roles in my comfort zone… I want to be a versatile actor. Now I look up to more new, different and challenging roles,” he added. (IANS)