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‘After years of struggle, I am getting fair due as an actor’, Nawazuddin Siddiqui

44-year-old, actor has completed over two decades in the Indian film industry.


Bollywood actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui is all geared up for the release of his forthcoming film Thackeray. Another biopic to his credit, this time it’s a tough character to perceive for the silver screen.

The celebrity star says he hates taking up roles which do not challenge his range as a performer.

“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 only new, different and challenging roles for me”, added Nawazuddin Siddiqui

While talking to the media at a promotional event of his upcoming film Thackeray, he said, “You have got only one life, try experimenting new things… and that’s what I want to do”.

In the film, he will be seen playing the role of late Shiv Sena supremo Balasaheb Thackeray. According to Nawazuddin, portraying Balasaheb’s life on-screen was quite tough.


He said, “Balasahebji was an iconic figure… I am honored that I am doing a film based on his life. He was a cartoonist, writer, and political figure. His journey has inspired me a lot”.

“It was a tough and challenging role for me because he was an iconic figure and while doing the film on him, the only thing which remained in my mind was that through my acting, I have to do justice to the role. So, I researched a lot about him, I watched a lot of his videos, speeches and Sanjay Raut (writer) helped me in giving details about Balasahebji’s life”, he further added.

Nawazuddin Siddiqui became the popular name of Bollywood with the success of 2012 film Gangs of Wasseypur. From playing a small pickpocket’s role in Munna Bhai M.B.B.S. to wooing the audience with his role in films like Gangs of Wasseypur 2 and Badlapur, the 44-year-old, has completed over two decades in the Indian film industry.

He also spoke about his journey in the film industry and how Mumbai helped him fulfill his dreams.

He added, “I am fortunate enough that after years of struggle, I am getting fair due as an actor. Mumbai is a city of dreams…Everyday someone’s dream is getting fulfilled here. No other city is like Mumbai… this place has some different aura.

“Thousands of people migrate to Mumbai to fulfill their dreams. Despite hailing from a small village in Uttar Pradesh, I went there (Mumbai)… struggled hard and made my dreams come true”, Nawazuddin further added.

the authorSaman Siddiqui
Saman Siddiqui, A freelance journalist with a Master’s Degree in Mass Communication and MS in Peace and Conflict Studies. Associated with the media industry since 2006. Experience in various capacities including Program Host, Researcher, News Producer, Documentary Making, Voice Over, Content Writing Copy Editing, and Blogging, and currently associated with OyeYeah since 2018, working as an Editor.

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