Nawazuddin Siddiqui: After his popularized role as Ganesh Gaitonde in the Netflix series ‘Sacred Games’, Nawazuddin Siddiqui has worked in a British TV series and is also happy with the opportunities he is getting in India. Talking about his plans on International projects, Nawazuddin Siddiqui opens up about his reasons for not willing to work outside the country.
Expecting the international directors to approach him he says “The thing is to work there I will have to hire an agent there and keep monitoring everything that is happening there. Main sochta hoon ki unko mere paas aana chahiye. If they want to work with me then they will have to approach me,”
Despising the idea of working for money, he further expresses his quest for a quality work saying “Much like the craze in Pakistani actors to work in Bollywood, Indian actors too want to work in Hollywood. I don’t want to be one of them. Mujhe bhi lalach hain, par achha kaam karne ka… If I’m getting to do good work here in India then why should I look for work in Hollywood?…,”
Proving that physical features are not necessary for earning fame in Bollywood, Nawazuddin Siddiqui’s all web series have been hit till the date. However, he is worried if things will remain the same for long or not. (Nawazuddin Siddiqui)
He believes that in India if a show goes hit then a lot of content form it is copied to reproduce a new material due to which the original content loses its worth. “Web is definitely creating good content and also experimenting a lot. And we are getting to see such fabulous actors. I really enjoyed watching Delhi Crimes, the actors in the show were so good. But I am worried till when this phase is going to stay. Everything starts on an interesting note but then slowly things start changing. Web k liye achhe content ban rahe hain par aisa no ho ki yahan pe bhi log bher ki chal chalne lagey… Agar aap dekho ek film hit hoti hain to phir ek k baad ek wasehi bahut sare films bantey hain, web bhi wahin na ban jaye…,”
When questioned about the ongoing star-actor debate in Bollywood he said that Bollywood is very different from Hollywood. There exists a thin line between star and actor in Bollywood.
“Yahan pe hona mushkil hain. Aisa itihas mein nahin hua. Par Hollywood mein doosri baat hain. Wahan pe lok actor bhi hain aur star bhi. Things have been categorized here ki yeh star hain, who actor hain. Naseeruddin Shah is a fabulous actor, but is he also considered a star? So only when a film on a budget of 70-80 crore will get made with an actor, can we say that an actor and a star are the same,” he concludes.