Nawazuddin Siddiqui: I didn't come to Mumbai to act in films, hum toh majboori mein films mein aaye | Hindi Movie News - Bollywood - Times of India

Cine-buffs can't seem to get enough of Nawazuddin Siddiqui's fierce performances on screen - irrespective of the size, shade or shape of the role. But, believe it or not, there was a time when his entry as an actor would trigger off laughter among the audience. In his own words, in an exclusive interview with BT, he says, I have done about 100 comedy roles during my theatre days. When I was in Delhi, mera yeh haal ho gaya tha ki jab main stage pe aata tha, log hasna shuru kar dete thay. It would happen to Rajpal Yadav and me. Ajeeb image ban gayi thi, so even my teacher told me, ‘Jab tum Mumbai jaaoge, tab comedy roles mat karna, thoda serious role karna. Mera intense face hai, so I started getting such roles.The straight-faced, self-deprecating sense of humour comes to the fore yet again, when the actor talks of his struggle before he catapulted to the big-league. I didn’t come to Mumbai to act in films, I knew that I didn’t have the personality for that. In fact, I tried television, but didn't get any roles. While auditioning, the cameraman would say, ‘Tere ko shoot karne mein time lagta hai. Extra light lagaani padti hai face pe’. I would say, ‘Kya kare yaar, yehi face leke aaya hoon (laughs!)'. Hum toh majboori mein films mein aaye. Jab TV ke darwaze bandh ho gaye, cinema ke taraf bhaage, kahin na kahin toh bhaagna tha, na. When the doors would open even slightly for movies, I would grab whatever I could get, even ek-do minutes ka roles; I was happy with that. Hamein problem hoti thi jab bhook lagti thi. I would think bhook lagti hai toh khana milna chahiye, that was the only thing that I was worried about, recalls Nawazuddin

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