Nawaz would love some romance...
... in his roles. The actor, who is promoting his upcoming Photograph, however adds that there is no fun in playing characters that do not exist around him
After basking in the success of his last release Thackeray, Nawazuddin Siddiqui is back to promoting his upcoming project Photograph. Congratulate him on Thackeray and he replies, “People who know me and my fans weren’t sure that I will be able to pull off the character of Balasaheb Thackeray but they enjoyed watching the film.”
The actor says that he is open to doing more regional films if the character and script are strong.
As for Photograph which is releasing on March 15, it’s a coming-of-age romantic/comedy/drama directed by Ritesh Batra. And with that, the audience will see the actor in a love story for the first time. He says that it’s the simplicity of the story which he liked and the same is being liked by the audience too. “That’s the thing with Ritesh Batra, he tells his stories in a simple manner,” Nawaz says.
In addition to that, says Nawazuddin, the subtle romantic angle in the film also attracted him. “That’s Ritesh’s style, he keeps everything so subtle and simple.”
The actor says that he wants to do more love stories in the future. “I enjoy playing the romantic hero but not the conventional one,” he says, adding, “I do not like doing the typical, non-existent kind of roles. There is no fun playing characters which do not exist around me.” He adds that he enjoys playing characters on which he has to work hard. “Having said that, I enjoy playing all kinds of characters but I can’t do the cliché roles. There is no fun in it as there isn’t much to do.”
But then, the definition of heroism is changing in Bollywood now. Mainstream actors are playing heroes who exist in society, and not larger-than-life. The Badlapur actor does not think so. “Not much has really changed. The day things will really change, is the day when films like Court, Manto,Tumbbad will become box-office hits. Changes have happened in small pockets,” he points out.
Playing subtle and non-stereotypical roles like the one he is playing in Photograph is difficult, he says. “There is a lot of hardwork behind that ease and simplicity — it’s difficult to picturise the scenes. While working on Photograph, we (Ritesh and I) had put in a lot of thought behind the character, how it should look and so on,” he says.
Photograph is also Nawaz’s second project with Ritesh. The duo has worked together in the critically acclaimed The Lunch Box. “Ritesh knew me and my personality, so it was easy. It made the entire process of working smooth. When you know your actor personally and in depth, it helps the director,” he quips.
Photograph also stars Badhaai Ho fame Sanya Malhotra.