Nawazuddin Siddiqui is undoubtedly one of the best actors among Bollywood’s current crop and he makes it a point to balance both hardcore masala films and those minus all glamour. His rising popularity can be gauged by the fact that recently, a fan pulled him back by the neck, all for a selfie, in Kanpur, reports Hindustan Times.
The actor, last seen in Thackeray (2018), says, “I got injured, got a hand fracture and a muscle pull. But its ok, what do we do, it’s their way! (It’s their love).”
However, the audience’s love for stars in general didn’t translate into box office collections in the recent past. Ask him his take on recent films starring superstars not doing well and whether it means the star system doesn’t work, he’s quick to clarify, “One or two films flopped, it doesn’t change anything. Big stars are big stars. Small budget films become a hit, but even they have Bollywood masala in them. We even compromise on content-driven films. We add five songs, comedy Tummbad, Manto (both 2018), these are the hardcore films. Actual content-driven films don’t work. When they work, a change will come.”
Nawazuddin feels the real content-driven cinema wins more recognition abroad. “Films that mostly go for these (foreign) festivals, they are the actual hardcore content-driven films, and they get appreciation.