The National Award-winning Bollywood actor, who shot to fame playing Faisal in Anurag Kashyap’s ‘Gangs Of Wasseypur’ saga after a long stint of Bollywood struggle, perhaps realises it is time to give the stock intense image a break. Despite brilliant performances in recent films such as 'Manto', 'Thackeray' and 'Photograph', his efforts have hardly generated much buzz, reports Times of India.
Interacting with the press on Saturday evening to promote 'Bole Chudiyan', therefore, Nawaz seemed more excited about talking of his experience as a rapper."I am not a singer but I have to say that rapping a song is a different experience, and the credit goes to the music director. Yes, I learned the lyrics and practiced the song, but somewhere it was the music director who extracted the performance from me," he said of his rap contribution in the film's title song, 'Swaggy Chudiyan'. The song will be used in the film in a sequence where his character is seen singing it to sell bangles.
He may be changing his image with 'Bole Chudiyan', but Nawaz, ever the perfectionist, maintains a method approach even while making you understand his decision to sing, "I do not want to be a singer in the near future, but the specific rap song has raw elements that goes well with my voice. That is why they decided to feature my voice," explained Nawaz, who adds that he loves listening to the old Hindi songs.
"As a child, I used to love listening to Mohammad Rafi and Kishore Kumar. I am their fan."
'Bole Chudiyan', pitched in a commercial space of the romantic-drama genre, is crucial for Nawaz also because it marks the feature film directorial debut of his brother Shamas Nawab Siddiqui, who will also look for a successful run for the film, to ensure a smooth launch into the industry.
If generating a buzz is key to a film's success, Nawaz's next film has inadvertently grabbed attention because of a controversy over its leading lady. Popular actress Mouni Roy was initially cast as the film's heroine. Reportedly, her unprofessional behaviour was the reason behind the decision of the makers to replace her with Tamannaah Bhatia opposite Nawazuddin.