AIB teamed up with Nawazuddin Siddiqui in a podcast to promote the actor’s next release Haraamkhor.
I was expecting it to be another run-of-the-mill promo where the actor goes on and on about their upcoming movie.
Only, it wasn’t!
The podcast turned out to be 20 mins of insightful conversation about the Bollywood industry, indie films, and method acting.
The best part? Nawazuddin didn’t hold back and dropped one truth bomb after another. Check it out:
On the Difference Between Big-Budget and Indie Movies
Obviously, everyone LOL-ed like crazy at the this.
After a laughter fit, Nawazuddin went on to explain his bomb AF metaphor. He said that a small, good scene in a big film gets a lot of applause while several such scenes in a low-budget, indie movie goes unnoticed.
True, Nawaz, true.
On the Weird Things that Directors Say to Woo Him
Tanmay asks Nawazuddin what are the three things that piss him off when directors approach him with a film.
The actor goes on to reveal the hilarious ways in which they indirectly typecast him.
It’s sad that Nawazuddin Siddiqui, one of the finest actors in Bollywood, ends up getting only small and similar roles. When will Bollywood get over its obsession with stars so that we get to see some real acting??
On Working in Hollywood
When asked if he is looking forward to working in Hollywood, Nawaz says that while it’s good for actors who are doing it, he doesn’t want to do it just for the sake of it. He’ll only accept a role if it has enough credibility, like the one in his upcoming British drama series Mac Mafia.
That must have been an epic burn for Priyanka Chopra and Deepika Padukone!
On Stoned Method Acting
Nawaz recalls how during the shooting of Gangs of Wasseypur, he took two to three drags (of a joint) and then went to do a long scene.
Well, that explains a lot.
On Getting Back to Reality After a Movie
Nawazuddin Siddiqui is one actor who gets into the skin of a character and totally owns it. So, obviously it must have some impact on his mind and life.
The actor told AIB that while doing Raman Raghav, he went off to an isolated place in Lonavala to prepare for his role. At one point, he got so involved in the thought process of the serial killer that he starting getting scared of himself.
So, how does he get back to real life?
Nawaz said that he goes back to his village and talks to people to connect with his inner self.
That’s some method acting! I mean, wow.
On Why Bollywood Doesn’t Move Beyond Formulaic Movies
To this, Nawaz says that the biggest culprit is audiences.
He adds that there are very few people who would choose an off-beat indie film over a star-studded masala flick. He recalls an incident during the shooting of Gangs of Wasseypur, in Benaras.
On Fraud Films and “Realistic” Acting
Nawaz points out a new trend in Bollywood performances: “realistic“ acting. He rightly says that simply muttering a few words non-dramatically is just casual, and not realistic.
Seems like he’s talking about the entire Bollywood industry barring a talented few like himself.
On Working with SRK and Salman
Ahem, dunno what Salman bhai has to say about this comment.
About SRK, Nawaz said that he keeps going till he gets the right shot. He also added that given SRK’s theatre background, Nawaz felt like he was working with a real actor.
Oh well, I’m sure the Raees star will be very happy to receive this compliment from his co-actor.
Well, those were some epic burns and savage truths, Nawaz! You can watch the full video here:
We just hope that he keeps performing amazing roles and brings about a change in this stagnant film industry. And for those of you who don’t know about Haraamkhor, watch the trailer here. The movie releases on the 13th of January.