Nawazuddin Siddiqui on nepotism: 'Most outsiders are past their prime when they finally get opportunities'

Speaking about his appeal among female fans, Nawazuddin Siddiqui said, 'Today, if someone calls me hot, I know that it is because of my work and I take it seriously.'

FP Staff July 20, 2017 18:10:30 IST
Nawazuddin Siddiqui on nepotism: 'Most outsiders are past their prime when they finally get opportunities'

Nawazuddin Siddiqui recently spoke about the skin colour-based discrimination he faced in Bollywood. He tweeted, "Thank you for making me realise that I cannot be paired along with the fair and handsome because I am dark and not good looking."

Nawazuddin Siddiqui on nepotism Most outsiders are past their prime when they finally get opportunities

Nawazuddin Siddiqui. Image from News 18

Talking about this subject in an interview to Bombay Times, he said that the problem of skin-colour based discrimination is not limited to India, and that such a thought process is dangerous. He said that he does not take his looks or discrimination seriously, adding, "Today, if someone calls me hot, I know that it is because of my work and I take it seriously."

Siddiqui also said that he is able to experiment because he does not have a 'hero' tag, adding that he does not wish to be the flag-bearer of one type of cinema, like art-house or so-called 'realistic' films.

He said that he does not believe he is being a rebel by doing commercial cinema now, just because he used to be a theatre actor. This is because he views films as belonging to only to two categories — good and bad. At the same time, he does not bother with the box office figures of his films, because he says that will affect his performance as an actor. He said that he considers his role and his takeaways from any film as being the most important.

Speaking about the issue of nepotism in Bollywood, Siddiqui said that he has struggled during his career, which is why he would want to help his children, if they wanted to become actors. But he asserted that the children of stars do get opportunities because of their parents, while outsiders are barely afforded any, and by the time they do, they are way past their time.

Interestingly, he thinks that superstars are important to the Bollywood film industry, because their fan-following allows movies to earn at the box office, which in turn provide the investment to make more films. He warns that Hollywood will take over the film market in India, if superstars 'go extinct'.

Siddiqui's upcoming projects include Munna Michael and Baabumoshai Bandookbaaz.

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