Bollywood actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui feels that masala films don’t provide scope for performance, thereby making him hesitant to accept any. He says that small budget films have allowed him to portray various shades of him as an actor.
In an interview Nawaz said, “I’m not always able to select those films which follow a particular trend. All my solo films such as Manjhi and Raman Raghav 2.0 are different. They are not typical Bollywood films, which are generally liked by the audience. The kind of films I do, might be difficult to understand but they have a lot of scope to perform, which I enjoy the most.”
Recently, Babumoshai Bandookbaaz had garnered decent numbers in box office. The actor, therefore, said that it is unbelievable that the film would gain positive response despite of having an adult content.
“The film had a limited budget and the content was also adult so we were scared whether or not people will come to theaters to watch it.” “We were unsure of the business because we made quite a different and besharam (shameless) film as the characters were also unlikeable. But I’m happy that people from small towns went to see the movie and liked it,” he said.
The critics had displayed their condemnation towards the film but audiences’ feedback matters most to Nawazuddin. “Nowadays any critic can bash a film in whichever way they want to. Everyone knows that they would only criticize. Some of them are biased. They often appreciate only certain people because of groupism. I’m not saying all critics are same, but for me the most important thing is how the audience is reacting to my film. What would I do with four stars if no one turns up for my film? So, what the audience thinks is the most important thing,” he said.
As Nawaz believes in expressing his opinion fearlessly, he opinionated against Bollywood actors promoting fairness cream. He said, “You should always express what you feel and never be afraid of putting up your opinions, no matter how difficult the situation gets. And I think I have earned this place where I can express my views if I feel something is wrong. Promoting a fairness cream is shamelessness. Stars must stop endorsing it. I keep saying this and I’ll always say that people should be ashamed of themselves for endorsing the fairness creams.”