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Amid Thackeray release, Nawazuddin Siddiqui says ‘I don't endorse any ideology’

Nawazuddin Siddiqui Says He Does Not Advocate Any Ideology.

PTI | Updated on: 23 Jan 2019, 06:07:51 PM
Nawazuddin Siddiqui says he does not advocate any ideology.


Nawazuddin Siddiqui says he does not advocate any ideology and believes no actor should have a take on any situation.

The actor is gearing up for the release of Thackeray, a biopic on late Shiv Sena patriarch Bal Thackeray, who advocated the “Maharashtra for Maharashtrians” plank in the late 1960s.

Nawazuddin says an iron-clad ideology can hinder an artiste’s growth, something he wants to steer clear of.

“I don’t have any ideology, philosophy or take on anything. I am not a judgemental person. I am an actor and my job is to take up every role that excites me. If I will have a set ideology, my growth as an actor will be affected. I don’t think actors should have their own ideologies,” he told PTI in an interview.

The actor adds he feels blessed that he is getting the opportunity to play diverse roles - be it progressive Urdu writer Saadat Hasan Manto, notorious ganglord Gaitonde or Thackeray.

Known for his provocative statements, Thackeray targeted south Indians, accusing them of snatching jobs from local Marathi youths, in the late 1960s. He also dominated the headlines for his anti-Muslim comments.

Nawazuddin says Thackeray was someone who understood the pain of the people and he only concentrated on showing the leader’s journey in the film.

“He was one person who helped thousands of needy people who were left jobless when the mills shut down. He was a renowned cartoonist, so what was the need for him to help these people? But he did. He understood the pain and emotions of these people.

“He encouraged people to take up higher studies, gain technical knowledge, take up jobs in various fields. His contribution is huge. As an actor I focused on getting his journey right.”

The actor observes that Thackeray was “not a hypocrite” but was a man who was never afraid to share his point of view.

“People loved him for his honesty,” he adds.

When senior Shiv Sena leader and film’s writer-producer Sanjay Raut approached him to play the title role in the biopic, Nawazuddin recalls feeling both excitement and nervous.

“I got a call from his (Raut’s) assistant from out of the blue. Within minutes of our meeting, he told me ‘You are doing ‘Thackeray’, the film’.

“I had no clue what was happening and they explained all the details to me. I couldn’t say much at that time, I kept quiet.”

Nawazuddin’s casting to play Thackeray came as a surprise and the actor says perhaps the makers thought he was the best man for the job.

Not so long ago, in the years before he became a star, the actor from Budhana village in UP’s Muzaffarnagar reportedly could not act in the local Ram Lila because of his minority status following objections from the local Shiv Sena unit.

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First Published : 23 Jan 2019, 06:07:33 PM