Knowing Nawazuddin Siddiqui

Actor talks about his regrets and favourite memory

IMG_5119-RecoveredWhat’s been keeping you busy?
I have just finished shooting for an out-and-out comedy called Dhoomketu. I am also busy with the promotions for Miss Lovely. I am tense because the film does not have any big names backing it and neither is it being promoted on a grand level. But, it is a big deal for me because the film is finally getting a release.

What is your biggest regret?
That there was such a long gap between my preparatory days at the National School of Drama and the start of my professional career. But, better late than never.

What is your biggest achievement?
I always wanted to become an actor. I am in the process of becoming one, and that is my biggest achievement. As an actor, I can lead many lives through the various roles I get to play. Nothing is better than that.

What is the one resolution you break often?
I never make annual resolutions, I make long-term resolutions. If I have to achieve something, I can even dedicate 30 years to get it.

What is the one thing every man should know about women?
I think you should not try to know or understand anything about them. The more you try, the more confused you will get.

What is the one film you wish you had acted in?

What is the one thing you have always desired?
I am always looking for a space that is only mine, where no one is allowed, not even cellphones.

Tell us about an experience that has been life-changing for you.
Shooting for the last scene of Gangs of Wasseypur – Part 2. Before Kahaani, it was common for me to get bullied around. The pent-up frustration finally found release in the scene. I realised that I should have always been strong-willed and confident, like my character in the film.

What is your favourite place on earth?
New York. Whenever I have been there, I have had fantastic experiences.

What irritates you most about people?
I don’t like people who are judgmental and react without thinking.

What is the one skill every man should possess?
Having common sense and knowing how to use it.

Who are the people who have inspired you?
My professors from my theatre days had a huge impact on my life. I used to be a stand-up comic, and one of them specifically, Valentine Caplico, helped me bloom into an actor.

A word/phrase you overuse?

If you were not an actor, what would you like to be?
I’d like to live the life of a rockstar for a day.

What, according to you, is an overrated virtue?
Honesty. We should worry about right and wrong. If a lie can save someone’s life, that is right. There is no use of honesty if it ruins someone’s life.

What makes you happy?
I feel happy when someone criticises an error that only I have noticed. It shows that the person has paid attention to my work.

What is your favourite memory?
My NSD days, especially the day I got selected.