Nawazuddin Siddiqui is one of the most versatile actors of Bollywood who has proved his mettle in acting with some amazing roles so far in all his movies. Starting from doing cameos in movies where he was barely noticed, Nawauddin with his sheer dedication and hard work went on to bag some challenging roles which made him a star.
Apart from doing some amazing roles in the mainstream cinema, Nawazuddin landed a role in one of the most path-breaking films Manto which is directed by Nandita Das. The bong beauty and actress-turned-director is known for her impeccable work in the world of films. For many directors, star cast plays a vital role and they forget to concentrate on the content. But for Nandita, content has always been a hero and her film Manto is a proof.
She wants to take real-life situations and actors and weave stories that impact and change the way we look at life.
Nawaz is playing the titular role of Indo-Pakistani, Urdu author, writer Saadat Hasan Manto in the flick. Well, what’s more, interesting is that the actor has charged just Re. 1 for the film. Yes, you heard it right!
Director Nandita told IANS, “This is the character that an actor would give an arm and leg for. But to not charge even a nominal fee is very gracious of Nawaz.”
She further added, “Rishi Kapoor and Gurdas Maan said yes in our first meeting. I also reached out to many whom I knew well and have used up all my goodwill to get a stellar cast that truly does justice to the characters in the film.”
Nandita was extremely happy when legendary lyricist Javed Akhtar gave a nod for the film. She said, “I thought it would be quite interesting to have a progressive writer of today defending ‘Manto’. You will see him in a new avatar. So not like Javed saab.”
Lastly, the actress concluded by saying, “Trust me, there is more to life than money! The compensation comes in the form of experience and the joy of working on interesting projects. I, too, have done many such projects and have never looked for ‘monetary compensation’.”