Actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui recently weighed in on the insider vs outsider debate. The Sacred Games actor reportedly said that he isn’t bothered by nepotism, as the films that are most affected by it don’t appeal to him. Nawaz also alluded that the actors who usually appear in such films aren’t particularly talented.
In an interview with with a website the actor said, “There are thousands of filmmakers who work outside the formula. If you dream of one day becoming a hero or a heroine, in films with five dance numbers, then that is what you deserve. There’s a long queue of actors wanting to do those films.”
Adding further he said, “You should also know where your talent will be used.” Recalling a sage advice given to him by director Anurag Kashyap, Nawaz said that the Kashyap told him that he should focus on working with directors who could give him good roles, because with his appearance like his, he is most likely to be wasted in mainstream films. “I am sorry to say, these Bollywood formula films do not require talented actors,” he said.
Nawaz shared that while it is entirely an aspirant’s choice to invest in their ‘grooming’ like dance, appearance etc, he personally feels that it has nothing to do with acting. “But if you come with the knowledge of your craft, there is no point in pursuing formula films” he said.
The actor revealed that he is more concerned about how many people watch his films than the box office numbers they post. Nawaz said that he can assess a streaming film’s reception sans the box office figures, based wholly upon the feedback he receives.
Nawazuddin was last seen in a Netflix original murder mystery Raat Akeli Hai opposite Radhika Apte and Zee5 film Ghoomketu.