He admits that he feels ” odd and uncomfortable” at film bashes, yet one can’t miss the twinkle in Nawazuddin Siddiqui’s eyes as he discusses his town, Budhana (Uttar Pradesh).
“I go to Budhana whenever possible. When I’m there, I can see myself from a neutral angle. I can easily compare the ‘professional’ Nawaz to the ‘small town’ Nawaz. Whenever I go there, I feel everything is absolutely normal, and there’s no tension in life; everyone has time there. I was living the same life a few years back,” he says.
Even now, Nawaz likes to work in the farms owned by his family whenever he visits his village. “If I’m in Budhana, I go to our farm fields with my brothers. I feel that to get some breathing space and to know yourself better, there’s no better place than your hometown,” he says.
Ever since I started doing theatre in 1992, there hasn’t been a single day when I’ve been idle. Even when I didn’t have work for 10 years, my mind was working all the time on my performances. For me, that’s (honing his skills) the only way of relaxation,” says Nawaz, who is currently busy with the release of his next, which has been directed by Anurag Kashyap.
“I love working with Anurag only when he doesn’t give me any comfort [as an actor]. I like it when he puts me in an uncomfortable zone. I don’t want to ever go into any comfort zone with a director,” he says. – CINEWS