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The most difficult character to play in a film is a common man as it requires the portrayal of subtle, multi-facted emotions, according to “Freaky Ali” star Nawazuddin Siddiqui
“Playing larger-than-life roles are quite easy because that character has a certain image and they are al around us. But grey areas in a human being are a lot more difficult for an actor to master,” he said.
Nawazuddin Siddiqui has aced the common man roles in Bollywood but he feels that maximum stories don’t focus on grey emotions and are only comedy or melodrama.
Best known for his roles in “Kahaani”, “Gangs of Wasseypur”, “Talaash”, Siddiqui feels that the Hindi cinema does not explore ‘nau ras’ (nine emotions) that exist in ‘Natyaashashtra’.
“People watch a film either for laughter or see some emotions. In our films, we only work on two or three emotions but there are other five-six emotions in the Natyashastra but our industry works very less on it. These are the most difficult emotions to present on the big screen,” Siddiqui told PTI.
Quoting Hollywood veteran Robert De Niro, the “Manjhi” star said, “ ‘a person publicly hides his emotions.’ “But in films, we deliberately act. In my case, I prefer to do such roles where I don’t have to show my emotions much.”
Siddiqui who has mostly dealt with intense roles, will be doing a full-fledged comedic role In “Freaky Ali”, for the first time.
“Our stereotype comedy is that actors make weird faces, they use punch lines and put in so much effort to make audience laugh. According to me, it should not be like that… That effort should not be there,” he said.
Siddiqui, 42, also believes that larger-than-life roles are easy to portray rather than playing common parts.
“Freaky Ali”, also starring Arbaaz Khan, Amy Jackson and Jas Arora, will hit the theatres on September 9. – CINEWS