“I have played a variety of roles, be it gangster, a writer or a
policeman. Even if I get an opportunity to play the lead hero in a
movie, I will do it only on the basis of my style,” Nawazuddin told
“The Bollywood hero is one of the most cliched roles
(that) you will find. People have this conception on how they see him,
the kind of clothes he wears etc. This is a zone I ideally don’t want to
be a part of because then you go into an absolute comfort zone,” he
added. According to Nawazuddin, anybody can play the hero but the
difficult part is to play the same role differently each time.
this, you need an education and practice. According to me, a versatile
actor is one who is able to play the same role differently. For example,
I have played the mafia don several times, whether it is Faisal Khan or
Ganesh Gaitonde. But each role is different, as there is always that
one signature dialogue/move that sets the character apart from the
other. I did the same even with Dilly Mahmood (in McMafia) too,” added
Talking about his experience of working with director
James Watkins on McMafia, Nawazuddin said: “James Watkins has been
following me since Gangs of Wasseypur and it is my performance in this
movie, along with Miss Lovely and The Lunchbox, that eventually helped
me bag my role in McMafia.
“While shooting, he once told me that
he had come to India almost 15-20 years ago as a backpacker, and during
his stay he ran out of money. In order to make some money, James
appeared in the crowd scene of a Bollywood film,” said the Indian actor.
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