We met Nawazuddin Siddiqui last week at his Versova office. The room in which we were seated was adorned with posters of the actor’s films. A few shelves were stacked with books featuring the writings of Saadat Hasan Manto, Ismat Chughtai and other iconic Indian authors. As he eased up on a lounge chair, the 42-year-old began to talk about his career, and why he doesn’t like to term movies as commercial or indie cinema.
You became famous after the release of Gangs Of Wasseypur (GOW; 2012). Why did it take you so long to establish yourself?
I was working hard since 2000. [With the release of GOW] people’s perception of me changed. When you start doing well, people start viewing you in a different light. My job is to keep doing films. People can keep changing their opinion as and when they please. I have understood that you can never be [too] late. If you’re getting what you want after 40 years of struggle, it means you’re not late. If you want something wholeheartedly, your entire life may not be enough to achieve it.