Character is the new hero in Bollywood: Nawazuddin Siddiqui

Citing example of his latest film ‘Badlapur’, which ditched the cliched image of a hero and a villain, actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui says Bollywood is doing away with fixed caricatures and welcoming character-driven stories.

‘The Lunchbox’ star feels the industry is in an exciting phase right now as even top stars are experimenting with their image.

“Lines are blurring now between character-actors and the typical Bollywood heroes. Today, character is the hero in a film. There is no typical hero or villain now. Like in ‘Badlapur’, Varun and I are both heroes as well as villains.
Ranbir Kapoor plays characters in his film.

“In fact the superstars are also attempting that. I am working with Shah Rukh Khan in ‘Raees’, where he plays a gangster so that is again a character,” Nawazuddin told PTI in an interview.

The 40-year-old actor, who has been immensely praised for his soulful performance of a remorseless goon in ‘Badlapur, said the film was a dream come true for him.

“It was of my dream of past 10 years to work with Sriram (Raghavan). I am really happy that I did ‘Badlapur’. I just had a one line narration, which was ‘A good guy becomes bad and the bad becomes good’ and I decided to do the movie.

“Also the idea of me and Varun cast together excited me as we come from different schools of acting,” Nawazuddin said. The ‘Talaash’ actor said the director is his criterion to do any movie and everything else becomes secondary for him in front of a good filmmaker.

“For me the priority while signing a film is the director. A good director can create wonders even with a bad script but a bad helmer can ruin even the best script. I have no other greed than working with great directors,” he said.