Nawazuddin Siddiqui is one of the most versatile actors of Bollywood. His journey has its ups and downs. In a recent interview, Nawazuddin opened up about his struggling days. He shared how he was rejected because of his appearance. The actor revealed that a TV show once refused to cast him as they would 'have to put on extra lights on him'.
Speaking to News18.com, Nawazuddin shared, "Wherever I used to go, they used to tell me that I do not look like an actor and that's why I should find some other work. 'Actors are not like this, you are not an actor. Why are you wasting time?' I had to hear this, from office to office. But finally, it took me 9-10 years. There came directors who were making realistic movies. We emerged with them."
He added, "Those films never used to work here, but they used to get appreciation at film festivals. That's when commercial filmmakers thought of us as authentic and decided to cast us. They made films with us. That's how I got acceptance." ALSO READ:Nawazuddin Siddiqui Says 'More Than Nepotism, The Industry Has Racism Problem'; Actor Adds, 'I Have Been Fighting It For Years'
He then talked about an incident when a TV show refused to cast him. He said, "'Aap log dikhte nhi ho like actors', 'You are unconventional', what else can be harsh than this? When I used to ask for work in TV shows, they used to tell me 'We cannot cast you because it will take more time. We'll have to put on extra lights, whereas we have to send one episode every day. If we cast you, it will take 1.5 days, we'll face losses. Better you find somebody else'. Then I decided to find work in movies. I was getting hardly a scene there or maybe a 40-seconds scene or one minute or two. For 5-6 years it went like this. Then I started getting two scenes. It went on like this for another five years."
Over the years, Nawazuddin has been a part of movies like Gangs of Wasseypur, The Lunchbox, Manto and more. He is currently awaiting the release of his film Heropanti 2 which also stars Tiger Shroff and Tara Sutaria.