Munna Michael actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui: I came to Mumbai with Rs 2500


His first Bollywood break was a small role in Aamir Khan’s Sarfarosh. “I choose my projects as per my sensibility. Nawaz says earning money and fame is not his aim and hence fear of losing them does not bother him. I never pick films to prove that I am different or to show that I can do something which no one else can. There were times when I felt like leaving Mumbai. “Of course, perception of people has changed towards me,but I am still the same. But before giving him his due, Mumbai tested Nawazuddin Siddiqui’s patience so much so that the actor has now become fear-proof. “For 12 long years, I kept waiting but it was my choice.I chose to stay and keep trying. “But I did not want to return to my village as people had already told me that I could not be an actor. I did not get time to sit and analyse my success or stardom. For all the latest Entertainment News, download Indian Express App The actor’s latest release Munna Michael, which also features Tiger Shroff and newcomer Nidhi Agerwal, hit the screens today. Nawaz says he thought about leaving Mumbai a lot during his struggling days but he somehow held on to his dream as going back was not an option for him. “After Gangs of Wasseypur I have been continuously busy. I was prepared to go through all the pain to achieve my dream of becoming an actor. The experience of rejection and failure is priceless. I have seen that time when I didn’t even have a single penny in my pocket. Related News
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Published:July 21, 2017 5:36 pm

Nawazuddin Siddiqui started his Bollywood career with a small role in Sarfarosh. These were my fears.” From doing walk-on parts to finally being the star of his own films, life has taken a 180 degree turn for Nawaz, but the actor says he is still unaffected by the success he has achieved. “I came to Mumbai with Rs 2,500. If I again face a situation where I am left with just Rs 2,500, I would not feel like a failure. My priority is to act and not think about stardom. Time tells you what to do inlife,” he says. The only change in me is as a performer. And it stayed like that for two-three years. “It is not about money, but the experience I have gained during my journey, which matters to me. These things have made me what I am today. “I have already faced so much in my life. Whatever I have today is much more than what I ever expected. I feel very secure in my space.”

The actor admits his focus is on doing good cinema and making sensible choices. I used to have lunch at one friend’s place, dinner at other’s and a third friend would get cigarettes for me. Returning to Delhi was also not possible as my batch mates from NSD would have said, ‘Aagya tu bhi vapas’ (You are also back). I have grown in my craft,” he says. I am not afraid of anything,” Nawaz said.