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Indian actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui expressed his discontent with the Indian film industry and said, Bollywood needs to evolve further in terms of producing thought-provoking content.
Nawazuddin Siddiqui is among the few versatile actors that have essayed challenging and substantial roles in various movies. From playing a light-hearted journalist in ‘Bajrangi Bhaijan’ to a determined police officer in ‘Raees’, he will now play the intense role of poet Saadat Hassan Manto in his next movie.
Siddiqui, fearlessly admitted that commercial movies lure filmmakers more than a message-oriented movie.
“It is not that parallel or content based films are a new thing in the industry. I don’t think much has changed here. Even earlier, there were great films made by directors like Tapan Sinha and Gautam Ghose. I do not find any massive improvement in terms of filmmaking in Bollywood. I think we still have a long way to go.”
“Cinema is an art seen by thousands of people. It is not just for a niche audience. So films should have such a quality that it can be enjoyed by everyone. It should be all-encompassing,” he added stating that films are an “art for all”.
He threw further reflections on the lack of audiences in cinemas saying, the ‘Hero’ or the character becomes the focus and not the actors.
“I think only the heroes can become stereotypical, not actors. It is the concept of the hero in our films that you and I have been seeing for the last 60 years. The Bollywood hero who sings and dances with a heroine by his side, fights but still manages to look good after a beating– has become a stereotype. An actor can never become a typecast,” said Siddiqui, who was in the city to attend the literary meet in Kolkata.
“I think it’s important for an actor to try out characters with different dimensions. I’ve done intense films but I have also done films like Freaky Ali and Lunchbox which were pretty light-hearted.”
“We cannot blame the audience for not coming to the theatres. The makers should also think about the audience. In some cases, the filmmakers themselves do not see their films twice. How can they expect the audience to come and see it?” he questioned.