Tete-a-Tete

Attempting to chat with Nawazuddin Siddiqui at a party is an awkward exercise. He barely has anything to say because he is simply not very good at making small talk. Interviewing him makes you feel like even more of an imposter. The traditional structure of an interview, the pre-designed questions, the whole format seems entirely unnecessary because you can tell he does not quite get what the fuss is about. The formality makes him stiffen, even though he has nothing to keep from you. Especially because he has nothing to keep from you. And yet, strip the formalities away, put him in a room with friends and he is the very life of a conversation—recounting anecdotes, confessing, mimicking, philosophizing—no holds barred. So here is something in between an informal chat and formal interview with the actor whose rise to fame has become a redemptive tale for actors struggling to break through the ranks of impossibly handsome or hereditary stars. Nothing about Nawaz’s life reflects stardom as we have come to know it and yet he is undisputedly a star— not one who consciously breaks moulds but one who is what he is because he neither knows nor cares about another way of being. Until he hears the call: “Action”.

 

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wingedream
wingedream

Ah ! Pragya ,our Diva.She has seen it all.NSD,Method Acting and those non-descript interiors called villages whose names we do not need to know of.That is where from the raw emotion comes from.And now in her current Avatar she holds a cup- of-you-know-what when she is not collecting what is left of her hair that is.Tresses ? She can speak English well and make do with Hindi, however as she morphs with Nawazuddin who does the reverse.Now, of course with his long sojourn in front of the technie lights of Mumbai, he is finding it difficult to sustain a long sentence of Hindi.English also pops and peeps mirroring Ms Pragya.Nawazuddin is trying to catch the lines as Pragya shows her the new world of Movie-Mumbai .

Great interview of Pragya.Nawaz is true and a pure actor.Else, he is nothing.In the interview he remains true to this lofty ambition.Save the cig seemed to have gotten longer with large filters and gold band, too.


Ttyccvvv
Ttyccvvv

The 3rd min question is so crazy.. Pragya you need to focus, like you lost it there.. Nawazuddin you rock, trying to be as honest and possible, very clean.. Love him.. I didnt go beyond 3:30 mins.. Just love his honesty..

dnag88
dnag88

God, this man is so refreshing to hear among bullshit made up voices of bollywood (it deserves to be called that). I hope he remains as he is now. I won't blame him he changes as I can imagine the hardships he's gone through. Still, I hope. Just a brilliant actor and such real personality.

GauriAdelkar
GauriAdelkar

Dear Pragya Tiwari, De Di Hume Azaadi is not from the film Dosti, its from the film Jagruti.

mmrigank
mmrigank

Pragya Tiwari. first learn to respect the actor. if he was not comfortable with english, why did you keep asking in english? . and how could you start saying "TUM" after saying "AAP" initially. I hope you understand the difference. I didnot see you using TUM with Ranbir kapoor. You were pathetic.

ReluctantRambler
ReluctantRambler

Ms. Tiwari, I usually enjoy the way you interview people but why did you start questioning Nawaz in English? He was quite comfortable when you were talking with him in Hindi but then you switched to English for some unfathomable reason which made him clamp up. 

Nawazuddin Siddiqui – TBIP Tête-à-Tête

Interview
August 2013
By Pragya Tiwari

Pragya Tiwari is Editor-in-Chief at The Big Indian Picture.