Nawazuddin Siddiqui's films to be screened at Cannes
By Juhi ChakrabortyWith three of his films to be screened at 65th Cannes Film Festival, actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui says he is excited to have achieved such a feat, a first for any Indian actor.
The 38-year-old actor's three films to be screened at this year's festival are --Ashim Ahluwalia's "Miss Lovely" and Anurag Kashyap's two part series "Gangs of Wasseypur".
"I am very privileged that three of my films are being screened at Cannes. I don't think any other Indian actor has so far achieved this feat. This is a first for me and I am very excited to make my presence felt at Cannes. I am also looking forward to seeing the films as I have not yet watched them. I will be there till the end (May 28)," Nawazuddin told PTI.
The actor will reach Cannes on May 22 and Miss Lovely" is to be screened on May 24 followed by "Gangs of Wasseypur". The "Kahaani" actor was all praise for his "Miss Lovely" director Ashim Ahluwalia. "The story is about two brothers, who make C-grade films. There is one struggling actress (played by former Miss India Niharika Singh) and they both fall in love with her," he said.
In "Miss Lovely", the actor plays a C-grade film director, who falls in love with a struggling actress. "The film has a very international look. It has been made in such a way that it has an international appeal. Ashim does not watch Bollywood films. So his style of filmmaking is very different from other directors. There is a rawness in his films," the actor said.
Asked if he was apprehensive about taking up such a role, Nawazuddin said, "I had no second thoughts about it. I always wanted to do this kind of films. It is not a typical Bollywood formula film. I did try my luck in such films but I was told I did not have the looks of a hero and was driven away. I am now comfortable in this genre. It is refreshing for us actors."
The actor is also hopeful that the film will do well in India. "I am sure that the film will work in India because the audience is now appreciating directors, who are taking the risk and making different kind of cinema. It has been seen that small budget films which have a strong storyline, a talented director and a bunch of decent actor are doing much better than big budget films," he said.
The actor has just come back from the Eberfest, an annual film festival organised by popular American film critics Roger Ebert in Illinois, Chicago.
"Roger personally invited me to the festival. My film 'Patang' was also screened there. I was honoured to have been invited to such a prestigious event. I also interacted with actor Michael Shannon and various other film and theatre personalities," he said.
After returning of Cannes, the actor will start shooting for Shlok Sharma's next film. The actor will also be seen in films like "Monsoon Shootout", "Talaash" and "Dekh Indian Circus". PTI