Actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui commented on the nepotism debate, and said he never felt bothered by nepotism because he never fought for roles where he could be replaced by stars.
Actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui has said that he doesn’t feel bothered about nepotism, as the films that are most affected by it don’t appeal him. Nawaz also says that the actors who usually appear in such films aren’t particularly talented.He said, in an interview to Film Companion. “There are thousands of filmmakers who work outside the formula. If you dream of one day becoming a hero or a heroine, in films with five dance numbers, then that is what you deserve. There’s a long queue of actors wanting to do those films.”
He continued, “You should also know where your talent will be used.” Recalling a piece of guidance given to him by director Anurag Kashyap, Nawaz said that he told him that he should focus on collaborating with filmmakers who could give him good roles, because with an appearance like his, he would most certainly be squandered in mainstream films. “I am sorry to say, these Bollywood formula films do not require talented actors,” he spoke.
He also added that he is more concerned about how many people watch his films than some random box office numbers they post. Nawaz said that he can judge a streaming film’s reception, even without the availability of box office figures, based on the feedback he receives.