After a bunch of bit-roles, that stellar-lead as Faisal Khan in Gangs of Wasseypur turned Nawazuddin Siddiqui into the thinking man’s actor. He has gatecrashed into the big league with a slew of riveting performances in recent times. Giridhar Jha speaks to him after his latest release, Babumoshai Bandookbaaz, sprang a surprise at the box office despite being embroiled in multiple controversies, including a run-in with the censor board for its ‘bold content’.
Did the commercial success of Babumoshai Bandookbaaz come as a surprise after its confrontation with the censor board and negative reviews?
I was a bit jittery about the success because of its adult content. I was wondering whether the audience would appreciate the film. It belonged to a genre which was not popular at the time of its release. Still, it did well everywhere, barring cities like Mumbai and Delhi.
What was the experience like, of playing a foul-mouthed,...