Nawazuddin Siddiqui was recently seen in ‘Haddi’ on Zee5. The film has garnered a mixed response from the audiences as it felt more like for a connoisseur’s eye. But amidst all that’s being said about the film, Nawazuddin Siddiqui has been getting a lot of praise for the portrayal of a transgender in the film.
Talking to Prateek Sur, Nawazuddin Siddiqui opens up on how he managed to switch off from the character that is so hard-hitting, the challenges in different scenes, and facing the negativity around the film and in life, in general. Excerpts:
Were you able to switch on and off from your character easily?
No, not at all. I have to prepare for the character well in advance, and even when I leave the character, it takes me a lot of time.
What was the most challenging scene in this film and why?
I think 2 scenes were challenging - the first was one particular scene that had a profound emotional impact on me. It was a silent moment when I was in the office with Zeeshan, and there was no dialogue. At that moment, I entered as Haddi and I saw Zeeshan, someone I deeply cared about, and yet I couldn’t approach him due to the path of revenge I had to follow. That scene, in particular, had a deep emotional resonance for me, and I had to navigate those emotions as part of the character’s journey. And the other on the terrace when I am refusing Zeeshan to smoke a cigarette.
How do you stay unfazed by the negativity around you?
Negativity doesn’t affect me anymore because everyone is targeted on social media, so now every person has become thick-skinned.