Complex preferences

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 07 Jul 2018 11:17:30

Actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui, who is gearing up for the release of the series Sacred Games on Netflix, says he likes to play complex and not cliched characters on screen. On his role in the show, Nawazuddin said, “I had great fun. I like to play such characters which are complex and not cliched. I like to play those roles which are a little different and those which we think live next to us.”

The much-awaited show, produced by Phantom Films, is based on the critically acclaimed best-selling novel of the same name by author Vikram Chandra. The series, in which Nawazuddin plays a criminal, is co-directed by Vikramaditya Motwane and Anurag Kashyap.Nawazuddin says the reason for him being convincing in gangster roles is that he looks at the characters through a human lens. Siddiqui shot to fame with his portrayal of local goon Faizal Khan in Anurag Kashyap’s Gangs Of Wasseypur.

The actor says he has played a gangster four times in his career -- in Munna Michael, Babumoshai Bandookbaaz, among others -- and has never treated the roles similarly. “I have never done a gangster role thinking of it as one. I think it is the role of a man and that’s it. He could be bad or good. Sometimes the flawed personality of a person is highlighted more. I have never treated my characters as gangsters. I look at them as humans,” Siddiqui told.

Asked about the popularity of digital platforms, he said, “It is good that the platform does not have any issues of censorship, so Anurag Kashyap has openly made this series. And we have put all the badmaashi (naughtiness) that was in his brain, in it (the show).”

Set in modern day Mumbai, Sacred Games focuses on Sartaj Singh, a seasoned and cynical Mumbai Police officer, summoned by an anonymous tip one morning by a voice which promises him an opportunity to capture the powerful Ganesh Gaitonde, criminal overlord of the G-Company. It has Saif Ali Khan in the lead role.