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Nawazuddin Siddiqui: Myth that commercial films don't have good story

Nawazuddin Siddiqui is one actor who has maintained a fine balance between commercial and serious cinema, but he says it's a myth that all mainstream commercial films don't have a good story.

Nawazuddin Siddiqui
Nawazuddin Siddiqui

Nawazuddin has entertained the audience with his power packed performances in films like "Gangs of Wasseypur", "Manjhi: The Mountain Man", "Badlapur", "Kick", "Bajrangi Bhaijaan" and others.

"It is important to explore every genre as an actor. It's a myth that commercial films don't have a good story, look at 'Bajrangi Bhaijaan'," Nawazuddin told PTI.

The 42-year-old actor will continue doing all kind of films as it challenges and excites them.

"I would balance it out by doing both mainstream commercial and alternate cinema and small films. Commercial films help me in getting attention of audience for my other films," he said.

The "Kahaani" actor will be seen next in Anurag Kashyap's "Raman Raghav 2.0", which is based on the psychotic serial killer Raman Raghav who operated in Mumbai during the mid-1960s.

The powerhouse actor plays the title character while Vicky Kaushal reprises a cop. The film will open in theatres on June 24.

"His (Raman Raghav) thoughts were very different from normal human beings. He had logic behind every murder. He had a justification for every murder he committed. It is hard to believe why he did it (killing people). He is not correct socially and ethically.

"It took some time for me to absorb his ideology, logic. Playing this character was mentally exhausting for me.

I have tried my best to do the role convincingly," he said. To get into the skin of the character, the "Gangs of Wasseypur" actor did proper research, like reading about him (Raman Raghav) and about various psychopath killers across the world to understand their mindset.

In the past, Anurag and Nawazuddin have worked in films like "Black Friday", "Gangs of Wasseypur", "The Lunch Box" and others.

"I am thankful to Anurag for giving me unusual and unexpected roles. Anurag is a very talented filmmaker and his films are appreciated by people. I am hopeful 'Raman Raghav' will do well," Nawazuddin said.

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