Nawazuddin Siddiqui is one actor, who has maintained a fine balance between commercial and serious cinema, and the 'Raman Raghav 2.0' star says the perception that all mainstream entertainers don't have a good story is wrong.
Nawazuddin has enthralled the audience with his power packed performances in films like 'Gangs of Wasseypur', 'Manjhi: The Mountain Man', 'Badlapur', 'Kick' and 'Bajrangi Bhaijaan'.
"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 was recently seen 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.
Nawazuddin plays the titular character while actor Vicky Kaushal reprises a cop.
"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," the actor said.
To get into the skin of the character, the 'Gangs of Wasseypur' actor read about Raman Raghav and various psychopath killers across the world.
In the past, Anurag and Nawazuddin have worked in films like 'Black Friday', 'Gangs of Wasseypur' and 'The Lunch Box'.
"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.