Nawazuddin Siddiqui to rewrite memoir after withdrawing it following controversy?
It has been a traumatic week for Nawazuddin Siddiqui, who faced severe backlash after mid-day published explosive excerpts from his tell-all biography, An Ordinary Life: A Memoir, about his affair with Niharika Singh
It has been a traumatic week for Nawazuddin Siddiqui, who faced severe backlash after mid-day published explosive excerpts from his tell-all biography, An Ordinary Life: A Memoir, about his affair with Niharika Singh. In a dramatic move, the actor took to his Twitter yesterday to announce that he was withdrawing his memoir in the light of events that transpired over the past few days.
Siddiqui wrote, "I am apologising to everyone whose sentiments are hurt because of the chaos around my memoir #AnOrdinaryLife. I hereby regret and decide to withdraw my book. (grammar corrected)" He found himself in the eye of the storm ever since the excerpts were exclusively published in mid-day.
Close on the heels of his raunchy confessions, Niharika Singh had slammed the actor in an interview to mid-day (October 25), where she claimed that she was considering legal action. On October 29, Delhi advocate Gautam Gulati lodged a complaint with National Women's Commision, requesting for an FIR to be filed against him for adultery, rape and 'insulting the modesty of a woman.'
Sources close to the actor reveal that the decision to withdraw the book was not a knee-jerk reaction. "He is deeply upset with the reactions that have come in. A senior Bollywood star was supposed to grace the book launch, but backed out following the controversy. NCW too has summoned him following the complaint. To avoid any further mess, he thought it best to withdraw the book," revealed a source.
Nawaz's book cover
The publishing house, Penguin-Viking, had printed nearly 4000 copies, of which about 2000 have been already sold off from e-commerce websites. The publishers have now requested the sellers to return the remaining copies.
The spokesperson of the publishing house confirmed the same. However, insiders in the publishing house claim that the memoir will now be rewritten in parts, with the focus firmly on his journey from Muzaffarnagar to Bollywood. "A conversation has been initiated with Rituparna Chatterjee [co-author of the memoir]. All details of his marriage and personal life will be removed in the new version," added the source. Chatterjee, on her part, told mid-day, "It's way too early to comment."
Miss Lovely actor Singh didn't respond to our message till the time of going to press. As far as his legal case is concerned, advocate Rizwan Siddiquee representing the actor said, "The complaint made to the NCW is baseless. He has 48 hours to withdraw it."
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