Nawazuddin Siddiqui's former girlfriend, Sunita Rajwar, who the Bollywood actor apparently termed as his 'first love' has sent him a Rs 2 crore legal notice for tarnishing her image by lying about the reason behind their break-up in his autobiography 'An Ordinary Life.' Sunita an actress and theatre personality who is currently married, sent a 7-page legal notice to Nawazuddin, his book's co-author Rituparna Chatterjee and the publishers. She had earlier posted a lengthy post on Facebook in which she confronted Nawazuddin Siddiqui for allegedly lying about their break-up in his book. Sunita is a 1997 graduate of National School of Drama in Delhi
Nawazuddin Siddiqui's interaction with Niharika Singh: "One day, while we were shooting a dance scene, something happened to my co-star Niharika Singh... She was suddenly cold, went out of her way to maintain a distance from me and began to keep mum. I was puzzled... She used to be friendly, social and talk quite a bit. I thought it was best to ask her what had happened and so I did, not once, not twice, but several times, for several days... I invited her over for a home-cooked meal, a mutton dish which was my speciality. She politely agreed and came over... Not only did she eat everything that was on her plate, but she praised it as well. 'Now you come to my house, Nawaz. I will cook mutton for you,' she said warmly."
Nawazuddin Siddiqui's affair with Suzanne: "Suzanne: a lovely, dear Jewish girl from New Jersey, who lived in New York City. We met there and hit it off. She came to Mumbai and began to live with me... Every few months, she kept extending her visa... The shooting of Miss Lovely commenced. Suzanne used to accompany me there. Then came the day when her visa expired and she needed to return to New York to sort it out. She was gone for many months."
Nawazuddin Siddiqui speaks about his first girlfriend Sunita Rajwar: "I was performing in a play in Mumbai which was when I finally had my first romantic relationship. Sunita had fallen madly in love with me. Every day, she would come over, hang out at my house in Mira Road and scrawl our names in tiny font all over the wall... Then she went off on a holiday to her home town in the hills to see her folks. When she returned, Sunita would not take any of my calls. And when she did at last, I was flabbergasted. After such a deep, passionate love, she simply said, 'Nawaz, you focus on your career. And I will focus on my career.' She cut off all contact after that and I plunged into another deep, deep depression. I took a bucket of fresh white paint and began to replace her artwork on my walls with the blank canvas that they were before"
Nawazuddin Siddiqui withdraws his book and apologises: Nawazuddin Siddiqui withdrew his tell-all biography, An Ordinary Life: A Memoir. He announced his decision on Twitter. The actor wrote, "I m apologising 2 every1 who's sentiments r hurt bcz of d chaos around my memoir #AnOrdinaryLife I hereby regret & decide 2 withdraw my book. (sic)"
Nawazuddin Siddiqui confesses to being selfish: "There was another piece to this puzzle. Like all girls, Niharika obviously expected some of the sweet conversations that lovers have, to take place between us. But I was quite a selfish b*****d. I had a plain aim: go to her house, make out and leave. I could not talk lovey-dovey too much.
Nawazuddin Siddiqui and Niharika Singh's break-up: "When I went to her place next, she was wearing a silk robe. I ran my hand over its coolness around her waist, grabbing her but she pushed me away. 'No, Nawaz!' she said. 'I won't meet you again. This is enough.' I pleaded, I cried, I apologized. But she remained adamant. She had had enough. So that was that, we broke up cutting off all contact."
How Nawazuddin Siddiqui started an affair with Niharika Singh: "For the very first time I went to Niharika's house... When she opened the door, revealing a glimpse of the house, I was speechless with amazement. A hundred, or so it seemed, little candles flickered beautifully. She wore soft faux fur, looking devastatingly gorgeous, her beauty illuminated even more in the candlelight. And I, being the lusty village bumpkin that I am, scooped her up in my arms and headed straight for the bedroom. We made passionate love. And just like that, out of the blue, I began a relationship with Niharika Singh, a relationship which I did not know then would last for almost one and a half years."
When Niharika found out about Suzanne: "Meantime, emails from Suzanne started coming. 'Why are you not mailing me, Nawaz? What's wrong?' I did not respond... I trusted my silence would convey what needed to be conveyed. When I was checking my inbox one day, Niharika happened to see one of her emails. 'Who is this?' she inquired. 'You know very well who it is,' I said. 'It's Suzanne.' 'Wo-ow! It's still going on between you two! Amazing!' Niharika thundered in anger. 'It is wrong. I hope you know that..."
Nawazuddin Siddiqui went to girls for his own needs: "It finally struck her (Niharika) that I was a rascal who cared only for himself. (Actually, all the girls I have ever been with have had this same complaint about me. I would only come to them for my own needs. Otherwise, I might not even take their calls.)"
Nawazuddin Siddiqui speaks about his wife: "Two months later, another girl came into my life in a most mysterious way. I did not know then that years later, I would marry her."
Nawazuddin Siddiqui in legal trouble: A week after mid-day published explosive excerpts from Nawazuddin Siddiqui's tell-all biography, An Ordinary Life: A Memoir, about his affair with Niharika Singh, the actor found himself in legal trouble. While Singh had admitted to mid-day (in the issue dated October 25) that she was considering legal action against Siddiqui for sharing intimate details about their relationship without her consent, Delhi advocate Gautam Gulati has registered a complaint at National Commission for Women (NCW) against him for outraging the modesty of his Miss Lovely co-star.
Sources close to Nawazuddin Siddiqui 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 to mid-day
When Niharika started sending emails to Suzanne: "From that day, Niharika began to send emails to Suzanne from my email address. She would type, 'I cannot continue with you ...' and sign off as me. Imagine the shock for Suzanne. She would send heartbreaking replies... After a few of these email exchanges, Suzanne figured that this was not my voice at all. 'Who is this writing, Nawaz? I know this is not you... Who is she? Who is this b***h?' 'B***h!' That word infuriated Niharika so much that she made me end all correspondence with Suzanne forever... I was very sad. Then I thought, so be it, it's all right, I am with Niharika. My melancholy evaporated quickly."
Niharika Singh issues statement after Nawazuddin Siddiqui reveals intimate details of their affair in his book: Niharika Singh says, "Nawaz and I had a brief relationship during the making of Miss Lovely that lasted less than a few months. So today when he paints me as a woman in fur enticing him into her bedroom with candles, or desperately calling him and emailing other women on his behalf, I can only laugh. He obviously wants to sell his book and it would appear that he is willing to exploit and disrespect a woman just to do so. He has chosen to fabricate stories and manipulate a fleeting relationship. None of what he has written has been to my knowledge, let alone my consent. It is this very aspect of Nawaz that caused me to end my relationship with him in the first place. I have always maintained that he's a brilliant actor. However, I had hoped these acting skills would have remained confined only to the screen. Still, I wish him well."
Nawazuddin Siddiqui speaks about Niharika Singh: "Niharika was an intelligent girl. Being an actor herself meant that she knew and understood my struggle for work... She would call me in frequent spurts throughout the day demanding to know of my whereabouts... [Then] The regularity of the questions felt like being nagged non-stop... "
Nawazuddin Siddiqui's one-night stand with waitress: "Those years between 2006 and 2010 were pretty incredible too. The industry had begun to notice me... Strangely, the West was kinder to me first, both in terms of love and work... I was at a cafe once with my friend in New York City's Soho area. The stunning waitress kept staring at me... 'You? You are an actor?' she asked a rhetorical question. 'Yes!' I replied. 'Which film of mine did you see? Gangs of Wasseypur?' She squinted, trying to remember, 'No, no,' she said. 'Another film!' After a few moments, she responded: 'Lunchbox!' We got talking and let's just say what happens in New York stays in New York..."
Nawazuddin Siddiqui speaks about his break-up with Sunita: "Yet it was important to analyse what had happened... [Sunita must have been advised] she should probably date someone successful, not a struggling, desperate actor who was out of work. Today, Sunita tells everybody that she was once together with me in a very serious relationship. Incredible, isn't it?"
Nawazuddin Siddiqui's first girlfriend Sunita Rajwar exposes his lies: "Sunita Rajwar put up a post on Facebook to reveal the 'lies' that the actor had penned in his book. Rajwar claimed that Siddiqui was always a sympathy seeker. Revealing why they parted ways, she wrote that she was disgusted by Siddiqui's tendency to reveal intimate details of their affair to mutual friends."
Nawazuddin Siddiqui had suicidal thoughts: "Soon after her call, one day I was at the station and stood there staring at the tracks. A train was coming, screaming its arrival with a lusty horn. It would be simple and instant. Should I jump on to the tracks and end it all? End this struggle, end this life? I had nothing. No love, no work, no money. But some being woke up in me and gave me a metaphorical slap. 'You know this is not your department,' the voice in my head said. 'Then why? Why did you go that way? Why!' it screamed at me. I decided that I would never again be emotional in any relationship."
Insiders in the publishing house claim that the memoir will now be rewritten in parts, with the focus firmly on Nawazuddin Siddiqui's 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."