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Nawazuddin Siddiqui Says He Initially Refused To Sign For Sacred Games

Nawazuddin Siddiqui participated in a Masterclass session at the ongoing International Film Festival of India (IFFI) 2022 in Goa. He revealed that he initially refused to sign for Sacred Games but was convinced by Anurag Kashyap.
by Vignesh K | November 24, 2022 17:00 IST
Nawazuddin Siddiqui Says He Initially Refused To Sign For Sacred Games

In Goa, India, for the ongoing International Film Festival of India (IFFI 2022), Nawazuddin Siddiqui participated in a Masterclass session. He related numerous anecdotes and tales about his difficult times and even considered signing significant projects like Sacred Games. The major revelation was that he initially turned down the acclaimed series from Anurag Kashyap, Vikramaditya Motwane, and Neeray Ghaywan.

 
Nawaz stated, “When I was first approached for Sacred Games I refused to do it. I was under the impression that it was a TV series and I had little knowledge of OTT. We used to say, ' Ye OTT kya hai, OTT koun karta hai?' I was told that the series would be launched and streamed in more than 190 countries in one go. But it didn't pique my interest at all.” Thankfully, Anurag Kashyap didn’t take Nawaz’s refusal for granted. Nawaz explained, “But Anurag (Kashyap) didn't give up, he convinced me to do it. He showed me a map where he pointed to lights illuminated in 190 countries and he said, ' Ye Dekh, ye Jitni bhi locations pe light Jal Rahi hai na, Wahan pe ye series Dikhai Jayegi'. That is when I agreed to do Sacred Games.”
 
Nawaz reflected on his early acting experiences by saying, "I used to feel that when an actor is on stage if he sobs the audience cries, if he laughs, the audience laughs. Although it is a deception, it is a lovely fraud. What profession could be more rewarding? I gave up my career and everything else to work in Gujarati plays because of this. He eventually learned about more lucrative chances in Hindi theatre. "Then someone informed me, plays in Hindi are also pretty popular," he recalled. I began applying for Hindi theatre because I was curious, but they asked that I have prior experience writing and directing plays. Therefore, I lied on the form and claimed that I had previously written and directed a number of plays. That got me into Hindi theatre and the rest is history.”


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