Actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui is no stranger to fame, and recognition. However, getting an international Emmy nomination comes as quite a surprise to him. Nawazuddin has been nominated in the Best Performance by an Actor category for filmmaker Sudhir Mishra’s digitally released ‘Serious Men’. The actor will compete with Christian Tappan (The Great Heist), David Tennant (Des), and Roy Nik (Normali).
Speaking in an interview, Nawazuddin said, “Of course, it feels good when you get a nomination from such a place. It not just makes you feel happy but also gives you a lot of confidence that whatever choices you are making are correct. It reaffirms that I am making the right choices and that I am on the right path in my career.” The movie is an adaptation of Manu Joseph’s novel and sees the actor play Ayyan Mani, a Dalit personal assistant who passes off his son as a genius.
About taking up the role, Nawazuddin says, “There are many reasons why I said yes to the film. First, it was a Manu Joseph novel and if he has written it that meant that the characters are very strong in terms of inner world, in terms of conflict, characteristics, habits, and angst. I like such character, such greyish characters.”
He said he also always wanted to collaborate with Mishra. “I have always wanted to work with him, woh bahut kaabil director hai. I wasn’t prepared at all when I started working on this film. I surrendered myself to Sudhir Mishra and whatever I am getting from this character is because of Sudhir Saab.”
Nawazuddin adds, “Our country has a lot of talent. The way that talent in our country is being exposed globally thanks to all the OTT platforms is commendable. Everyone is getting global recognition. I hope that this continues and I hope that more and more such content keeps coming and we keep pushing the boundaries. What makes me happiest is that talent is getting finally noticed.”