Last week, India lost one of it's most respected former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee. He was not only the epitome of leadership but the nation knows him as a great poet too. He was one of those leaders who garnered respect from all walks of industries. And a lot of people shared their memories with the great leader. One of them is actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui who remembered Atal Bihari Vajpayee from the days when the actor was studying in National School of Drama (NSD), Delhi.
Reminiscing about those days, Nawazuddin Siddiqui speaking to Republic TV said, "I have seen him in a Kavi Sammelan (Poet Conference) in FICCI auditorium. And co-incidentally when he was Prime Minister, we used to rehearse for our play nearby his chamber. He was a multi-talented personality and at the same time, I also liked him more because he was a poet. He was one of those politicians who was loved by everybody."
Nawazuddin Siddiqui has some interesting films lined up for release. Starting with 'Genius' that marks the debut of filmmaker Anil Sharma's son Utkarsh Sharma. 'Genius' that will see Nawazuddin Siddiqui as the antagonist is slated to release on August 24. Apart from that Nawazuddin has two biopics, 'Manto' and 'Thackeray' based on the lives of fiery poet Saadat Hasan Manto and Shivsena supremo Bal Thackeray respectively.
Atal Bihari Vajpayee who breathed his last at 5:05 pm on Thursday, August 16 at the age of 93. The late politician was admitted in Delhi's AIIMS hospital and died after a prolonged illness. Vajpayee held the Prime Minister's post three times. He became PM for the first time in 1996. But due to lack of the majority to his political party BJP, he had to resign within 13 days. Later in 1998 once again Vajpayee was appointed as the Prime Minister of India and this time the tenure lasted for 13 months after AIADMK lead by J.Jayalalitha that time withdrew its support from the government and after Opposition too failed to get the majority, fresh elections were held and Atal Bihari Vajpayee remained the Prime Minister until then. And once again in 1999 general elections, NDA won the majority of seats, and Atal Bihari Vajpayee took the oath for Prime Minister of India for the third time and continued to hold the post until 2004 completing a term of 5 years.
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