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Updated January 8th, 2024 at 17:51 IST

Nawazuddin Siddiqui recalls learning Telugu for Saindhav: It doesn't sound good...

Nawazuddin Siddiqui shed light on his character, expressing excitement about the unique dimension his role brings to the film Saindhav.

Nawazuddin Siddiqui
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Nawazuddin Siddiqui is all set to make his Tollywood debut with the much-anticipated film Saindhav. He will be sharing the screen with Telugu icon Venkatesh Daggubati. The film, directed by Sailesh Kolanu, is slated for release on January 14.

Nawazuddin Siddiqui opens up about Saindhav

The trailer for Saindhav has already generated buzz, offering a glimpse into Nawazuddin Siddiqui's role as Vikas Malik, a businessman. In a recent press interaction in Hyderabad, the actor shed light on his character, expressing excitement about the unique dimension his role brings to the film. Despite portraying diverse characters in his previous works, he emphasised the allure of negative roles, commending director Sailesh Kolanu for crafting a character that captivated him.

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Nawazuddin Siddiqui talks about his dubbing experience

Notably, Nawazuddin Siddiqui insisted on dubbing for himself in Saindhav, underlining the integral role dubbing plays in bringing a character to life. His character in the film, a man hailing from Hyderabad, speaks both Hindi and Telugu. Nawazuddin expressed delight in embracing the challenge of learning a new language for the role.

Nawazuddin said that Telugu is an alien language for him. He shared that he was insistent on dubbing for himself in Saindhav. He said, "It doesn’t sound good otherwise when someone else dubs for you,” he explains. Luckily, his character is a Hyderabadi. He speaks both Hindi and Telugu, so I was fine. Learning a new language is always difficult but I don’t believe in prompters. So even on sets, I would learn my lines beforehand so it looked good on-screen. I believe all this hard work will pay off."

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The seasoned actor shared anecdotes from the film's shoot, recounting a particularly amusing incident in Sri Lanka. While shooting on a boat, he humorously slipped but managed to avoid an unplanned plunge into the water. The candid moment, captured on camera, became a source of laughter for the cast and crew. Surprisingly, they decided to incorporate this genuine blooper into the movie sequence.

Looking ahead, Nawazuddin expressed his eagerness to explore diverse roles, including the possibility of portraying the lead role in a biopic on Osho if such a project materialises in the future. He said, “I’ve never seen roles in terms of heroes or villains. A good role that excites me is all that matters. Sometimes the negative roles give you much more scope to perform than the supposedly good ones do. Sailesh has penned one such role for me.” 

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Published January 8th, 2024 at 17:51 IST

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