What is Nawazuddin Siddiqui Doing in a Film Called ‘Genius’?
Mahwash Ajaz in conversation with Nawazuddin Siddiqui
The actor par excellence, Nawazuddin Siddiqui was in Dubai for his promotions for his upcoming film Genius. Nawazuddin plays a decidedly evil villain opposite this young hero and utters dialogs like, “Patriotism is a strange thing, people want to give lives for it. Lives are meant to be taken, not given.”
Masala! asked Nawazuddin Siddiqui about his role in the film and whether it was essentially similar to his role in Kick where he played the antagonist to a story that heavily relied on the protagonist’s story arc. Genius is said to be the 'launch' of Uktarsh Sharma by his father, Anil Sharma, who directed Gadar: Aik Prem Katha.
“Oh no, the role is completely different from Kick,” Nawazuddin says. “He [his character in Genius] is a genius and he knows many technicalities of things – but in his own way. It’s just that the way that he chooses turns into a wrong one, so to speak.” In Kick, Nawazuddin’s role was Shriv Gajra, a snickering psychopath with a penchant for torturing people. In Genius, Nawazuddin plays the antagonist and says that it’s a wholly dissimilar role. “In Genius, I play this big businessman. The guy is a genius and there are only two geniuses in the film – there’s me and there’s the hero. There’s a whole sci-fi angle to the story as well.”
Nawazuddin was also promoting his upcoming film Manto and we asked him if there was a collision between playing these two vastly different characters. “I had shot Genius much after I had shot Manto,” Nawazuddin answers, “so there was no collision.”
Genius releases on August 24th and apart from Nawazuddin Siddiqui, it stars Utkarsh Sharma and Ishitha Chauhan in lead roles.