Nawazuddin: Making an English feature film is not a benchmark for success for me

Nawazuddin Siddiqui, a nominee for the Kim Jisiok Award at the 26th Busan International Film Festival, talks about his first English film, No Lands Man.

By Titus Chaudhary

Updated on SEP 23, 2021 01:26 PM IST

Nawazuddin Siddiqui’s first English feature film No Landsman was nominated for a Kim Jiseko Award at the Busan International Film Festival 2021. Speaking about this “special” feat, he said, “Like the boom in Iranian films that took place a few years ago, Korean cinema is currently at the top of their game. They are screening some of the best films like Minari (2020).

No Lands Man competes with The Rapist, directed by Aparna Sen, for the prestigious award at the BIFF. “I was approached for rapist but due to advance commitments I could not do it. I hope one of us wins. Aparna Sen is an excellent director and I would like to congratulate her and her team,” Siddiqui shared.

The film shares his screen space with talents from around the world. Actor Rath Akeli Hai (2020) sees this as a “big practice”. He says, “In my web series McMahfia, I’ve worked with Israeli, British and American actors. In No Lands Man, along with talented Chinese, British and American actors, I have an Australian actor opposite me. It helps to understand the process of approaching a character.”

At 47, the definition of success has changed: “English feature filming is not a benchmark for success for me. Some people think that buying a home is synonymous with success and some people think of getting a break in the industry as success. For others, achieving superstardom is tantamount to success. ”

So, what does it mean for him to be successful? “These things are not important to me. If I can project a particular emotion the way I want it to in a particular scene, it becomes important,” Siddiqui concluded.

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