Nawazuddin Siddiqui's last film Manto featured him as the rebellious writer who chronicled the post-partition (1947) socio-political chaos much impactfully, through his work, especially short stories. Manto is remembered as a way ahead of his time, misunderstood (or least understood) and misjudged since he advocated in favour of a kind of creative liberty which was alien to the contemporary society. The film, directed by Nandita Das, was a strong critical success. Soon after that, he signed the biopic of Shiv Sena supremo Bal Thackeray.
From Manto, Thackeray was quite a shift; given the tonality of the two characters. Especially taking into consideration Thackeray's political approach and the religious approach that his party upheld, many couldn't help but compare the two characters. One such was Nawaz's Gangs of Wasseypur co-star Richa Chadha who took a humorous take on it. She funnily addressed him as 'Faizal' (Nawaz's name in GOW), calling him a bipolar. That, in fact, compelled many to think about the comparison as well.
When we asked what he thought about Richa's tweet, the actor initially said, "so many people say so many things. I can't take everything into consideration. To each, his own." However, he quickly added that people might have perceived Richa's statement differently. "I think it is really positive. Maybe people took differently. But from how I know Richa, she has always been very supportive. So was I, because she totally deserves it. She is a very talented actress. I believe she meant it on a positive note. It is upto people what they understood," he added.
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Indeed, only someone as versatile as Nawaz can slay two drastically different characters, that too back to back!