Critically acclaimed actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui just-released biography - An Ordinary Life is already making waves. The actor who has always made it to the headlines for talent, acting and movies is now making news for his unrestrained confessions on his relationships and his equations with various women. Excerpts from the biography reveal the actor hooked up with a Jewish waitress in NYC, a girl from New Jersey and another struggling actor in Mumbai. But the one giving gossip mills fodder is his revelation about his relationship with his Miss Lovely co-star Niharika Singh.
Niharika Singh, who is a former Miss India, made her acting debut with the film opposite Nawazuddin in 2012. In the book Nawazuddin makes shocking confessions of his physical relationship with Singh. Speaking of his affair he wrote, “One day, while we were shooting a dance scene, something happened to my co-star Niharika Singh. When the director said, ‘Cut!’, she quietly rushed to her vanity van and stayed there. Something seemed to have happened to her. She was suddenly cold, went out of her way to maintain a distance from me and began to keep mum. I was puzzled. What was wrong with her? What had happened? She used to be friendly, social and talk quite a bit. I thought it was best to ask her what had happened and so I did, not once, not twice, but several times, for several days. She responded that nothing had happened. I silenced my curiosity. I simply urged her to talk, be more social, that it was not healthy to be so quiet. After some days she began I invited her over for a home-cooked meal, a mutton dish which was my speciality. She politely agreed and came over. The dish I had made for her turned out to be absolutely terrible. But she was too well mannered to say so. Not only did she eat everything that was on her plate, but she praised it as well. ‘Now you come to my house, Nawaz. I will cook mutton for you,’ she said warmly. For the very first time I went to Niharika’s house. I rang the doorbell, slightly nervous. When she opened the door, revealing a glimpse of the house, I was speechless with amazement. A hundred, or so it seemed, little candles flickered beautifully. She wore soft faux fur, looking devastatingly gorgeous, her beauty illuminated even more in the candlelight. And I, being the lusty village bumpkin that I am, scooped her up in my arms and headed straight for the bedroom. We made passionate love. And just like that, out of the blue, I began a relationship with Niharika Singh, a relationship which I did not know then would last for almost one and a half years.
He even went on record to say how she started calling him very often, asking him about his whereabouts leaving him frustrated. Nawaz goes on to say, “Niharika was an intelligent girl. Being an actor herself meant that she knew and understood my struggle for work. She would call me in frequent spurts throughout the day demanding to know of my whereabouts. (Then) The regularity of the questions felt like being nagged non–stop.” Needless to say, the relationship ended soon and Nawaz went on to meet his now-wife.
In a day and age of ‘just friends’, this is quite a revelation!