Nawazuddin feels racism bigger threat than nepotism in Bollywood
Mumbai : Nawazuddin Siddiqui's name to fame and his journey is no secret, everyone knows how much he has struggled to make his name in the industry and even he himself has mentioned it quite a few times. He has spoken about how he had to face discrimination in the industry because of his skin tone and the way he looks. The actor has bagged an International EMMY nomination for his performance in Sudhir Mishra‘s Serious Men.
In one of his recent interviews with an entertainment portal, Nawazuddin spoke about the racism he had to face in the industry.
He told Bollywood Hungama, “Sudhir saab has immense knowledge about cinema, and his thought process is very practical. He cast her as the heroine, and I can guarantee you that there is so much racism in our industry, I will be very happy if she is cast as the lead again. Sudhir Mishra did it, but what about the head honchos in charge? More than nepotism, we have a racism problem.”
Nawaz added that he has fought against colourism and other kinds of discrimination in the industry for a long time but this is just not about racism. The actor said that it’s this entire ideology of people at the top who reject people who look like a certain way. He explained, “I fought against it for many years, and I hope that dark-skinned actresses are made heroines; it’s very important. I’m not even talking about skin colour; there is a bias that exists in the industry which needs to end for better films to be made… I was rejected for many years only because I’m short and I look a certain way, although I can’t complain now. But there are so many other great actors who fall prey to this kind of bias.”
From being a side character in Munna Bhai MBBS, Nawazuddin has come way ahead to play leads in movies like Manjhi-The Mountain Man.