The road to success has been a long one for Nawazuddin Siddiqui, it took 11 years before he found his place in the industry. However since his debut in ‘Gangs Of Wayssepur’ (2011), Siddiqui who has a multiple number of projects in the making, have strangely been unsuccessful.
DNA India say that the struggle of trying to release these films stems back to when Siddiqui’s ‘Gangs Of Wasseypur’ (2011) and ‘Kahaani’ (2012) days. Firstly Siddiqui had teamed up with Mangesh Hadawale’s ‘Dekh India Circus’ (2011), which is about a struggling dad trying to send his children to see a circus. This remains unreleased.
Secondly, the highly acclaimed ‘Patang’ (2012) by Prashant Bhargava is yet to hit cinemas.
Next on a slightly more positive note, Geetu Mohandas’s ‘Liar’s Dice’ (2013) did release and led to the leading lady Geetanjali Thapa to win a National award for Best Actress. But the film was ignored by the distributors.
Another one that did make it was Amit Kumar’s ‘Monsoon Shootout’ (2013), a story based on brutal gansterism, was shown at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival and was received positively, but not so much the Indian audience. But unfortunately the success was short lived as later that year, Siddiqui who played a detective in Buddhadeb Dasgupta’s ‘Anwar Ka Ajab Kissa’ never released.
Fast forward to 2015 and the theme continues. Sarthak Dasgupta’s ‘The Music Teacher’ never got completed. ‘Haramkhor’, directed by Shlok Sharma remains unreleased. Bishnu Dutta’s ‘Gawah The Witness’, which was to star Siddiqui alongside Emraan Hashmi, never went to floors.
Several other projects that have been in the pipeline with Siddiqui as lead have either been shelved or are in financial trouble. On the subject, Siddiqui said “What can I say? All these are films to which I have given my blood sweat and tears. I’ve worked hard and for nominal fees for these, as I believed in these films. They are important films not only to my career, but also as works of cinematic brilliance by directors who know their jobs. I was hopeful that after the success of my solo-hero film Freaky Ali, some of these films would get released.”