Nawazuddin Siddiqui had caught the attention of filmmaker Dibakar Banerjee after Black Friday and he was keen on casting him in Oye Lucky! Lucky Oye but couldn't locate the actor.
The 39-year-old actor entered Bollywood in 1999 with a
blink and miss role in Aamir Khan starrer Sarfarosh.
However, his first breakthrough role came in 2004 with Anurag
Kashyap's Black Friday, the film on Mumbai's 1993 bombings,
where he played a terrorist.
After 14 years of struggle, his role as the hot-headed
Intelligence Bureau officer Khan in Kahaani and drug-addled
Faizal Khan in Kashyap's two part revenge drama Gangs of
Wasseypur, finally changed things for him.
"It is not that after Gangs of Wasseypur I thought
of working with Nawaz. I wanted to work with him since 'Black
Friday', because I have been seeing him in small and bits
parts in lots of films and he has impressed me," Dibakar told
The director loved his performance in films like
Patang, Peepli Live and many others where he has left a
"I wanted to work with him in Oye Lucky! Lucky Oye.
I just couldn't find him. I wanted Nawaz to act as Abhay's
sidekick in the film, but that was ultimately played by Manu
Rishi. He made it as his role and did a good job," he said.
But now Dibakar is working with Nawazuddin for his
upcoming film 'Bombay Talkies', which celebrates 100 years of
It is for the first time that four top directors from
Bollywood - Dibakar Banerjee, Karan Johar, Zoya Akhtar and
Anurag Kashyap - have come together for a venture comprising
four short films.
Dibakar's short film is based on Satyajit Ray's short
story, which is an emotional tale of a father-son
However, the setting has been changed. From being a story
about a middle-class Bengali family, it will now be about a
"My film is based on a story written by Satyajit Ray in
1960s and I read it as a kid. When I heard about 'Bombay
Talkies' I felt this story would be the best for this film. I
adapted it and changed it," Dibakar said, without divulging
any further details.
Dibakar has opted for Rabindranath Tagore and Chopin's
music for his segment in 'Bombay Talkies'. "I have adapted it
and composed it myself. It was lovely. I was working with
flutist Rakesh Chaurasia and many other live musicians. I hold
film background music higher than the song. I loved doing it,"
The producer-director is all praise for Karan Johar and
says this film (Bombay Talkies) will be the re-invention of
"I wanted someone like Aditya Chopra or Karan Johar for
this film. I liked the idea of having them. When Ashi Dua, the
producer told me she has spoken to Karan about this, I said,
just get him on board. I had an instinct that Karan was
waiting for something like this, to break out (of his films),"
"I think Bombay Talkies is a debut of a director called
Karan Johar and you will get to see many more fresh films from
him," he added.