Nawazuddin Siddiqui, popular for films like Gangs Of Wasseypur, The Lunchbox and Raman Raghav 2.0, is the highest paid actor in Bollywood, according to the actor himself. Nawaz is known more as a talented character actor rather than a hero, though he has appeared in lead roles several times.
In an appearance in Aap Ki Adalat on India TV on Saturday, the critically acclaimed actor candidly stated: “I am the highest paid actor in the industry as far as acting is concerned. I did not have to ask. Filmmakers themselves started paying me this.”
He also wonders why the Indian film industry is obsessed with Hollywood.
“I do not know why there is an inferiority complex among us. Everybody here wants to work in Hollywood and become big. I can’t understand why we have this complex. When we watch films from a powerful country, we feel somewhat inferior. We think our films are not up to their level, but at present, we should feel proud of our films. We are making films with very good content here.”
Nawaz has also talked about his early life and struggle in his recent interviews. He revealed that his first job was as a security guard. “Noida was where I got my first job as a security guard outside a toy factory. I had come from Muzaffarnagar before 1993,” he said.
Nawazuddin is currently gearing up for the release of Kushan Nandy’s Babumoshai Bandookbaaz, in which he will be paired with Bidita Bag. The film is slated to release on August 25.