Never thought that Nawazuddin would become such a huge actor: Hirani

NC Network, Mumbai

Rajkumar Hirani while speaking at the Indian Film & Television Directors' Association's  (IFTDA) master class,  said that he never thought that Nawazuddin Siddiqui would become such a huge actor. Hirani has worked with Siddiqui in his debut film. 

Nawazuddin featured in Hirani's comedy drama "Munna Bhai MBBS. That time Nawaz was struggling to become an actor. He played a very small role of a pick-pocket in the film. 

Hirani said, People had to beat him up in that scene and they really did that! I told him 'Nawaz you've done an amazing work, you're a great actor!' But in my head, I never thought that Nawazuddin Siddiqui would become such a huge actor that he is today."

He added that a lot of his personal experiences find their way into his movies, which also includes the introductory scene of Sunil Dutt in "Munna Bhai MBBS." This scene was inspired from an incident which happened with his father. 

Hirani said, ""He was doing a film after 16 years. We were ready to shoot when Dutt sahab felt 'I don't have a great scene, just an introduction is there.' So he called up Vidhu (Vinod Chopra) and he in turn called me and said add a scene. I told him I can't because it won't go in the flow but he insisted. I kept on thinking about it and then finally added the scene where a thief picks his pockets and people started beating him. Dutt sahab saves him and advises him to stay away from such people as they are frustrated."

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