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Nawazuddin Siddiqui says he felt guilty after doing Rajinikanth's Petta. Here's why

Feb 15, 2024 09:56 PM IST

Nawazuddin Siddiqui made his Tamil debut with Karthik Subbaraj's 2019 action film Petta, which starred Rajinikanth in the lead role.

Nawazuddin Siddiqui said he felt guilty after filming his debut Tamil film, Petta. In an interview with Galatta Plus, the actor claimed he was guilt-ridden after starring in Karthik Subbaraj's Tamil film, despite starring alongside Superstar Rajinikanth. (Also Read: Nawazuddin Siddiqui says he cannot ask people to give him work, will even sell shoes to make his own films)

Nawazuddin Siddiqui played the antagonist in Petta
Nawazuddin Siddiqui played the antagonist in Petta

Nawazuddin on Petta

“When I did Petta with Rajini sir, after I came back from the shoot, I was in a lot of guilt. That I'm charging money for something I don't even know. It felt like I fooled everyone. Because I was just lip-syncing to the prompting. I couldn't understand a lot of words, but I was doing it. Even if it turns out to be efficient, you feel very ashamed. And if you get paid for it, you ask yourself, ‘Am I committing fraud?’,” Nawazuddin said in Hindi in the interview.

Produced by Sun Pictures, Petta is directed by Pizza-fame Karthik Subbaraj and music scored by Anirudh Ravichander. The film also stars Vijay Sethupathy, Simran, Trisha, and Sasikumar. Petta, roughly translating into one's local stronghold in Tamil, released along with the Ajith-Nayanthara starrer Viswasam, directed by Siva, back in 2019.

Course-correction in Saindhav

Nawazuddin then explained that he took the lesson from the sets of Petta and corrected course in his recent debut Telugu film, Saindhav. “I did my own dubbing. And every dialogue, I knew its meaning, what I'm saying, and why I'm saying it. So I felt less guilty,” he added.

Helmed by Sailesh Kolanu and produced by Venkat Boyanapalli, the action-packed 2023 film Saindhav also stars Venkatesh Daggubati, Shraddha Srinath, Ruhani Sharma, Andrea Jeremiah, Sara, and Jayaprakash. Saindhav released in the theatres on January 13, and is now streaming on Prime Video India. In a film hailed as a ‘desi John Wick,’ Nawazuddin played a merciless gangster called Vikas Malik, who locks horns with Venkatesh's titular character.

Nawazuddin will be next seen in Adbhut, Noorani Chehra, and Sangeen.

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