Legendary Bollywood actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui, thoug he may have attained the status of one of the most talented and versatile actors, is apparently still facing a tough time in the films because of his skin colour. The actor shared a cryptic message about the racist discrimination he has faced in the Hindi film industry over his appearance.
Taking to Twitter on Monday, Nawazuddin, who recently starred in Mom, wrote: “Thank you for making me realise that I cannot be paired along with the fair and handsome because I am dark and not good looking. But I never focus on that.”
The actor, however, who had earlier said that there is no racism in Bollywood, did not divulge any further details regarding the incident which prompted him to write the post on the microblogging site.
However, after his tweet created a furore, the 43-year-old actor layter clarified that his tweet was just a reply. “I tweeted what I felt. Someone had said something to me and that tweet is a reply to that,” he said during a press conference of Munna Michael.
“When I was young and I expressed my desire to become an actor, people around me said, ‘Have you looked at yourself?’. Even later, when I used to go to offices in Mumbai, everyone used to tell me that I don’t look like an actor. So these things are there everywhere, not just in Bollywood,” he added.
Last year in an interview, Nawazuddin had praised the film industry for giving priority to talent over good looks.