Contrary to popular belief, Boney Kapoor’s upcoming film Mom is not Adnan Siddiqui’s first big Bollywood offer. In a recent interview, the actor revealed that he was also approached for Rani Mukerjee-starrer Mardaani and Mahesh Bhatt’s Jism 2. However, Siddiqui rejected both offers because he felt the roles weren’t substantial enough to leave an impact on Bollywood.
In fact, Siddiqui was also initially apprehensive about signing Mom but that had more to do with the fact that he was nervous about working opposite veteran actress Sridevi.
“Initially, I was nervous about working with Sridevi ji, but her kindness made it easy,” he told Mid Day. “She reacts perfectly and puts you at ease. She is a great actor and extremely humble. That shows her class and what she has achieved. I have learnt a lot of things from her.”
Though Siddiqui is a loyal fan of the veteran actress, she wasn’t the only reason why he signed the film. A major motivation for Siddiqui was the presence of acclaimed actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui who also features in the film.
“Though I have no scenes with him, I can at least put in my resume that I have worked with him,” he noted.
Siddiqui has time and again proved his mettle as a versatile actor and though a chunk of his work has been limited to local television serials, the actor was also seen in a small role in Angelina Jolie’s A Mighty Heart. One can argue that his role in the Hollywood venture was also small in what was essentially a female-oriented film, it seems it’s the significance of it that matters most to Siddiqui.
“While I am of the same age as the Khans, they are still not my contemporaries. It would be stupid to think that I will get a role like they do. I am creating space like Irrfan, Kay Kay Menon or Manoj Bajpayee and a few other character actors,” he asserted. “If I think I can do what Shah Rukh Khan does here or, for that matter, what Fawad does in Pakistan, it will be stupid. You have to be aware of where you stand.”