With everyone trying their hand at something new during the coronavirus lockdown, actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui has decided to stay grounded and is 'sharpening the nuances' of his craft, reported Hindustan Times.
The Bollywood actor who is regularly hailed as one of the finest actors in the industry, says that "this free time has given me an opportunity to rediscover myself as an artist. I’ve gone back to being an acting/cinema student all over again."
He's also discovered a unique way for himself to go about this. "I watch back-to-back movies – at one go – of one particular favourite actor of mine such as Anthony Hopkins, Daniel Day Lewis, Ricardo Darin and Tony Leung etc. Then, I move on to another actor’s films," he said.
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"That way, I understand how the same actor must have gone through preparing for such different parts. So, I get a sneak-peek into his mindset and processes," explained Nawaz, adding that he can't sit through 'time-pass' films.
The Gangs of Wasseypur actor went on to share the idea behind his new-found ways to hone his craft. "The idea is to watch tough, path-breaking work," he said, adding that the younger generation also seems to be looking for the same king of work on OTT platforms. "After this period (Covid-19 restrictions), ‘time-pass’ films may start looking out of place. And accordingly, our filmmakers also have to alter their craft."
What are some of these 'tough, path breaking' films that have made it to his watch-list? Here's a lowdown!
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Anthony Hopkins' The Remains of the Day, The Innocent, The Two Popes, Red Dragon, The Rite and Fracture. The Age of Innocence, There Will be Blood, Lincoln, In The Name of The Father and Phantom Thread featuring Daniel Day Lewis. American Beauty, Seven, Pay It Forward, Outbreak and House of Cards starring Kevin Spacey, and Matthew McConaughey's Dallas Buyers Club, The Gentlemen and Serenity.
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