Nawaz Criticizes Theater Monopoly, Says It’s Hard To Flop In 4,500 Screens
Actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui monopolized the theaters of “big movies” and killed the little ones before they had a chance to prove themselves. He said that even a movie about dogs and cats will make millions if it reaches more than 4,500 screens.
In an interview, Nawaz said that thanks to streaming platforms, his work has been made available to a global audience. Nawaz was recently nominated for an international EMMY award for his performance in Sudhir Mishra’s Serious Men.
He told in an interview, “At the end of the day, your choices define you. Flops don’t matter, what matters is screen count. If someone monopolizes 4500 screens and doesn’t allow any other film to run, then even a film about cats and dogs will make ₹20-30 crores. This is a fact. It is very important to understand that if a film is released in over 4500 screens – regardless of whose film it is – it will make ₹20-30-40 crore.”
When Nawaz was pointed out that international content from countries like South Korea and Spain is a huge hit with Indian audiences these days, the actor said: “We’ve been making content like this from the very beginning. The only difference is that I and a 1000 other actors like me weren’t given the screen space. Big films used to come and monopolize the environment. And when our work was exposed to a global audience through OTT, they realised our worth.”
After several supporting roles, Nawaz took the stage with Anurag Kashyap’s Gangs of Wasseypur Part II. Since then he has appeared in films as diverse as Bajrangi Bhaijaan and Manto. When broadcasting, the actor played the gangster Ganesh Gaitonde in Sacred Games and appeared in the detective thriller Raat Akeli Hai. He is currently filming Heropanti 2 with Tiger Shroff in the title role.